Your Honor is a nine-part drama miniseries set in New Orleans. The series is adapted from the Israeli TV series Kvodo. The premise of Your Honor concerns Michael Desiato (Bryan Cranston), a judge who has to take drastic action in order to safeguard his son Adam, after the latter kills the scion of a mob boss in a hit-and-run accident.
Thus far, parts 1 to 4 have been released and the series is full of dynamic twists and turns. The plot and various story threads are well constructed with very strong characterisations driving the plot forward throughout. Every decision and action has a reaction and consequence, with the story events tied together logically.
Judge Desiato is the main character and his desire to ensure that Adam is safeguarded at all cost is at the core of Your Honor. The series title itself is a reflection of the dichotomy of a man who is the personification of ‘honor’ and ‘justice’ but is in a position where he has to carry out dishonourable and unjust acts in order to achieve his ends.
At the other end of the spectrum, we have the Baxters, the crime family who’s son Rocco was killed by Adam and the impact of Rocco’s death on his parents Jimmy (Michael Stuhlbarg) and Gina (Hope Davis) with the expected violent consequences that ensue.
Judge Desiato is aided by his best friend, Charlie (Isiah Whitlock Jr.), a well connected politician who sets events in motion that have devastating unintended consequences. Things go from bad to worse, as Judge Desiato tries to maintain control of an escalating dangerous situation.
Other supporting characters include lawyer Lee Delamere (Carmen Ejogo), detective Nancy Costello (Amy Landecker) and Desiato’s mother in law Senator Elizabeth Guthrie (Margo Martindale). Each one of these characters complicate Desiato’s deception as the lies begin to slowly unravel.
Now that we are all caught up, we will review the upcoming instalments of Your Honor in the weeks ahead. Highly recommended!
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