Shows like Making a Murderer on Netflix and The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst on HBO are spurring a new sub-genre of crime and psychological thriller. Before, television shows depicting crime were fictitious, but modern crime shows follow or depict real world events; the latest being The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story. For those who do not know, OJ ‘The Juice’ Simpson is a notorious National Football League retiree, whose legal troubles went viral before ‘viral’ was a thing. I will not reveal the conclusion of the trails in this article, as many of Geek Feed’s readers are unfamiliar with the events, which took place over twenty years ago; nonetheless, I should point out that the prosecution of OJ Simpson happened, and if one does not wish to know what happens, one should refrain from googling his name.
One episode in and The People v. OJ Simpson appears to have the potential to be one of the best cinematic television events in decades; however, nothing is flawless. Big stars like John Travolta and Friends’s David Schwimmer initially detract from the story, but towards the end of the episode, their performances become greater than their personas. In addition, the name-dropping of the Kardashian children seems both forced and unnecessary. My feelings about Cuba’s performance are inconclusive; his performance seemed ambiguous. Perhaps Gooding Jr. overacts intentionally, and that is how OJ Simpson presented himself. Either way, the greatness of The People v. OJ Simpson remains evident. The narrative manifests suspense, even though many know the story of OJ Simpson. Those born before 1985 know the destiny of OJ Simpson, while those born after 1985 have heard the myth of a renowned athlete who became heinous. The People v. OJ Simpson has shown signs of greatness, but nine episodes remain and much can change; nonetheless, FX Networks’ latest hit is one that should be on your radar if it is not already. The next episode of The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story will release on Tuesday February 9, 2016.
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Written by Jacob Loser