American Crime Story is the sibling of American Horror Story and an upgrade on the quality of the latter. Crime Story tackles with the reality of crimes and some of the major cases in American history whereas Horror Story is all about the art, style and most importantly the tone of the piece.
The story of OJ Simpson’s trial. A true crime story which never loses it’s hyper-realistic direction and manages to work within the limitations that comes with telling a story everyone is familiar with. The case is one of the most famous crime cases in American history and the creative team of the show makes sure it remain relevant with every coming episode.
Crime Story is a slow burner, it doesn’t shift into the gears as fast as Fargo did or like How To Get Away Murder does every 5 minutes. It’s not that kind of a show, but that doesn’t mean it lacks any of the prime ingredients that makes a show worth waiting for. The core of THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY is the cast and the intriguing personalities they play in the show that are responsible for all the word-wars taking place on screen and of-course, The Race issue. The issue of black and white plays a pivotal role in the series, so much so that before even getting used to the format of the show, the viewer will end up taking sides.
There is no shortage of performers poised to follow up those brilliant moments of the second installment, giving me hope that the rest of the season will be just as good. From Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story) as Marcia Clark, to Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek) as Gil Garcetti, to Sterling K. Brown (Army Wives) as Christopher Darden as , to Christian Clemenson (Boston Legal) as Bill Hodgman, and, of course, Courtney B. Vance (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) as Johnnie Cochran, the casting is terrific.
The case took place immediately after the Rodney King riots and that’s the main reason the race card is played so often in the trial. Some of the major character decisions and mistakes by the prosecution are due the racial tension at the time in Los Angeles and for those who have done some research on the case or know something about OJ Simpson the context will feel very relevant.
The only down feel of the show is John Travolta, who, with all due respect, is a great actor but hasn’t got his footings right in the role of Robert Shapiro. With almost half the season gone, it’s very unlikely that Travolta will get a chance to step up his game. But the fact that the rest of the cast is in control of what they are supposed to do is enough for this already amazingly engaging series to sail, and with pride and joy. Not that it has anything to do with pride or joy for that matter. Never-mind.
Next Episode airs 8th March.