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sadly this is a uniquely bad episode. John Thaw is a great mystery
leading man, but unfortunately the writers have heaped on this episode
all the stereotypical US southern justice problems, i.e. death penalty,
wrongful conviction, biases, racists, etc. The trial and appeals are
badly flawed and give the appearance that US death sentences are rush
to judgment affairs with limited appeals and shoddy workmanship by all.
This may have been true many decades ago but in the last 10-20 years
ago it just doesn't work like that.
sad for such a good actor and generally good scripts. i highly recommend all the rest of this series as portraying the real problems of the criminal bar and criminal trials. never fun. it is always difficult to make sure justice is done.
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This episode is far from a simple indictment of Southern racism.
Unfortunately, wrongful police conduct and prosecutions have occurred
recently, and even now all over the U.S. (i.e. the Charles Stuart case
in Boston, and many cases where DNA proves men convicted of rape could
not have committed the crimes). I enjoyed the episode and found it kept
me guessing what would be revealed until the end.
Though the Governor and D.A. are a bit stereotypical corrupt politicians, the case being appealed is rather more complex. The convict and the victims are all black. One policeman is honest and not bigoted. The racist policewoman is revealed to be a lesbian, and in the end it is revealed that the man on death row was the shooter in one of the four killings, though perhaps he should only have been guilty of manslaughter not murder, were he not framed.
Starting with the good things, and the most obvious pro, John Thaw
gives yet another solid performance in the title role of James
Kavanagh. The scenery was lovely, helped by the beautiful production
values. The direction was decent and it was lovely to see Julia
Piper(pregnant here) played with real allure by Anna Chancellor again.
Also the music is deftly beautiful.
However, there are elements that make In God we Trust one of my least favourite episodes. One is that the script is quite weak, not abysmal but compared to the intelligence and sophistication of an episode like Memento Mori for example it is weak. Consequently with the exception of Chancellor and Lisa Harrow as Lizzie, nobody here stands out in the supporting cast and that is a shame really it is. Secondly, the courtroom scenes and appeals scenes are some of the weakest scenes in any of the Kavanagh episodes. Not because anybody acted badly, but the writing is altogether unexceptional, so the scenes were rather lifeless. Thirdly, while Thaw and Harrow acted beautifully here, the ending is rather abrupt and downbeat.
Overall, not bad but unexceptional. 7/10 Bethany Cox
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