I have been hearing good feedback about this series and I decided to start watching this. As I am writing this review, I am in the middle of season 1 and I, somehow, have mixed feelings about this.
As far a the storyline is concerned, it is made well and I love the twists and turns. It does put me at the edge of my seat. As far as the castings are concerned, a remarkable ensemble. Acting was great and believable.
But eventually, episode after episode, something caught my attention. I am not sure if I am the only one who notices this. Let me break it down for you.
The base of the story is that in a classroom set-up in college (criminology class), there were students who were selected (5 students) to work with the defense attorney, Annalise Keating (played by Viola Davis), which is a good plot of the series. But the thing that became a pet peeve for me was that in every scene of the classroom, Annalise would engage the students with some questions but she would only choose among the 5 particular students that she selected to work with her on her cases. I know the questions are somehow connected to the plot of the episode but the little details that annoys me is that the class if full of students, trying to learn. When a question is being asked, she only chooses within the 5 students. What is the point of that scene? Would it be better if it was like a special class where the 5 students are the only ones in the room then Annalise then could bombard them with questions of the different cases. The other students in the classroom just looks so irrelevant and yet they all had to be in the scene. For me it was not a critical or make-or-break scene or detail. It could have been simplified and simply relevant.
Also I noticed that Annalise’s personal life is somehow mixed in to the storyline and the students are exposed to this. Well since it’s a pressure setting to be the best among the 5 students like a competition, those “personal mishaps” of Annalise could actually be used to blackmail her to pass the class or win the competition. I know it’s a bit on the darkish but then again isn’t it the core of this series? It could have been titled as ” How to Get Away with Blackmail” – sounds catchy isn’t it?
Nevertheless, it’s still a good series, I must admit. The twists and turns are very addictive and it would leave you to think for yourself on who the real murder is and how the murder was committed.
4/5 Stars rating