From the first preview of the legal drama InContempt, I was hopeful. The series focuses on a group of public defenders and could have as easily been named Injustice or Rigged System. The ensemble cast starring Erica Ash, Christian Keyes, Mouna Traore, Eugene Clark, Richard Lawson, and Tobias Truvillion had the talent. Law & Order veteran writer Terri Kopp had the pedigree. I watched the first episode and it left me unimpressed. It had moments of brilliance but in my mind spent too little focus on the courtroom and too much on the inability on seemingly anyone to control their libido. I had intended to write a review of the first episode, but reminiscent of Oran “Juice” Jones in his one Top 10 hit “The Rain,” I chilled.
After the second episode, I wrote the review, but was still mildly disappointed. Erica Ash as Gwen Sullivan had some great scenes but was disappointing outside of the courtroom. I wanted her to take more control of her life as opposed to being weak and reactive every moment in her personal life. The series seemed to have reached the lowest common denominator of now canceled, “The Quad,” and other BET series, focusing on sex and sensationalism and not giving us characters we could care about. Still there were moments, and I persevered.
I watched the third episode, the fourth, and the fifth. Lo and behold the supporting characters began developing and being less stereotypical, the issues got real, InContempt had become everything I had hoped for and now it’s must see TV.
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AAMBC Journal Writer