How to Get Away with Murder: Season 1, Episode 1; Pilot.

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I don’t normally watch network TV. The only exception to this is Hannibal (which always amazes me that it’s on NBC). But my mother watched How to Get Away with Murder the other night and thought it was really good, so I thought what the hell, I’ll give it a try. The show is basically about a criminal defense professor who teaches law and her students. Each episode there is a crime that has to be solved/covered up.
The best part of this show is by far Viola Davis as Annalise Keating, the criminal defense lawyer. She elevates this show from your typical who-dunnit. She commands the screen and reminds me of a few hard ass professors I had in university. She is very cool, intelligent, blunt, and she looks great. I envy her wardrobe. I also like how the students have to compete with each other to come up with the best defense. It’s a nice twist on having to solve a case. And I liked the sex on the show. There was plenty of it and it was funny at times too.

Viola Davis as Annalise Keating.
Viola Davis as Annalise Keating.

What I don’t like about the show is first of all the students. None of the main four made an impression on me. Except for Wes Gibbins (Alfred Enoch) and Michaela Pratt (Aja Naomi King). Wes is annoyingly dumb and also poorly acted. Michael is just stuck up and stereotypically kisses Annalise’s ass. The constant flashing back and forth really irritated me. I guess they want the audience to be intrigued about this murder the students apparently did. But I just found it kept taking me out of things. They could have hinted at it a little bit and maybe it would have been more intriguing. What really bugged me is the scene between Annalise and Wes in the bathroom. It came out of nowhere and was confusing. Does she want to have sex with him? Is she trying to get sympathy from him? I have absolutely no idea.

Annalise and Wes Gibbins (Alfred Enoch). What the heck was going on here?
Annalise and Wes Gibbins (Alfred Enoch). What the heck was going on here?

Overall this show is okay. I like that it isn’t necessarily about right and wrong. It’s just about a criminal defense lawyer doing her job, something that’s always interested me. How do you defend someone you know is guilty? How to Get Away with Murder is a relatively pleasant way to pass an hour on Thursday night. But there are plenty of other shows I would rather be watching.

Tidbits:

  • “You can spend [your life] in a corporate office drafting contracts and hitting on chubby paralegals before finally putting a gun in your mouth, or you can join my firm and become somebody you actually like.” Annalise tells Wes how it is.
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