'Proven Innocent' episode 1 review: Here's why some viewers could not get past the pilot episode of Fox's new legal drama
An excess of emotional elements in the characters, may not appeal to many courtroom drama fans, that is, perhaps, why many have changed their minds about 'Proven Innocent'
Fox's highly anticipated legal drama managed to build plenty of hype leading up to the season premiere February 15, and about 3.09 million viewers tuned in to watch the show, but a few minutes in, it seems many lost interest. No, the show isn't boring, but there are several reasons why the viewers decided to let go of the drama, halfway through the pilot, even before 'Prove Innocent' proved anything.
The show got mixed reviews and many took to applaud the pilot episode where the premise of the show is set - a young fierce lawyer, Madeline Scott (Rachelle Lefevre) wants to fight for the wrongly convicted, mainly because she empathizes with them. She herself was wrongfully convicted for the murder of her best friend, Rosemary Lynch when she was a teenager.
Ten years after she was proven innocent, it's her life's purpose to defend the falsely accused and expose corrupt lawyers such as Gore Bellows (Kelsey Grammer), the man who put Madeline, and her brother Levi Scott, behind bars and shot to fame.
The show has an added advantage because while there are new cases every week to fight, the series is interwoven with Rosemary's murder mystery since the murderer was never found. Engaging as it sounds and was, many viewers opined the show echoed other legal courtroom dramas including 'Conviction' and 'Doubt,' both of which were canceled. But there are bigger issues with the show than just being another legal courtroom drama.
A Reddit user said; "Nearly every single character is completely unlikable. I don't think the creators or writers asked a single lawyer if anything in the show is even remotely accurate." Another user replied; "The creator who co-wrote the episode and the showrunner are lawyers which somehow makes the inaccuracies even worse."
Citing the fact that there were viewers who genuinely tried to sit through the show, a user name jsh1138 said; "My wife turned it off after about 10 min and said she wasn't going to watch any more of it." In less than 10 minutes of the show, a man kills himself and Madeline adopts his dog after calling 911.
Another user by the name altuniverseself had a major issue with the scene; "What trash! Couldn't get past moronic, illegal and ludicrous opening scene--as if her 911 call wouldn't be traced, as if you can just take blood samples without permission and walk away from a crime scene with no consequences."
Jsh1138, whose wife switched off the series, further said the opening scene "was dumb, the 'podcast' that lasted 30 seconds was dumb, the Christian guy who just walks up to people and quotes the Bible like everyone loves that is dumb, etc." These are just opinions and it is impossible to please everyone, but looks like the show will lose more viewers with the second episode. Even though the episode airs February 22, the show is available online and one user who watched the episode wrote: "I tried to like it but couldn't get more than halfway through the second episode."
Proven Innocent (FOX) is an average and mostly forgettable legal drama.— Eli Sanza (@ejunkie2014) February 18, 2019
The upcoming episode titled 'The Burden of Truth,' deals with the case of Tamara Folsom, a rape victim unjustly convicted of murder. The synopsis adds "Madeline comes to Levi's defense after he lands himself in hot water, but she uncovers a secret about his past; Easy struggles to balance his work and family life." This perhaps points toward an excess of emotional elements in the characters, which may not appeal to many courtroom drama fans, that is why many have changed their minds about 'Proven Innocent.'