sunray wrote:It was good but not brilliant. They kinda lost me with Naz's transformation and the behaviour of the female lawyer. Just didn't believe it. Turturro was excellent though.
Glad it had a definite ending rather than dragging Naz's story out to another series. In saying that I'm sure there will be a second series as there's money to be made.
Personally I thought Naz's change was the point of the whole show. The problems with fitting everything into 8 episodes whilst attempting to cover every aspect of Criminal Justice
(the title of Peter Moffat's original UK show, with Ben Wishart as Naz and Joe Meek as John Stone!) caused several aspects to be covered unsatisfactorily, but too much to get into now.
For me the main problems was the attempt to cover all the bases. The episode when Stone ended uncharacteristically chasing after Dwayne Reade, seemed unnecessary and the next episode began without referencing it. The court scenes were also often jarring with glaring procedural errors. I loved the female prosecutor, but her character was compromised by the way those scenes often played out. She not only violated Brady by not disclosing exculpatory material to the defence, but bordered on suborning perjury with a couple of her witnesses.
The kiss with the young lawyer seemed out of character, but was a necessary plot device to get Stone to deliver the closing. Unfortunately only a few US State Bar assoc don't permit counsel to have relationships with clients, NY not being one. Then the fact Omar was able to access and distribute footage of just a kiss, seemed a bit far fetched.
If HBO follow the UK, it will return as an anthology. I'd love to see more of Tuturro, Omar and Bodie though. I guess I'll just have to rewatch the Wire again for the last two, which is no chore! Also just found out the lawyer who defends State Senator Clay Davies in the last season was a witness earlier this year in Serial S1 subject Adnan Syed's Post-conviction Relief hearing! Billy Murphy is an actual lawyer, and was once a partner in a law firm with the late Cristina Guttierrez.
I was disappointed by S2 of the UK version. It had an interesting premise for the story, but really dragged and failed to make the viewer care about the main characters, so I really didn't care much about the ending. I'd love to see Stone and the female prosecutor reprise their roles, but I certainly don't need to see more of Naz or the others - I was really invested in his story, his acting was great, but the end completed his arc and made for a satisfying if jarring conclusion - which I liked all the more for the ragged edges and uncertainty here. The equivalent character in the original UK show has his story tied up neatly in a bow, with a boring happy ending full of over-wrought sentimentality.
If you're a man in charge and claim you're a staunch feminist? Then give a woman your job, or shut the fuck up! (Mark Kozelek)