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A COMMENT IN OBITER:  THE POST EXAM BINGE

 

It’s the last few official days of class.  In a few weeks from now, most of us will be free from text-books and dense readings and able to watch a little more Netflix.  For those of you who love to curl in and watch some good TV, here is my recommended line up for a post-exam binge:

The Fall

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fall_(TV_series)

This TV show features (Gillian Anderson as) Stella Gibson, a Detective Superintendent in Belfast on the tail of a fetish-inspired serial killer, Paul Spector (played by Jamie Dornan).  The cat and mouse pursuit becomes cerebral for Gibson and Spector and they develop a unique relationship with one another.  The chase is complicated by some background information:  First, Spector is a bereavement councilor, assigned to assist a grieving couple with the loss of their infant child.  Spector soon discovers that the husband in that relationship is a deranged criminal who physically beats his spouse. Second, Spector is a married father of two young children.  His daughter is only 8 years old and hyper-intuitive for her age.  She knows that her father hides his secret keep-sakes in the attic above her bed.  She knows that they are inappropriate.  Third, Spector’s family friend, a 15-year-old girl, is infatuated with him.  Her interest in Spector becomes more intense, obsessive, and dangerous as the saga continues.  She professes that she will do anything for him.  Fourth, Gibson’s personal relationships are scrutinized by her colleagues.

The Fall is a series consisting of three seasons, available on Netflix.  Warning:  The show deals with some difficult content.

The Mick

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mick_(TV_series)

Mickey has been estranged from her family for years.  She’s not a responsible adult.  She’s not a good role model.  She’s not employed.  She’s not your typical parenting material.  Mickey is sarcastic and rude.  She’s practically an adult delinquent. Despite being a generally irresponsible person, she has been appointed guardian of her sister’s three children.  The children are super-wealthy, extremely rude, and over-the-top spoiled.  The show chronicles Mickey’s hilarious interaction with the children, and her attempt to instill moral values and compassion into their lives.

The series is available on Fox or CityTV online and includes two seasons.  Warning:  May be offensive to some viewers.

Law and Order: True Crime – The Menendez Murders

https://www.nbc.com/law-and-order-true-crime-menendez

The Menendez brothers were tried for the murder of their parents in Beverley Hills in the early 90s.  The original motive for the killing was thought to be money, as the family was extremely wealthy and the sons stood to inherit at their parents’ death.  The Menendez brothers were firm that this was not the case.  The brothers were clear that the killing erupted from years of abuse and trauma.

This show features Edie Falco as Leslie Abramson, the lawyer for the Menendez Brothers.  The show chronicles her interactions with the Menendez brothers and  the brothers’ interactions with one-another, their parents, and with their psychiatrist.

True to Law and Order style, there is lots of courtroom drama over the course of the series.  The series lasts only a few episodes.  The show can be accessed online on Global TV or on NBC.  Warning:  The show deals with some difficult content.

 

 

 

 

Dirty Money

 

Dirty Money is a 2018 Netflix documentary series consisting of six episodes, each chronicling one example of corporate corruption in the US.  One of my favorite episodes focuses on the Trump real estate empire, which I recommend watching first.

Seeing Allred

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/seeing_allred/

Gloria Allred is a women’s rights advocate and lawyer in the United States.  You may have heard of her before:  She represented many of the women who came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against comedian Bill Cosby.   She’s also pitted herself against Donald Trump and Harvey Weinstein in the heat of the Me Too movement.  The documentary provides an inside look on Gloria Allred’s involvement in the women’s rights movement, and some of her interesting work.

Seeing Allred can be accessed on Netflix.

Well folks, those are my recommended post-exam flicks.  As the school year comes to an end, I know that I am certainly looking forward to spending some much-needed, well-deserved quality time with my TV.  Most importantly, I’m looking forward to sharing that time with the people I love.  But this is all Obiter.

Now the real purpose of this article:

Dear Obiter Dicta and beloved readers:  The past three years were a blast.  I’m proud of the education I received at Osgoode, of the friends that I’ve made (shout out to section B), and the articles that I contributed to this newspaper.  (Secret:  I framed them!)  Stay Classy Osgoode.