Your Honor review by Bobby Blakey

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Bryan Cranston has always been great, but continues to amaze me that he went from his brilliant comedic turn on Malcolm in the Middle to the amazing Breaking Bad. He continues to shine in every role he takes on and now has returned back to TV once again for the series Your Honor. The series co-stars Carmen Ejogo, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Sofia Black-D’Elia, Maura Tierney, Amy Landecker, Margo Martindale, Lorraine Toussaint, Chet Hanks, Lamar Johnson and Lilli Kay.

Your Honor follows Michael Desiato, a respected New Orleans judge whose teenage son, Adam, is involved in a hit-and-run that leads to a high-stakes game of lies, deceit and impossible choices including crossing paths with Jimmy Baxter, the much-feared head of a crime family and his wife, Gina, who might be even more dangerous than her husband.

This 10 episode mini-series wastes no time in getting right into the thick of things. The first episode is a perfect set up to everything that comes after as it should be, but is also well crafted to showcase the multiple lives that will intertwine through the 10 episodes. It comes as no surprise that Cranston is awesome here and elevates this series in every way.

 

His character evolution is what makes this series work, but also makes it infuriating at times. Like any of these shows for them to keep building suspense and drama there are always a fair amount of bad decisions that could have easily been resolved another way. This show is no different and sometimes had me aggravated to no end, but then it happened. The chaos set off a chain of events that is compelling and often times intense along with some interesting twists and turns.

Don’t get me wrong, I was still frustrated at times, but this happens in all of these shows. This one sucked me right in and I was all in until the final intense moments of the finale. It was pretty predictable where it was headed, but ended with the perfect finale that brought everything full circle.

For everything great the show still follows some predictable tropes that might leave some a bit off, but I for one loved the series as a whole. Grab your copy of Your Honor available now on DVD from Paramount, Showtime and CBS DVD.