This week, The People v OJ Simpson took a bit of a shift out of the courtroom. Despite being the episode with the most famous moment of the trial, when OJ tried on the glove, most of the action was out of the courtroom. Which means most of it was largely fabricated, because no one knows what happened outside the courtroom unless someone who was there wrote a memoir. This show is based on a book by a journalist . Not to say it is not an accurate book. It is simply as accurate as it can be without actually witnessing anything outside the courtroom.
The arguments about what to do about introducing the glove, or not introducing it between Clark and Darden were presented with much creative license. Afterall, this is not a documentary. That said, I thought the shot of the defense attorney trying on the glove in court was ridiculous. Take your freedoms with the things that the entire country was not watching. Like the back and forth between the two legal teams over the issue.
This whole bantering back and forth comes from a book American Tragedy by James Willwerth and Lawrence Schiller. Both authors are known for writing “the uncensored story” of multiple big trials. I don’t find them credible. Particularly in relation to Darden and Clark’s memoirs. Edited to clarify, the primary script, as we discussed before, was based on Jeffery Toobin’s book, THESE SCENES that didn’t seem genuine to me were based off of the Willwerth/Schiller book. I hope this will stop the new arrival from screaming that the show is based on the Toobin book, 500 times from the window licking section. There is nothing more annoying than someone “correcting” you when they come in late on the conversation. The fact that the script is based on Toobin’s book, a fact I had to correct someone on last week has nothing to do with the scenes I am discussion HERE. Speaking of Toobin, I noticed he is still on CNN covering the presidential race.
This was another episode where Cuba Gooding Jr did not make sense to play OJ. He does not have big hands. And more importantly he refused to watch any of the trial. It appears no one properly directed him in the scene either. Because OJ smirking throughout his entire performance attempting to try on the gloves was chilling. Remember these are the actual gloves that were used to nearly decapitate the mother of his children.
Also, Cochran’s Columbian Necktie conspiracy brought that term into the consciousness of a large percentage of the American population.
The Relationship with Darden and Clark
Darden’s book came out about the same time as the book this show was based on and he didn’t say one way or the other if his relationship with Clark was a romantic or physical one. I enjoyed the road trip scenes mostly because it gave Clark a chance to point out the ludicrous theory that all of the physical evidence was planted by a squad of super smart racist cops with access to OJ’s blood.
Robert Kardashian’s Struggle With Questions of OJ Guilt
Despite what seems like a direct attempt to disparage the Kardashian Klan. I was impressed with the airing of Kardashian’s struggle about there being no other plausible explanation about who killed Ron and Nicole. It humanized some of the defense. It seems obvious that Shapiro would have been wanting to suggest a plea deal for OJ as the evidence was overwhelming. I do remember that pin he wore in court causing major headlines. Each member of the Dream Team was quite a character, including Dershowitz who would fact in his contributions from Harvard.
With just three shows left, they have a lot of ground to cover. What were your thoughts on last night’s show?