Monday, January 23, 2023

What I’m Watching: Your Honor (Season Premiere)

Your Honor: Season 2, Episode 1 “Part Eleven” (B)

This show’s return is a true surprise given that it was always intended to be a limited series, and it also ended on a note that didn’t exactly invite a follow-up. The opening reveal with a haggard, very bearded Michael in prison and being force-fed was quite dramatic, and I’m glad that, by episode’s end, he was released and hopefully headed straight for a barber. The fact that the circumstances of his incarceration were not entirely clear paved the way for an important piece of this season’s plot, which is that Olivia Delmont, played by the always superb Rosie Perez, hopefully on loan from “The Flight Attendant” ahead of a not-yet-ordered season three, is already pursuing her own case against the Baxter family which Michael’s confession would have stepped on. I like the idea that he might have to work with the Baxters as her undercover informant, though that’s sure to get very messy. Charlie might also be a target because of his very willing participation in what Michael needed of him, and he’s also in league with Big Mo, who did seem ready to dispose of Eugene before he was let go and then she figured out a way to make it seem like he was dead without having to actually track him down again. I’m not sure what to say about the prison rodeo which felt like a vivid nightmare, but Michael being visited by Fia got an important asterisk at the very end, which is that he has a grandchild he doesn’t know about that links him forever to the Baxter family, even if he does ultimately help take them down. That should make this season at least somewhat interesting!

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