The Lincoln Lawyer Season 2 Part 2 Review – A courtroom battle for the ages

By Ricky Valero
Published: August 3, 2023
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The Lincoln Lawyer Season 2 Part 2 Review - A courtroom battle for the ages


The Lincoln Lawyer Season 2 Part 2 might struggle to get started, but the electric courtroom battle between two heavyweights makes up for any other issues.

This review of the Netflix series The Lincoln Lawyer Season 2 Part 2 does not contain spoilers.

Netflix continues to test out the splitting of its high-profile shows into two parts. The latest is The Lincoln Lawyer Season 2, which is based on the fourth book of Michael Connelly’s book series titled The Fifth Witness.

The Lincoln Lawyer Season 2 Part 2 review and plot summary

The Lincoln Lawyer Season 2 Part 2 follows Mickey Haller continuing to represent Lisa Trammel, who is on trial for the murder of a real estate mogul.

The second half of the season picks up right where we left off, with Mickey beaten down inside the parking garage. The action quickly moves on from the beatdown to head into the courtroom where Mickey and the district attorney Andrea are going toe to toe in the case of Lisa Trammel. From mystery witnesses to the help of the FBI to the murder weapon being found, it was a whirlwind of a ride the writers took us down.

Although I struggled with how the writers handled things post-beatdown, they delivered when we got into the courtroom for the trial. They wrote this poetry-like chess matchup between two titans trying to win the biggest case of their careers. You’d watch Andrea get the upper hand only for Mickey to take it right back, and vice versa.

This show is at its best while inside the courtroom. Watching the series through the lens of these incredibly talented directors only enhances the drama. Two of the series’ best episodes were directed by Shana Stein. She ensures that we get the exact reaction from the right person while always maintaining focus on who is on the stand or which lawyer is presenting their case.

I mentioned the writers struggled with Mickey post-beating, and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo suffered early on in Episode 6 with the lackluster writing of Mickey. But as the season progressed, Rulfo shows he can rise to the occasion every single time he needs to steal the show. Rulfo was made for the role of Mickey Haller. His opposition in the courtroom was DA Andrea Freeman, played by Yaya DaCosta, who stands on her own in the battle with Rulfo. She deserves as much praise this season as her counterpart.

Is The Lincoln Lawyer Season 2 Part 2 good or bad?

The Lincoln Lawyer continues to thrive as a direct result of some great writing, but more importantly, the performance from Manuel Garcia Rulfo.

The series does have some structural issues with trying to have too much on the table. However, the writers give Mickey Haller a great foe in district attorney Andrea Freeman to go head to head with to ensure that the season landed in the long run. If we are to get a Season 3, the writers need to lean more in the courtroom than trying to add things that mess up the pacing.

Is The Lincoln Lawyer Season 2 Part 2 worth watching?

Fans of the series will be delighted that The Lincoln Lawyer continues to deliver and raise the stakes for Mickey Haller and his crew.

While the season does feature some frustrating decision-making for some of the characters, the rest of the series, including the courtroom drama, makes up for that.

What did you think of The Lincoln Lawyer Season 2 Part 2? Comment below.

You can watch this series with a subscription to Netflix.

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