The Amazon Prime series Goliath recently premiered a couple of weeks ago and is making real waves across the internet. After watching just one episode, I completely understood why. It’s not a long first season with it only being made up of 8 episodes,but what an amazing 8 episodes they are. The first episode of season 1 starts off with fisherman being killed by a powerful explosion that takes place in the middle of the ocean. Then you’re introduced to a broken down lawyer who’s just taking cases for the money. In one meeting with a client’s mother, he can’t even remember his own client’s name!
A woman then comes to him and hands him a huge case that will provide him with a decent check, but most importantly, it will give him a chance to stick it to the law firm that threw him out on the street. Although he is very reluctant to take the case at first, he soon finds himself right in the middle of it.
This series is completely worth the praise starting with the excellent cast. How can you go wrong with Billy Bob Thornton, Maria Bellow and William Hurt? Thornton shines in this role as he did in his role in the FX show, Fargo, where he played the terrifying hit man Lorne Malvo. This time however, Thornton is not playing an evil character, he’s playing a character he excels at often: the underdog.
Mario Bello is also great as his tough ex-wife who still works for the law firm that rejected him. William Hurt rivals Thornton’s performance as the “goliath” in the series. His villainous portrayal is so smooth, you almost don’t know who to root for. If you think Goliath is yet another lawyer series, think again. It is filmed like more of a noir drama than a flashy courtroom drama. At first, I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy this show as the first episode felt a bit slow. However, by the end of the first episode, the tension slowly builds into a very intriguing ending and leads to a great second episode.
This show takes its time in building its characters and its plot lines. The characters never feel like cheap stereotypes. Every character has its strengths and flaws. Some characters you like more than others while other characters you don’t know whether you should love them or hate them.
If you find great original content from Amazon Prime a bit scarce, I encourage you to check out this excellent and sophisticated underground series. Goliath is sure to get recognition during the next Emmy season.
– Janiera Eldridge
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