Words that ought to give any spouse pause: “It was just…sex.” When has that ever been true within the historical past of TV?
In Netflix‘s Anatomy of a Scandal, a slick but shallow six-part adaptation of Sarah Vaughan’s novel, co-creator David E. Kelley spins a much less murderous model of his HBO hit The Undoing. Once once more, a glamorous partner slowly begins to remorse standing by her very good-looking disgraced man. If solely she’d identified? How may she not?
Sophie Whitehouse’s (Sienna Miller) world of privilege begins to unravel when her highly effective Parliament politician husband, James (a sheepish Rupert Friend), father to their two lovely kids, confesses to a five-month affair with a hopelessly devoted aide. Soon one other polished shoe drops after his former lover accuses him of violent rape — of their office elevator, no much less.
“The road is paved in #MeToo landmines,” warns communications chief and disaster supervisor Chris Clarke (snarky Joshua McGuire), who’s additionally a key adviser to the prime minister, James’ faculty buddy, who shares lurid secrets and techniques and sins of the previous. (Chris is my favourite character, particularly when he later warns his boss, “The behavior of entitled toffs is something the public no longer finds cute.” Can I hear an amen?)
All of the skeletons finally tumble out, accompanied by feverishly flamboyant digital camera methods, throughout a high-profile trial whose stern prosecutor (Downton Abbey’s brittle Michelle Dockery) argues that this can be a basic, perhaps landmark, case of assault with out consent, however we quickly be taught she has a secret agenda of virtually laughable contrivance. Just saying: Beware the expository flashbacks, of which there are a lot of, and none all that credible.
My actual drawback with Scandal isn’t that it’s trashy or muddled in its message. I used to be principally misplaced questioning who to care about: the accused, the spouse, or his alleged sufferer, who barely registers as a personality. What’s actually lacking on this Anatomy lesson is its soul.
Anatomy of a Scandal, Limited Series Premiere, Friday, April 15, Netflix