Yeah I remember The Beat too. ;)
The Jury (2004– )
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Yeah I remember The Beat too. ;)
I'm not into any of those court or cop dramas but I just wanted to tune into this one and I liked it!
The first two episodes had awesome plot lines and good acting.
I wish that it would have had a character introduction thing (I got confused a lot...)
I know who the judge and the guard person are but there are a few other (main) characters that I got confused with...
That is my only problem with it but I'm sure it'll be gone once I watch more episodes...
Hopefully FOX is smart and give people time to find out about this one instead of canceling it just like all of the other shows...
decision has been made by the jury in one sitting for the TV audience. To go
one step further , after you find out the jury's decision, you then are shown what really happened and whether the jury was correct in its decision, which in my opinion is the best way to leave your audience satisfied and not wondering
whether or not the jury's decision was correct. Another aspect of this show that is different from other one hour dramas is that the main focus of the show is the jury and their deliberation, not the detectives or the district attorneys. Therefore there is no main star of the show, which makes sense, the name of the show is The Jury. Each week you will have 12 different actors which allows for different jury personalities and personality conflicts, in my opinion keeping the show fresh and free. OZ was a hit, Homicide was a hit and if any network gives The Jury a chance , it too will be a hit.
Although I was intrigued by the concept, I was initially hesitant about this show because the "jury" changes each week; I like watching "Law & Order" or "CSI", but the quality of the guest stars are sometimes atrocious and can really affect the dramatic impact of an episode. Luckily, "The Jury" has so far seemed to avoid that sand trap. The actors playing the jury for the most part are very good- not great- but their not bad(and surprisingly recognizable from guest-starring roles on other shows). The actors playing the attorneys and court staff don't fare so well, though. Adam Busch is the comic relief and is quite adorable and funny, but his character seems out of place in a serious courtroom drama and I have no idea what his character's job is; the flirtation between him and Cote de Pablo's character is awkward (intentionally?). The judge (I can't remember his name) is okay but you can why he's not an actor. Anna Friel, a British actress, and Jeff Hephner take some getting used to but they become more likable each week. There are several more actors playing lawyers but the episodes showcasing them have not aired yet.
The acting of the may not be the greatest. But watching the jury deliberate is riveting as they and the viewer try to weave through the evidence, trying to determine the truth of the case. The dialogue is realistic abounding with the lame jokes, bad grammar, and banter of average folks stuck together for hours. The jurors always disagree about something and that's when the show gets really exciting, when two or more jurors give us their different perspectives of what they think happened, showing how "evidence" can always be interpreted in myriad ways and how difficult it is for real juries to come to a decision given that fact.
Some may argue that showing what really happens at the end of the show ruins the naturalness of it, since real juries never know the guilt or non-guilt of the defendants neither should the viewers. While that's true, I still feel it's a good idea, after going through the roller-coaster ride of emotions and ideas of a jury deliberation, finding out the true guilt or innocence of a defendant brings a certain sense of closure and emotional catharsis of relief or sadness when the viewer sees what really happened compared to the defendant's ultimate fate. Sometimes the defendants get away with murder and sometimes an innocent man is imprisoned; the show reenforces the fact that the court system isn't always right and that justice is a truly human creation.
Unfortunately, the regulars appear to put less effort into their characters than the jury and, ultimately, come across as less convincing in their roles than the jury does. So much so that, on screen, the regulars look more like amateurish drama students having trouble finding the inspiration for their characters after months of rehearsal. I walk away from the first two episodes severely disappointed and bored out of my mind! Sadly...and this is downright pathetic...I'd have felt better off watching reruns of the Swan and liking it (ick!!). This show absolutely fails to live up to the hype surrounding weeks of advertising for this "groundbreaking new series." And the "twist" at the end of each episode that reveals whether or not the jury was right in their decision? Who's idea was THAT!? Bad enough that the show never builds up the suspense...the anticipation of a climax...but to completely eliminate ANY reason to discuss ones opinions of the verdict with other viewers the next morning at work? That's just wrong. Deep down, I'm hurt and disgustingly insulted. Even by Fox standards. Truth be told, I had high hopes and expected better from Barry Levinson and the creators of OZ. I really hoped this series would fly but in the end, it doesn't even get to taxi down the runway. Said it once and I'll say it again, this show deserves the death penalty...