Tuesday, June 7, 2022

What I’m Watching: We Own This City (Penultimate Episode)

We Own This City: Season 1, Episode 5 “Part Five” (B+)

Six episodes is an interesting length for a series since I feel like this one could go one for a lot longer and also like we’ve already seen so many offenses that it’s about time someone finally got convicted for what they’ve done. Everything we’re hearing just makes it all seem worse, with Jemell having his own vices and Jenkins posing as a U.S. Attorney just for fun so that he could exert even more authority over an unsuspecting target. There’s also Hersl, who seems to get far less joy from his despicable actions and whose confiscations of money from a man pulled over for no legitimate reason really affected his life in an adverse way. K-Stop was a rarity within the department, someone who appeared to idolize Jenkins before he joined the team and then so immediately rejected the concept of corruption. It’s unfortunate that resistance to that sentiment was so unusual, but this show doesn’t paint a positive picture of anyone. As Erika spent some time practicing her musical instrument during this drawn-out investigation, we got to hear a very personal motivation for Nicole, whose story about her brother exemplifies the impact of even something that doesn’t involve physical violence and brutality but instead stems from the racist dispositions of officers who profile people for being outside their own homes. I imagine that the final episode of this series will find the culprits finally facing justice, but I’m not too optimistic that it’s going to create much enduring change.

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