If you aren’t watching this show already, you need to be. ABC’s new breakout drama is proving to be thrilling, sexy, and highly addictive. The show revolves around the turbulent life of Professor Annalise Keating, J.D. portrayed by Viola Davis. Keating is a professor and practitioner of law at an esteemed Philadelphia university. The students of her her law course aptly titled How to Get Away with Murder are vying for her attention and trying to beat one another to the finish line in order to become one of Keating’s favorites.
Shonda Rhimes is the mastermind behind the show, and although there have only been three episodes it is apparent that she has struck television gold once again.
There are many reasons why I love this show, but I’ll start with the amazing portrayal of Keating by the astounding Viola Davis. She is powerful, electric, and at times almost villainous. She is a defense attorney who doesn’t care about putting bad guys behind bars, she cares about winning.
I have read several review that knock Davis for being “too masculine.” People are even claiming to be annoyed at her physical stances and the manner in which she walks. To me this is completely ridiculous. Just because Davis has a vision for this character that doesn’t line up with the stereotypical Mary Sue archetype that is used in dozens of other shows does not mean that she is doing something wrong.
I love the fact that Keating is such a unique character. I appreciate the fact Davis has gone so deep with her construction of the character instead of just reading the lines in her script.
Aside from Keating, the show has many promising supporting characters. Many of whom are familiar faces from shows such Orange is the New Black, Gilmore Girls, and Mtv’s Underemployed.
Alfred Enoch plays the role of Wes Gibbins, an underdog in Keating’s class who manages to grab her attention and join her group of prized students. He is proving to be a major character in the show, as well as a moral guide for the otherwise ruthless members of the defense team. He is so adorably goofy and fills the role of the person that you can really root for and stand behind in the show (you may also recognize him from the Harry Potter franchise).
Are you hooked on How to Get Away with Murder?