Wednesday, September 24, 2014

How to Get Away with Murder (ABC): Episode 1

1. Pilot
Four undergrads toss a coin to decide whether they should get rid of the body or leave it as it is. Flashback to three months earlier, Wes Gibbons (Alfred Enoch) is late for his first day of law school and gets grilled by ruthless law professor Annalise Keating (Viola Davis). In the midst of a controversial murder trial, she aims to recruit four of her best students for assistance, a plum position that will have a great impact on their future careers. Michaela Pratt (Aja Naomi King) scores a slot by discrediting a witness through the use of social media, while Connor Walsh (Jack Falahee) manages to get his hands on illegal evidence through casual sex. Laurel Castillo (Karla Souza) completes the group, but has to deal with the fact that the world of criminal law will not always side with innocence. Hesitant but left without a choice, they decide to clean the bloodstained murder weapon and incinerate the corpse to destroy the DNA, revealing in the end that the victim is no other than Sam Keating (Tom Verica), their professor’s husband.

Now that’s how you make a pilot episode. By shuttling back and forth between past events and a controversial present dilemma, you easily get a captive audience interested to know what the hell happened in between. But the non-linear plot is not the only thing going on for this show. You have to thank the characters too. When Wes walks in on Annalise getting cozy with a muscled man who is not her husband, you begin to realize that every character here has an interesting flaw that will affect the flow of the story later on, as not everyone and everything appears to be what they really are. Connor being homo is yet another interesting twist, and perhaps would do to satisfy the radical feminists out there. For a long time, women have been “objectified” both in the small and big screens by having them use their sexuality as a tool to get what they want. Here, you have a guy taking care of that plot device. I’m still 50-50 on Michaela and Laurel, but I’m hoping they’d level up in the next episodes. As for Annalise, well, what a badass. Now I know that Emmy is well-deserved, and this is just the first episode!

“This is Criminal Law 100, or as I prefer to call it: How to Get Away with Murder” –Annalise Keating

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