‘The People V. O. J. Simpson’: Episode 1 – From The Ashes Of Tragedy | TV Review
Television dramas at the moment, most of which being broadcast on the BBC are of a high quality. The People v. O.J Simpson: American Crime Story, was no exception.
For those who do not know the events of June 12, 1994 and what followed, this is the perfect way to begin to understand how O.J Simpson was controversially acquitted for the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. The majority of people will have a rough idea of what happened, especially those who can remember the dramatic events of the days that followed the murders.
The beginning of the series starts with O.J Simpson (Cuba Gooding Jr.) leaving for Chicago. Several hours later, the bodies of Nicole and Ronald are found at their house, where OJ’s children were sleeping at the time. A trail of blood is found that leads police to believe that ‘Juice’ could be their prime suspect.
There are lots of characters involved in this murder case. Most of which will be developed further throughout the series. In this episode, we meet Marcia Clark (Sarah Paulson), head prosecutor and the only person who is not fazed by Simpsons fame as a successful footballer, as others let it cloud their judgement.
David Schwimmer plays friend and lawyer of Simpson, Robert Kardashian. From reading up on the case, it suggests Kardashian had more of a role to play in the actual murders by helping Simpson hide evidence. The series portrays Kardashian as an innocent and naive friend, rather than accomplice. John Travolta plays Robert Shapiro, the leading defence lawyer for Simpson and instrumental in the eventual verdict.
The series promises to be exciting and informative about this unique criminal case. It should display a relatively fair, if sometimes a little sympathetic account of what happened that night.
“I have no idea what that means, but you know what, it shouldn’t matter. He got away with beating her he is not gonna get away with killing her”.
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