The Coincidental Critic

Exploring the art of storytelling.

Pilot: Bury the Evidence (Including the Body)

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Unlike most people who’ve tuned into this show because of Shonda Rhimes or Viola Davis, I have tuned in because of Alfred Enoch aka Dean Thomas!  I’ve never been the biggest fan of Shonda Rhimes’ shows–they’re a bit too dramatic for me–and I can’t deny that Viola is amazing, but I’m a die-hard Harry Potter fan and like to keep tabs on all the actors including Enoch.  And what makes “How to Get Away with Murder” even better is that based off the first episode, Wes, who is played by Enoch, appears to be the main character.

The A-list star of this show is Academy Award nominee, Viola Davis.  And, of course, the creators gave her a grand entrance.  We saw the back of Professor Keating’s head as she entered her law classroom.  Then, we saw her bag being placed down on the desk.  Lastly, we watched as Keating wrote on the chalk board, her back towards us.  And then, Ta Da, she turned around.  This reminded me of the reveal of Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Great Gatsby.”  It was a build-up with a few peeks until the final reveal.

“How to Get Away with Murder” lived up to its name in the first scene.  It put us right in the action- four people in the woods dealing with the fact that they just murdered someone (or are at least involved with a murder).  Immediately, I was pulled right in.  What the heck was going on?  It was tense and exciting right from the start.

As soon as the episode ended, I was hooked.  I wanted to know what happened and why.  Why did they kill Sam Keating?  Did Sam have anything to do with Lila Stangard and/or her disappearance?  What’s with the Keatings’ marriage?  And what about Wes’s neighbor?- she is definitely involved somehow.  So many questions… I guess I’m going to just have to keep watching to get them all answered.

The pilot episode was a whole lot of action, but it had few introductions, especially when it came to the characters.  We didn’t learn that much about the characters in the pilot, so I left the episode not feeling connect to any of them.  And I feel like I don’t really know them other than that they’re lawyers or future lawyers.  All I really have is a first impression of these characters.  And as of right now, I don’t really like any of them.  The students could potentially be murders, and Professor Keating and her husband act very strangely.  Because of this lack of attachment to the characters, I feel less motivated to tune in next episode (but of course I will- I need to know what’s going on).

I wasn’t a fan of the directors’ style in this episode.  I thought that the camera work was very sloppy.  Their were just too many camera shots in each scene.  The visual kept changing, which distracted me from the actual storyline.  It felt like the directors were trying to show off, which made the work come across amateurish.  I understand that choppy transitions may be a good idea to illustrate chaos and suspense; however I think it can be cleaned up a bit- many of the shots seemed unnecessary.

“How to Get Away with Murder” was definitely interesting.  I sat on the edge of my seat the entire time, trying to figure out what was going on.  It was engaging and exciting, as it had promised to be.  Next episode, I hope to learn more about the characters.  I’ve also accepted the fact that I will probably be bombarded with more questions before any answers are provided.  Bring on the mystery!

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