This week we final get to the trial. The guy playing Fuhrman looks nothing like him and is way more attractive, and yet I knew exactly who he was when he was standing silently in the elevator. Something about the tension in his face. I was blown away that the actor could pull him off without saying a word.
The giant circus outside the courthouse was the first time that had ever happened to that degree.
I am continuously amazed at the Ito edit. This trial was before social media when we all had to form our opinions on our own without being influenced by the masses. I am pretty sure I thought Ito was the greatest thing since sliced bread. Though it’s really hard to remember that long ago. The way he is being portrayed is startling to me. I do remember Dominick Dunne getting his own seat and thinking that was weird. The scene with Ito and Dunne was just odd. I had no idea Ito was starstruck. Arsenio Hall, really? Arsenio was on fire back then though.
Bill Hodgman was not really up for the task. But I think that his weaknesses were way overplayed. And the big dramatic falling out during trial never happened. He did have some chest pains from the stress and was taken in for testing, but he never had a heart attack. The whole scene was ridiculous and unnecessary. There was plenty of drama in the courtroom without making more up. And it’s really unfair to Bill Hodgman.
The dynamics between Darden and Cochran were the focus of this episode. But the amount of liberties taken on this episode were greater than in previous ones. Bill Hodgman did not have a dramatic heart attack. And I really doubt that Cochran turned to Darden in open court and said, “Nigga please..” Cochran’s daughter is probably losing her mind about that. Darden claims he is not watching the show. I read Darden’s book and he seemed really hurt by the black communities disowning of him.
The dialogue about Affirmative Action was one we don’t hear often.
The Cochran Law Firm commercials seem…insensitive and unwise.
Just seeing the words, ‘Opening Statements’ on the screen brought me back to the excitement of this trial. We were all hanging on every word. I was teaching at a little University in S.C. and around that time the Susan Smith trial was also going on. It seemed for a while that everyone had suddenly become a trial watcher like me. I remember getting in trouble for staying logged into the Internet all day. We were using telnet to log in to the Clemson servers. I would stay logged in all day rather than logging in and out like I guess you were supposed to. I had used the Internet considerably more than the rest of the faculty. This was suspicious and concerning. This was where my Internet addiction began. I was also the first time that random people would stalk me. In a friendly, yet creepy, way.
The staging of OJ’s house to make it more “black.” Was one of the most underhanded ploys by the defense in the entire trial. And there were many underhanded ploys. No one ever thought to look to see if they would take down all the photos of white people and fill the house with photos of black people and African art. Once the jurors were in, there wasn’t much to be done. Meanwhile, Nicole’s house was empty.
And we end with a dramatic scene with Mark Fuhrman’s Nazi memorabilia.