Starring: Viola Davis, Alfred Enoch, Billy Brown, Jack Falahee, Aja Naomi King, Matt McGorry, Karla Souza, Charlie Weber, Liza Weil, Billy Brown, Famke Janssen
How To Get Away with a disappointing season premiere?
Yeah, I said it.
I loved the first season, but How To Get Away With Murder seems to want to take a page from the book of The Killing, and just continue on the same arc. We all knew it was going to happen, because of how Season 1 was left up in the air with “Who killed Rebecca?” But, what we needed was the premiere to wrap up that storyline, completely, and give us a brand new arc. Instead, it’s stringing us along. We know who killed Rebecca, but we don’t know the ramifications. There’s still the same murder investigation going on over Sam Keating’s death, and Annalise is still trying to get Nate off the hook.
Basically, it’s still Season 1.
How To Get Away With Murder needed a new crime, a new murder, a new hook for Season 2, and it went with continuing the same story and the same arc. If I was the showrunner, I would have tried to steer Annalise into a new semester with new law students on a new case. I know that we love the original gang (Enoch, Falahee, King, McGorry, and Souza), but this show is Viola Davis’s show, not theirs. The only way to keep that concept going is to give us new law students each semester and a new season long case. Wrap up the old case, and move on. Introduce new blood. Season 2 worries me, because it feels more like they don’t understand what worked about the first season, and are lost at sea trying to keep the show going creatively.
That’s a problem. You have one of the buzziest shows on TV, and the one way to kill the show is to make it feel mundane and repetitive. We’re there. It feels mundane and repetitive.
I love this show, and I hope I’m wrong. I hope they can turn it around. Viola Davis is an amazing talent who rightly deserved that Emmy, but she also deserves a better season two than she appears to be getting.
FINAL GRADE: C+