61st Street Episode 8 is the final instalment of an American legal drama television miniseries 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 “Man on Fire”, 61st Street Episode 8 provides a satisfactory ending for this miniseries about racism, injustice and police corruption. As the odds begin to stack up against defence attorney Franklin Roberts, his indomitable spirit steers him into the path of victory despite the entire weight of the justice system being brought against him.
In addition, of course, as 61st Street Episode 8 clearly demonstrates, Roberts’ own medical issues threaten to derail his deep need to prove Moses’ innocence. Ultimately, despite her unreasonable demand for Franklin to choose between her political ambitions and Moses’ defence, it is his wife Martha who ultimately makes the key difference in Moses’ trial.
Martha negotiates with Faction gang-leader Dante to withhold retaliation against the mother of Rufus (Tutu) so that Franklin can use that fact against Brannigan in court. In addition, deceased Michael Rossi’s widow plays her part as well, sending Michael’s recording to Franklin, after being disgusted by Logan’s lying on the witness stand. The manner in which these various plot strands come together in the end is the mark of excellent writing by Moffatt and he deserves kudos for that!
However, that all said, there seems to be a shortcut from a scene where the presiding judge declares that Moses had made a valid confession to the murder charge in his testimony and Franklin bringing Brannigan back to the court to be re-examined. A minor hiccup mayhems but that did stick in the craw somewhat.
In the final analysis, the conclusion to 61st Street Episode 8 seems too good to be true and perhaps signals wishing thinking that the tide of justice is turning slowly towards the oppressed African-American populace. Whatever, overall it’s fair to say that this miniseries has been worth the time and effort. Recommended.
Now streaming on AMC.
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