When They See Us – See This

Rating (3.5 out of 5)

Summary: This a story that deserves to be told and the execution is solid. 3 Episodes would have been the right number because they started losing me with the dream sequences and pace on episodes 4. When the story is on point, there is tremendous power in recounting these events.

Plot: Recounts the incorrect persecution of the Central Park Five in the 1989.

Summary: The first two episodes hits home the injustice of what happened to these young men. I don’t doubt the authenticity of the portrayal of the police and district attorney. The pressure on these men and women to resolve the heinous crime must have been incredible. But to see how they forced a conclusion that hurt innocent people was shocking.

The third episode for me was equally powerful if not more so than the first two. The struggle of men who want to reenter society, but face ongoing challenges because they have been convicted of a felony. The justice system is difficult problem to solve, and this episode reflected how it doesn’t help those who are innocent or who want to reform.

The last episodes is about the biggest miscarriage of justice, but they lost me in dream and vision scenes. Maybe he had those hallucinations in solitary, but they veered off the realism of the series to that point. The story engaged the audience as he maneuvered his way around the prison system to be closer to his mother.

In general, each episode was about 15 minutes too long for me. There was a lack of pace. Despite that, this a show that everyone should watch.