Justice – FOX
Victor Garber (Alias) heads up a cast of attorneys that deal with high-profile cases.
The show promised to be the “CSI of law shows” by showing the behind-the-scenes of preparing clients and evidence for the trial. The law firm is very flashy. They have a bunch of high-tech gadgetry that helps them keep everything straight. They have tons of interns and research assistants to go through tons of paper from the prosecution so nothing is overlooked. There are mock juries and a jury consultant on hand to help tweak their presentation. Sometimes, they need to get an expert witness to explain things more clearly or make it more exciting so the jury doesn’t get bored. Sometimes the lawyers need to dress a different way to present themselves like the potential jurors. Other times they have to decide if demonstrations will go over with the jury or if it will be deemed too “flashy”. And then there are the times where a jury won’t like one lawyer over another so they have to not defend the client at all or risk alienating the jury. At the end of the show, after the trial is over, there is a scene showing what actually happened.
I didn’t really like this show at first. It wasn’t winning me over. The characters weren’t well-written or there didn’t seem to be much to them. It was all too flashy for me right up front. I didn’t seem to care at the end of the first episode what really happened to the client’s wife. Did she bump her head and fall into the pool to drown or did he hit her with a golf club and kill her? I didn’t really care much. The second episode didn’t do much for me either, which was a small-town girl dating a rich, married music executive and was accused of killing him for his money. They both seemed like stories that I had seen before, so there was no real surprise for me while watching any of it.
It wasn’t until the third episode that I finally became hooked. It was about an Orange County bartender accused to killing a runaway bride. He drove her home, but said she was alive when he dropped her off. She was missing, and blood was found in his car, so everyone assumed he killed her. Part of what was interesting was the lawyers had to try the case in Orange County instead of L.A. so their approach was different and more subdued. Their experts were more interesting and there was some debate on whether they should have a demonstration in court about showing how the defendant’s hand prints were too small to be the ones left on the runaway bride’s neck (she was eventually found dead). The gadgets used were super cool!
I also liked that in starting in the second episode and continuing on in the third was bits and pieces of the lawyers’ personal lives have been revealed. It makes them more interesting and makes them react differently to the same situations when they have personalities. They are becoming less cookie cutter.
What I really noticed about watching the last episode was that I couldn’t wait to see how it ended, and then what really happened. I had been watching the series while I was getting ready for work, so I would watch half of it one morning and the last half the next morning. The third episode was the only one where I came home from work and watched the rest of it, since I wanted to know how it ended. I coudn’t wait for the next day.