Conviction: Postmortem

A show in it’s infancy Conviction is not without it’s flaws. As a team of misfit investigators come together too reinvestigate cases and try to restore justice too an often troubled legal system.

With only thirteen episodes airing and no sign of another order it looks like we’re going too be saying goodbye too Hayes Morrison and her team. Which is a damn shame, Hayley Atwell was at home playing the fiery and flawed politicians daughter in a show that was trying to balance procedural and emotional drama. Character-wise everything is incredibly well-written, funny and believable, if the show had more time to stretch it’s wings I would have hoped it’d move more into that.

One of the biggest flaws of the show is the five day time frame. There’s no actual reason why they are only allowed five days and things are often saved at the last minute by looking at it from a different perspective. Also more often than not (I say this with only nine episodes) the person that actually did the crime was interviewed as a witness earlier in the episode. There seems to be a need too have everything tied up at the end of each story so the next one can play without continual watching.

It’s not an uncommon practice and it’s the reason why NCIS and SVU have over a million episodes a piece but in a lot of ways Conviction doesn’t feel like a cookie cutter procedural so watching it try and fit that mould just feels wrong.

The team dynamic is really what sets this show apart, a self contained team of six people all of whom have been very well developed in the past nine episodes without their stories impeding on the weekly cases. Also it’s interesting too watch a group of people come too a different case from a multitude of different backgrounds.

The case this week marked a turn for the team as they tried too stop a man being executed in five days (again why five days? Ring her up a month in advance, invest more in Conviction Integrity!) The time frame felt like it had real stakes but again the story felt shaky. I feel like because shows like Criminal Minds focus more on the investigation than sitting down with the suspects it makes things more watchable and you can follow the thread of the story better.In Conviction you’re making snap judgements throughout the show because you know you’ve already seen the real killer.

However I believe this was the first tragic ending for the show and showed us the true weight of Conviction Integrity as an innocent man was executed by the state. A heavy subject dealt with sensitively and from all different angles, this episode showed potential for a successful show and I’m sorry it won’t get too see it’s full potential.



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