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Must See TV: Juice on the loose

juiceonthelooseMust see TV: Juice on the loose

Written by: KiEricka Hart

Before there was Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram people were forced to communicate verbally and watch the news for entertainment. If, like myself, you’re too young to remember those times, and the case that shocked and divided America, here’s your chance. The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story is still as relevant as it was 20 years ago. Only now the audience isn’t limited to just watching and talking amongst their own community, the debate has made its way to social media.

 

In 1994, former American footballer and actor O.J. Simpson was accused of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman. After a controversial trial running 133 days and producing 150 witnesses, the jury decided to acquit the star. Broadcast live on TV, the verdict was watched by almost 100 million people. The trial received extensive media coverage and caused racial tensions.

 

The People vs. O.J. Simpson is only running for 10 weeks, just enough time for a viewer to get deeply invested. There’s an impressive all-star cast featuring, Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson, John Travolta as defense attorney Robert Shapiro, AHS’ Sarah Paulson as prosecutor Marcia Clark and Courtney Vance will play Johnnie Cochran (who went on to defend Michael Jackson,) former “Friends” star David Schwimmer will play Robert Kardashian

 

The People v. O.J. Simpson is based on the book “The Run of His Life” by Jeffrey Toobin. The second episode truly captured my attention. While watching this episode for the first time, I realized that I had no idea that Simpson had a gun with him in the car, or that he was contemplating suicide. O.J. practically curls up in the backseat, clutching his gun like a baby, listening to the cheers of supporters (or anti-police folks) on the overpass as he reminisces about the cheers of the crowd while he played football in a stadium. Granted, we all know that O.J. isn’t going to kill himself in the backseat of the car, spoiler alert! He’s still alive.

 

The chase ends at O.J.’s Brentwood mansion, Cuba Gooding Jr. does a superb job of depicting the total mental and physical exhaustion of O.J. when he finally exits the vehicle, nearly collapsing in the doorway of the house.

 

If you’re planning on spending Valentine’s Day alone, or any date night really, this show is the perfect grab a snack, sit back and binge watch show.

 

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