Shonda Rhimes, writer of popular television shows “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” recently produced the new ABC hit “How to Get Away with Murder.” The show chronicles the trials and tribulations of Middleton law school professor Annalise Keating (Viola Davis), and her students Wes Gibbons (Alfred Enoch), Connor Walsh (Jack Falahee), Michaela Pratt (Aja Naomi King), and Asher Millstone (Matt McGorry) who get caught up in a murder plot.
Due to Rhimes’ previous successes, many were drawn to watch this new series. The pilot episode was viewed by over fourteen million Americans. As a fan of “Scandal,” I too was excited to watch it, and I’m glad I did.
What I found intriguing about the show is the difference in settings and tones of the show. From the lecture hall, to the courtroom, to Professor Keating’s house, the drama continues. The show has proved that even a pep rally can become a murder scene. Also, there is a compelling use of flash forward scenes in the show, showing a sharp contrast between the students before a scandalous murder and afterwards.
Typical of any Rhimes drama, the acting is exceptional and convincing. Academy Award nominee Davis is captivating as both a serious and confident lawyer, and a broken wife worried for the state of her marriage. Keating she is an intimidating professor, a manipulating lawyer, and a suspicious wife.
The show is also giving many young and relatively unknown actors the opportunity to showcase their talents. Enoch is given a spotlight as the bright-eyed scrappy lawyer, who was lucky enough to be brought off of the waitlist and into the program. The bambi-like actor is best know as Dean from the Harry Potter movie franchise. The show is also gaining notoriety for the creation of a gay character, Connor Walsh, played by newcomer Jack Falahee. Walsh is confident, witty, and his morals are questionable, but he is one of the most likeable characters in the series.
My one complaint so far is the somewhat forced relationship between Wes and his unfriendly and mysterious neighbor Rebecca Sutter (Katie Findlay.) Although there have only been a few episodes of the series, their dialogue doesn’t lend itself to the googly eyes the two share.
As a fan of Rhimes’ “Scandal,” I find the show a lot easier to follow. Most of that is due to the fact that the dialogue moves a lot slower, and it is closer to a mystery than a thriller. However viewers can expect the same lies, backstabbing, and danger that was in “Scandal.”
The series airs every Thursday night at 10:00 p.m.
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