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Season 3, Episode 8 – It’s a heartbreaking but poignant conclusion to this season of American Crime which some may find difficult to accept while others may see as perfectly fitting for this show critiquing current day America.
Season 3, Episode 7 – Another heartbreaker of an episode for American Crime as some plots wind down and others gear up for what’s sure to be a bleak finale next week.
Season 3, Episode 6 – American Crime is not for the faint of heart this week, as we lose another main character in the most tragic of ways, and things grow even more grim for the most powerless of our society.
Season 3, Episode 5 – It’s a tough hour to watch, but this is good television. American Crime‘s characters are all faced with the illusion of choice, but really are stuck between bad and worse.
Season 3, Episode 4 – American Crime provides a heartwrenching hour of television in its fourth episode, bringing surprising developments and some small forms of closure for its conflicted characters.
Season 3, Episode 3 – American Crime is not one to watch if you’re looking to lift your spirits this week, but it’s still an intriguing ensemble show, putting social themes often ignored in the spotlight.
Season 3, Episode 2 – American Crime brings a more focused and still outstanding episode, revealing some interesting plot turns and highlighting the plight of the powerless and exploited in America.
Season 3, Episode 1 – American Crime starts off its third season strong, though simple, with a talented cast that makes the large group of characters feel very real.
The season two finale was a descent into the darkening circle of guilt and blame, and yet another reminder that this season has always been about taking responsibility for one’s actions – and that anything other than that leads only to repetition of circumstance and madness.
Ok everyone, now I want you to breathe in – and release. Better? I think we all needed that breathing room of the rollercoaster of events that has followed Taylor ‘Shooter’ Blaine ever since that fateful night at the Captain’s Cup when the poisoned chalice was tasted.
I take back the words I wrote last week about American Crime being a succession of melodramatic crises, piling in on each other like an over-emotional cuddle puddle of woe. John Ridley pulled everything together with last night’s episode.
American Crime sure does have a way with cliffhangers. It’s as if the no single trauma were enough to keep us, the modern tv cynics, interested for more than 40 minutes.
For the past few episodes, if not all actually, American Crime has been focused on the parents. Of course, we’ve seen the high school drama play out, the teenage emotions laid bare, etc., but for the most part the real meat and potatoes of the drama here has been mum and dad. But this week’s second places the teens involved front-and-center.
Here’s a problem with the otherwise delightful American Crime series: how do you go about establishing motif over the course of hours upon hours of television, without it coming of as gimmick?
American Crime is showing no signs of slowing down. Four episodes in, and we’re still getting revelatory, mum-your-mouth-is-open cliffhangers at the end of every 40 minutes. The acting is stellar enough to make us feel like we are witnessing those moments in real people’s lives, and that in itself might be the most refreshing act anyone can pull off.
Here’s a question for those who prefer to dissect their movie cake rather than just plain eat it: at what point does a film leave the director and belong to an editor? I raise the question now because more and more I can’t shake the feeling that American Crime is a superbly-edited sow’s ear. Quite the turn, considering the past two glowing reviews.
Listen here, sonny: you’ve got two types of shows in this world. Shows that investigate how a character reacts to the world around them, and shows that investigate how a world reacts to its characters. American Crime is a remarkably well-crafted series that falls in the latter category.
American Crime is as good as most of the shows Netflix’s algorithms churn out. So yes, its characters look like human beings, and yes, they aren’t required to fill their friends in on what just went down 10 minutes ago, every 10 minutes. Funny what happens when you have a great writer like John Ridley steering the ship.