American Crime

I’m a big TV guy. But I’m not a fan of comedies. I watch dramas. And only two crime shows because they’re all so fake and illogical. I feel the need tonight to talk to you about American Crime. I can’t remember if I’ve written about it on here before or not, but it is extraordinary. The season 2 finale aired tonight. I won’t get into specific details about the story or the cases involved. But I do want to tell you the kinds of things the show makes a point to address.

American criminal justice system.

Homophobia.

Racism.

Rape.

Gun violence.

Victim shaming.

Right to privacy.

Class system.

Drug use.

Bullying & cyberbullying.

Suicide.

High school.

Entitlement.

Public and private education.

I’m sure there are themes that are directly addressed I’m just not thinking of at the moment. But this show is so much more than just about crime. I tweeted immediately after I finished watching the finale.

There was no exaggeration when I wrote that. This is the kind of show that gives you an idea as to how someone like Donald Trump could become a front runner to be President of the United States. It’s because of the ideas and ideologies not much different from the show’s characters. But what the show really does well is it (in my opinion) gives great insight into different perspectives from different groups of people. People in power. Minorities. Victims of crimes. Teens. There are so many different perspectives on things that most people only pretend to understand. And there are so many perspectives that are completely ignored. To me, THAT’S what the show is all about. Perspectives.

Look. There are plenty out there who refuse to believe in reality. There are plenty of people who blatantly deny reality. But American Crime is as real as any thing you can see or feel for yourself. There are A LOT of bad shows on TV right now. There are A LOT of mediocre shows on TV right now. There are some good ones. But there are very few truly remarkable shows on the air right now. American Crime is one of those shows that is simply more than a TV show. It’s a message to every viewer in every episode. It’s a portrayal of American life. It’s real.

I only see the two seasons available for purchase from Amazon. They may be available from other retailers like Google or Apple, but Amazon has both seasons available to be purchased for $19.99. But most of the second season can be streamed through ABC.com, the Watch ABC app, or ABC on Demand. I’m not going to sit here and tell you how you should spend your money. The first season was nominated for awards every which way. And I imagine season 2 will be no different.

Have you watched American Crime?

 

A Question

I have a simple question today. House of Cards season 4 premiered last Friday at midnight PST. I managed to finish the season within 25 hours. And that was with having to work. Now I want to talk about it. Would any of you all be interested in a video or post about the show and the new season?

The Most Anticipated Week of the Year has Arrived

Which is that? Banned Books Week! Duhh.

First off, I never wrote my post back in April when 2014’s most banned books were initially announced. So here’s the list:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.

And Tango Makes Three by Jason Richardson and Peter Parnell.

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison.

It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley.

Saga (comic book series).

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard.

Drama by Raina Telgemeier.

These were the most challenged books last year. And I’m sure you recognize most or all of them. The best part about Banned Books Week is that events are going on all over the country in support of these books and others that have been challenged.

I haven’t been reading lately, so I won’t say I’m going to read one of these this week. But I think it’d be great to show your support for these books and authors in some way this week. Read a book. Tweet something. Write a blog post. Something.

What are you doing for Banned Books Week?

Amazon Studios Greenlights ‘Bosch’

Photo Credit: LA Times

I have two posts that talk about one of my all-time favorite detective series. I think you may want to read them both before continuing on with this post. The first was titled Bosch Pilot and was written all the way back at the start of February. The pilot was being made available for free for one month in order to gauge public interest. The second post was written just two weeks ago. It was titled What’s that one Series of Books You Won’t Forget? If you’ve read that post then you know that Bosch is high up on my list of favorite series, but if you haven’t then go read it. Right now. I tell you about him!

Bosch

Let me tell you a little about how we got to this point. Several years ago, Michael Connelly sold the rights of the first three books of his Harry Bosch series to Paramount. Long story short, not a single movie was ever made and the rights eventually reverted back to him after a lengthy legal dispute. This happened very recently. Then Amazon came into the picture and produced a pilot episode that would be made available for free for one month and then the ultimate decision would be made regarding a full season. The reaction to the pilot was overwhelmingly positive. (I watched the first day it was available) It was announced a few days ago that the series had been greenlit for a first season of ten episodes. The first season will pull from The Concrete BlondeCity of Bones, and Echo Park; which are #’s 3, 8, and 12 in the series. Titus Welliver is cast as Harry Bosch. And he’s phenomenal.

The Detective

I figure if you’ve read this far without going back and reading the other two posts then you probably won’t do so. That’s fine. Harry Bosch works as a detective for the LAPD. He joins the force after being a tunnel rat in Vietnam. The series begins in the early 90s and we read as Bosch ages in real time. I’ve never read a series written this way and I thoroughly enjoy it.

Have you ever seen those cop shows that always have that one male or female who doesn’t care about the risks associated with throwing his or herself fully into a particular case? I mean, they might get hurt or there could be consequences from the higher ups within the department or they could flatly accuse the wrong person and have to revert back to square one. Now you know who I’m talking about. You see, that person is Harry Bosch. He’s the guy who might face lawsuits every couple of years because he went out and killed someone in the line of duty that may seem questionable on the surface. He’s the guy who faces suspensions without pay nearly every year because of how he handles cases. He’s the guy who simply doesn’t give a damn about departmental politicking. He cares about justice. He always acts out in a manner that he believes is right. Detective work is in his blood, and that’s why he can’t step away from the department even though he’s had ample opportunity to do so.

Even if you haven’t read a single book in the series, this show will be worth watching an episode or two or all ten. I know it.

Click here to visit Michael Connelly’s website for more info about the show and the books.

Click here to read an article in the LA Times about the show.