Tonight, ABC premiered a new drama in “Conviction” that has some promise, but like any other pilot, there are still some things that it needs to figure out. Much of tonight’s premiere was about setting up the notion of what this series is, and because of that, there was not a lot of time or a lot of opportunity for the show to figure out just what it could be moving forward.
So where are we going next week? Well, we’ve got an installment entitled “Bridge and Tunnelvision” coming that should give us a good sense of what this show could be like on a weekly basis. Hayes may still be getting used to being with the Conviction Integrity Unit, but at the same time she’s not going to have a lot of time to adapt. There are of course many more wrongful convictions that she and her team will need to look at. Specifically, this one could be a window into the history of the Wallace character. Take a look at the synopsis below for more:
“Hayes confronts Wallace head-on, investigating the case that made his career ten years ago: the Prospect 3. Three young white men confessed to the rape and robbery of a young black woman. Hayes hopes to catch Wallace off guard with the team’s investigation, but the complex case serves up a major surprise. When the young woman’s character takes a hit in the press during the investigation, she is victimized for a second time, which Hayes takes personally.”
Hayes taking a case personally, while emotional, is likely what this unit really needs to take an enormous step forward. She is someone who far too often has been accused of not taking things in life seriously, and if she develops true empathy, she could be a force to be reckoned with. Us getting to see that, and watching her trying to balance this life while reconciling her past, could be some of the keys to success for this series.
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