‘Your Honor’ – When the remarkable seems just enough

‘Your Honor’ It is one of those series that has everything to be better than « just good ». To the point of being forced to be much better than just « good ». On paper, of course, she is well qualified for it. For something we say that it has everything. So that the remarkable seems just enough, and not more than enough. A good screenwriter like Peter Moffat, good producers like Robert and Michelle King, a good director like Edward Berger, or a good network like Showtime.

Also a good base, a series of prestige (but unknown around here) such as Israel ‘Kvodo’, or especially the imposing presence of Bryan Cranston, a great actor who fills the screen with his mere presence. I said, on paper everything looks as good as then everything looks so good on screen. It is undeniable that ‘Your Honor’ is what a good series is said. A series as « honorable » as « honorable » is at least in appearance any judge who is thus presented by the sheriff on duty. Your … ma’am.

A mistake, a small, simple and innocent mistake can cost you that appearance of « honorability », as we can see from day to day. An error that does not necessarily have to be important or relevant, not even a mistake, but for which you will be judged every day as if the rest of your career was not worth shit. As for the remarkable to seem just enough, and the firefighter who walks into a burning building is not a hero, but just a guy doing his job. That they pay you for something.

Have studied. Or better yet, having dedicated yourself to pasting posters for a political party …

And its first two episodes are extraordinary, totally worthy of the series with capital letters that on paper it can and should be. A very solid production where everything looks great. Better than good, meeting high expectations and keeping the bar high. Maybe … too high. After the third, however, the series seems to slow down a bit. Perhaps, it is possible. Though it may also just hold at that point where the remarkable seems just enough, and not more than enough.

That point where a mistake, a small, simple and innocent mistake can cost you the appearance of « honorability » that you have been building from the beginning. An error that does not necessarily have to be important or relevant, not even an error, but that can be a whole world when you are so high and aiming so high. While its first two episodes are very tense and vibrant, the following episodes seem mired in the inertia of the series that is thought too good to get to the point.

That is, it temporizes. It slows down and relaxes to last the ten episodes it lasts instead of the eight it could have lasted. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, seeing actors like Bryan Cranston or Michael Stuhlbarg performing is always a pleasure. No minute seems wasted, but it is perhaps redundant. Or scattered. Or less intense compared to its early bars. Or maybe not very intense. At the end of the day, we arrived at this court shocked and excited after its superb first minutes.

But it is nothing more than an impression that proves the importance of giving an opinion – not evaluating – a series once seen in full and as a whole: ‘Your Honor’ stop for a couple of episodes to take a breath, and with calm and above all credibility, to lay the foundations for what comes next: A slow but continuous in crescendo where suspense and uncertainty are built calmly but without any rest or pause. Each movement is a firm and careful step on an increasingly fine line of life.

Something similar (in spirit) to ‘Better Call Saul’, lapping up and reveling in a narrative constructed step by step with relative parsimony. Despite its vibrant start, ‘Your Honor’ It is certainly not a gimmicky series for impatient or impertinent. There is no stitch without thread, there are no missteps or anything left to chance: It all comes together in due course, giving shape and volume to Bryan Cranston’s human drama over ten episodes of which after everything, neither is missing nor is there any excess.

‘Your Honor’ is a patient thriller for adults that has it all to be better than just good. To the point of being forced to be better than « just good ». On paper she is well trained, and on screen it seems that she is too. Ample. You could always ask for more, or the same but being more direct. Or that it was anything else. Because ‘Your Honor’ It seems like Bryan Cranston, he’s just doing his job. Like that firefighter who enters a burning building.

As for the remarkable to seem only, and only more than enough.

* This review is a revision of the one originally published on December 20, 2020. In red, the variations from the original text.

By Juan Pairet Iglesias