GREGORY OCHIACGHA ’17
Shonda Rhimes—the brains behind hit dramas such as “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal”—has a new baby. With the series premiere last Thursday, “How to Get Away With Murder” has officially become the hottest show of the new Fall lineup. There are three things a show’s pilot is suppose to do—introduce the characters, give us an understanding of the show, and most importantly, make the audience extremely excited for the rest of the season. Rhimes’ new show did all that, fantastically.
It features Viola Davis as Annalise Keating, a criminal defense attorney and a professor of law. Her students are intimidated by her and they do anything to impress her, including Facebook stalking a witness or sleeping with a stranger for incriminating emails. And while it is a bit on the nose—with Keating’s class called “How to Get Away With Murder”—we learn at the end of the episode that Keating’s top five students will murder an important character and they must use all they have learned to get away with it.
It is impossible not to compare “Scandal” with this new show—they both feature two strong Black female leads, there is a small dynamic team to support the lead and they are both products of Shonda Rhimes’s genius.
I personally watched the pilot episode right after the season premiere of “Scandal,” and, as a fellow Gladiator of Pope, it does kill me to say that Viola Davis’s character is more intense than Olivia Pope. And here is the reason why: while both of these characters are wickedly smart and unbeatable at their job, Olivia Pope will play her card in order to be good and Keating will do whatever it takes to win. Keating is not the knight in white, she does not care if her client did it or not, she does not care if she has to cheat on her husband to get what she wants—she will do what has to be done. Maybe I’ve gotten bored with Pope’s only weakness being the President. This new charactor, Keating, is a character I will enjoy seeing for many seasons to come.
Again, this is another brilliant show by the amazing Shonda Rhimes. Professor Keating’s “How to Get Away With Murder” is not a class to skip!