61st Street Episode 4 is the fourth instalment of an American legal drama television series created by Peter (Your Honor) Moffat that premiered on AMC. The TV series follows Moses Johnson, a promising high school athlete, who is swept up into the infamously corrupt Chicago criminal justice system. (IMDb)
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Entitled “Chess Moves and Poker Chips”, 61st Street Episode 4 does come across like a transitional episode as nothing really happens to advance the main narrative too much. At the end of the previous episode, it did seems as if the legal drama would take centerstage but instead it receded into the background as other sub-plots came to the fore more prominently.
Primarily, 61st Street Episode 4 focused quite a fair bit on Moses’ incarceration, which tended to feature prison sequences that were all too common that they almost seemed stereotypical. The only twist is that Moses’ estranged gangbanger father Sneaks also happens to be in the same prison and there is a resistance within Moses from aligning himself to one camp or the other. A decision that might cost him dearly even before he can get to his trial.
The other sub-plot concerned Johnny Logan’s continued investigation into Brannigan’s corruption as he slowly but surely gains the latter’s confidence. Logan is obviously out to get Brannigan for his dirty cop antics and so there is that element of tension as Logan indulges Brannigan accordingly. Moses’ brother Joshua gets himself entangled in gang activities and seems on a collision course with Brannigan, whom Joshua is itching to take revenge on for using him to arrest Moses in the first place.
The final sequence involved Franklin Roberts’ autistic son David, and it seems the direction headed is quite unwarranted and unnecessary to advance the storyline but it is clear where the story is leading – do we need that tragedy? We shall see.
Now streaming on AMC.
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