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How to get away with a murder

How to get away with a murder

Structure. Understanding your audience. Planning. The careful orchestration of everything you do and say is crucial to your success, wherever possible. Sometimes life doesn’t go as you plan, and maybe you can’t control everything that happens. But in certain situations, you can control how you react.On Thursday night, How to Get Away With Murder ended its six-season run with one last story centered around a courtroom trial: After all these years, Annalise must face the crimes she’s accrued since the murder that kicked off the ABC drama in 2014. Fittingly, there was even more murder in the finale, and a lot to parse through. The trial is the end of the line for some characters and the final glimpses of others — until, that is, a surprise, flash-forward epilogue in the episode’s closing act. Who had a happy ending? Who lived? Who died? And who actually got away with murder?

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On Thursday night, How to Get Away With Murder ended its six-season run with one last story centered around a courtroom trial: After all these years, Annalise must face the crimes she’s accrued since the murder that kicked off the ABC drama in 2014. Fittingly, there was even more murder in the finale, and a lot to parse through. The trial is the end of the line for some characters and the final glimpses of others — until, that is, a surprise, flash-forward epilogue in the episode’s closing act. Who had a happy ending? Who lived? Who died? And who actually got away with murder? Parents need to know that How to Get Away with Murder is a drama with an ensemble cast of law students who work with a powerful, complicated attorney and professor. Most of the action falls along the police-procedural spectrum; expect graphic descriptions of violence, death, and murder, occasional depictions of dead bodies, and plot twists concerning terrible deeds. Also expect references to sex as well as on-screen sexual activity, including a character shown in silhouette having extramarital sex on a desk and one man exhorting another man to "turn over" in bed. Lawyers are willing to take morally questionable or unethical actions to win cases; they are praised for doing so and receive no consequences. Many scenes take place in bars, and characters refer to needing a drink. Cursing is generally mild ("Get the hell out of here!") but can be sexist: "Stop acting like a little bitch."

Created by Shonda Rhimes' production company, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER circles around powerful defense attorney and criminal law professor Annalise Keating (Viola Davis), a woman with a complicated life. She'll do almost anything to win the freedom of the innocent (or the guilty) accused criminals she defends; at home, she's placating loyal husband Sam (Tom Verica) with promises of a baby; and she's carrying on a hot and very morally questionable affair with a local detective, Nate (Billy Brown). The story picks up at the beginning of the year in Keating's classroom, a time when she selects a group of the most promising law students to come work at her law firm. The group this year includes naive newbie Wes Gibbins (Alfred Enoch); overachiever Michaela Pratt (Aja Naomi King); prickly outsider Laurel Castillo (Karla Souza); amoral party boy Connor Walsh (Jack Falahee); and Ivy League frat boy Asher Millstone (Matt McGorry). It's a group of individuals so different that there's no way they should even know each other, much less be working together shoulder to shoulder. But when Wes becomes entangled with a mysterious neighbor who's the chief suspect in the murder of a local coed, and all five of the students and Annalise herself are mixed up in a murder that's decidedly closer to home, they'll have to find a way to make things work.Viewers will be a bit disappointed to learn that, though How to Get Away with Murder is executive-produced by Shonda Rhimes and is made by her company, ShondaLand, Rhimes herself didn't crank out the script. Thus Murder lacks the deliriously insane spark that makes other Rhimes-penned shows such as Scandal or network stalwart Grey's Anatomy so compulsively watchable. Instead, though Viola Davis is so powerful on the small screen that she practically shoots sparks, she's working with material that's beneath her. The plot is so overstuffed with details about what seems to be a grand total of at least 10 main characters that even ultra-compelling ones such as Davis' Keating don't get enough screen time. (Source: www.commonsensemedia.org)

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“They are a resource for me that I will really miss,” Nowalk says of his “How To Get Away With Murder” cast. “What’s cool about Annalise’s journey, and this comes from Viola, is that we’re meeting this woman who was really trying hard to fit in in so many ways and then rebelled against it. We talk about that at the end of the show; she has this one great last speech and it really comes from a lot of what Viola wanted, and it’s about, are we all just trying to be someone the world wants us to be or can we just be ourselves, whether that’s ugly or pretty or good or bad?”

Viewers will be a bit disappointed to learn that, though How to Get Away with Murder is executive-produced by Shonda Rhimes and is made by her company, ShondaLand, Rhimes herself didn't crank out the script. Thus Murder lacks the deliriously insane spark that makes other Rhimes-penned shows such as Scandal or network stalwart Grey's Anatomy so compulsively watchable. Instead, though Viola Davis is so powerful on the small screen that she practically shoots sparks, she's working with material that's beneath her. The plot is so overstuffed with details about what seems to be a grand total of at least 10 main characters that even ultra-compelling ones such as Davis' Keating don't get enough screen time. (Source: www.commonsensemedia.org)

 

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