American Crime is back in season 2 in its anthology miniseries fashion. Many of the same actors, such as Regina King, Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, Elvis Nolasco, and Lili Taylor all returning from a fantastic run in season 1. King, returning with her Emmy win, will be something to witness, for sure, in this season. However, this show is not for the faint of heart. The trailer below will give the details of the major conflict that will occur throughout the season.
Rough right? Returning for season 2 is Oscar award winning director John Ridley and I cannot express just how much I appreciate his direction in the first season. I've only seen episode 1 of season 2, but his technique and style envelopes this episode and will continue, I imagine, to do so throughout the season. He loves his quiet moments and the close ups of individual's faces are incredibly intimate, especially newcomer to American Crime Connor Jessup who is outstanding in this episode only to be matched, in my opinion, by Lili Taylor. The subject matter is not for the faint of heart, as I mentioned before, but it is something that I truly love about the stories that John Ridley chooses.
I don't expect my fantasies/sci-fi to be exceptionally close to reality. I really don't expect my comedies to exist in reality. But my dramas, for me, need to be as close to reality as they can get. I don't view dramas as an escape, I look at them as a one-sided conversation, in which a story is being told from that individual's perspective. It may be a perspective I've seen before or one that I've never encountered, but I want the characters and the decisions that the characters make, mean something. I want my characters to be reasonable and act as though they and I share the same space. That's what I want. That was why I disliked True Detective season 2, that was why I loved The Leftovers season 2, because even in moments where those characters encountered something supernatural or out of this world, they acted as I or anyone I knew would act. With doubt, disbelief, confusion, and acceptance, if that ever occurred. They had experience, baggage, and a multitude of other things that shaped who they were. The characters from American Crime season 1 had that and I can already tell American Crime season 2 will have that as well. If you're looking for great writing, fantastic direction, and incredible performances, then look no further. For those who haven't seen the show, please give it a shot, you won't be disappointed. And those who have seen it, comment below to let me know what you thought of the first episode of season 2.
Written by cwm on Jan 12, 2016