A judge confronts his convictions when his son is involved in a hit and run that embroils an organized crime family. Facing impossible choices, he discovers how far a father will go to save his son's life.
On the anniversary of his wife's death, Michael and Adam create an alibi for the day of the accident. A favor for Michael pulls his close friends Charlie and Lee into the web of deception. Kofi gets ...
Bryan Cranston stars as a New Orleans judge who is forced to confront his own deepest convictions when his son is involved in a hit and run that embroils an organized crime family. As a storm of vengeance, lies and deceit threatens to engulf the entire city, Michael Desiato faces a series of increasingly impossible choices and discovers just how far an honest man will go to save his son's life.Written by
Michael Stuhlbarg here plays Jimmy Baxter, and in the script of episode 4, the character Charlie says, "Jimmy Baxter's a serious man." Michael Stuhlbarg played the lead in the 2009 movie called "A Serious Man." See more »
I think it's the first time I see a crime drama apply that golden rule of bad horror movies which is that for the plot to move along, the characters need to be insanely stupid.
This show relies on two principles: 1. the judge's kid is a complete idiot; 2. the New Orleans police is either corrupt or incompetent.
If that sounds like a good show to you, then please enjoy.
Like many, I was attracted to this series by the prospect of watching Bryan Cranston return to a lead role in a TV show. Another reason for me to watch this was that I confused Peter Moffat with Steven Moffat and was curious to see what the co-creator of Sherlock was up to (my bad). I was very disappointed.
This show is rather hard to rate. I had to settle on a 5 because even though there's a lot of bad (read the one star ratings, they mostly got it right), there's also a bit of good.
First of all, the subject doesn't seem to be so much about the extent of what a person will do to protect their kid, but rather about how much guilt a person can take before they crack and start doing the right thing, no mattter the consequences. If I'm not mistaken about that, then I think it's a worthy subject to explore. If you look at the show from that angle, it can be interesting.
The writing, though, sucks to no end. Everything other reviewers have said about plot holes is true. So if you intend to watch this show entirely to see how it ends (like I do), I'm guessing suspension of disbelief is going to take a lot of effort on this one.
Just a few words on the acting, to conclude. I don't think Bryan Cranston is using the same tricks he used on Breaking Bad. Yes, in both shows he plays a character with an unspeakable secret but the similarities end there. In Breaking Bad, he was slowly embracing becoming a bad person, whereas in this show he's eaten by guilt. And Cranston plays the nuance very finely. He's really a great actor, unfortunately stuck with a sometimes really bad script. And unlike many others, I don't blame the actor playing the kid for how annoying the character is. In fact, given how utterly stupid his character is seemingly supposed to be, I think the actor's performance is actually pretty adequate.
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