'Outlaw' Review - Justice Gone Rogue

Outlaw - Premieres Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 9 PM

Sometimes there are shows that touch us in ways that are so profound that we know we'll never be the same after viewing them.  Sometimes there are shows that seem to reach out and grab the shoulder of America as if to say, "See?  I get it.  I'm listening."  These are shows that teach us things about the world, about life, and about ourselves.  

Here are just a few of the lessons I learned tonight from watching Outlaw, starring Jimmy Smits.
  1. It is possible to write (and have produced) a show about the inner workings of our country's legal system without ever cracking a book on the subject/having stepped foot in a court room or law firm/having watched any other TV show about legal matters.
  2. David Caruso is not the only NYPD Blue alumnus with a flair for overacting.
  3. The Wire was WRONG, people.  It's super duper freaking easy to get a wire tap when it's most convenient for your investigative purposes.
  4. Sometimes, even when a lawyer has defended a client through trial and multiple appeals, he misses things.  Important things.  Like the fact that the eye witness to the case died six months ago and told his shrink before his death that he really didn't see what he said he saw .  Sometimes it takes a clerk who's been working on the case for five minutes to dig up that kind of information.
  5. If it looks like a shifty widower and it walks like a shifty widower, then it's the guy who actually murdered the victim.
  6. Supreme Court Justices who leave their jobs to become lawyers can go on to represent defendants upon whose cases they had previously ruled.  If you don't like the law, go talk to the law makers. 
Final Verdict: Guilty on all counts, including poor writing, over-acting, convoluted plot devices, overstuffing the pilot, and a stupid gambling subplot. 
Should I Watch It? You're kidding, right?  Thankfully, this show now moves to the wasteland that is Friday night.  It should be cancelled by mid-season at the latest.  If not, please pray for America, everyone.

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  • Wow - this show was a disaster. I was cursing the creator/writer John Eisendrath, only to learn he used to write for Alias and Felicity. It doesn't show. I knew we were in trouble about 1 minute in when Jimmy Smits was at the poker table with a winning hand, and shouts, "And they say there's no justice in the world." Get it? Justice? He's a Supreme Court Justice. He's fighting for Justice. And he just said Justice. Brilliant Mr. Eisendrath. This show blows. Monkey chunks. Cancel it now. * star.

  • I had every intention of checking this one out, but based on this review I will avoid it. Thanks for saving me 45 minutes. At least Sunny and The League are on tonight.

  • In reply to MCampobasso:

    Don't forget Project Runway!

  • In reply to Magistra:

    I'm not a huge Project Runway fan. Neeley is though. Although I did enjoy Santino from the first season.

  • In reply to Magistra:

    I'm not going to waste my time typing out all the ways this show is I mean, lawyer shows are always lacking in the reality department, but this show took it to a whole new galaxy. The only thing less believable than the courtroom drama was the idea that Smits' character could ever ever ever have been nominated to the Supreme Court in the first place. This was TERRIBLE. The acting was pretty bad. The story line was predictible and done 1000000 times before. The political angle was nonsensical. I hated pretty much everything about it. I wanted to like it, but it failed.

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