I just finished binge watching American Crime, season 1….wow…
I didn’t know anything about the show when I saw it on Netflix, and I don’t want to ruin it for you if you haven’t seen it (don’t read anything about it either!!), but after watching this show, I feel like I’ve been on an extraordinarily emotional experience–
The pace of this show is very quiet and slow–unlike most crime shows–and it takes a little while to get used to this quiet pacing…there are no real ‘good’ guys or real ‘bad’ guys, everyone is a shade of Grey…perhaps that’s more like how we all are truly, in real life, a shade of Grey, but in a tv show this greyness often leaves something feeling missing, because we often go to tv (and movies) to escape, and part of the pleasure of escaping into the tv world, is that we know who are the good and who are the bad guys, because they’re nicely labeled nicely for us in escapist tv and movie pleasure…
American Crime show doesn’t cave to this hedonistic pleasure.
So I plowed through the entire first season (having to manually hang lots of different medications every few hours every day makes it easy to watch a lot of tv, even if I’m not into a show at first 😳),
and I have to say,
American Crime pulls off one of the most touching and dramatic and beautiful moments of true tenderness and love that I’ve ever seen in a television show, in a completely and unexpected way, in the last episode of season 1–
It completely took my breath away–
But perhaps like working hard on a movie for a long time, or spending hours on a book and then finally getting to the point where you feel ‘it’s done’,
this moment in the last episode pays off mostly because of diligently going through the entire season, digesting the show, allowing its temp to take hold of your heart,
and also because of its element of surprise…not knowing about the show, so when it happens, you’re like…wow…
If a visual medium could ever express true love (like how Beethoven’s ninth symphony expresses true happiness), this moment is it.
I know you don’t have as much time to binge watch like I do (understatement of the year :), and I think Stranger Things should still be at top of your list–if anything for the sheer amusement of watching pieces of your life play out in amusing reference–
but if you find yourself in the mood for a quiet, savoring drink…something beautiful, something thoughtful, something biting, something loving, something questioning, something dark…
Then watch American Crime season 1 🙂