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  1. Picador
    September 6, 2016

    Amen.

    The creepiest part was the post-trial Weiss/Box team-up to get the Real Bad Guy. It’s framed to almost suggest that we’re supposed to… what, be rooting for them? They’re scum. Very weird. I think that was an American innovation over the British original — I don’t think they trusted their audience to deal with the prospect that the Real Bad Guy might get away. Which, again, entirely misses the point of what the show was trying, however ham-fistedly and tortuously, to be about.

    They could have addressed their Brady problem with a single line of dialogue between Box and Weiss. The writers are obviously talented, but it’s the complete lack of interest in the actual workings of the system they’re portraying — their willful ignorance of the subject matter they’re pretending to explore — that makes the show so hard to watch.

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    • Alex Bunin
      September 6, 2016

      Until that point, I liked Box and Weiss. They were skeptical old hands that I would want in those positions. They were not immoral true believers. That made it more incongruous that they would then violate such a basic rule of law and ethics.
      I did not realize there was a BBC original. I liked their version of “House of Cards” better too.

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      • Picador
        September 6, 2016

        My understanding is that many of the flaws in the HBO version were also present in the British original. But not this one, I think.

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      • Alex Bunin
        September 6, 2016

        Does Britain have an equivalent rule to Brady v. Maryland, I wonder?

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