Conviction: (S01E06) “Stay Woke”


First, I apologize for the tardiness of this review. It’s been a long few weeks and this show has been low on my radar, especially since this is the only season we’re only going to see. 

This episode tackled the Black Lives Matter movement, while only mentioning the phrase once. It started with yet another young, black child being shot by a police officer because he matched the description of someone who committed a crime; basically, he too was black. This is a point that was brought up in the meeting with the team while they were picking their next case. 

Hayes, of course, wanting to add fuel to the fire picked a case where a black activist was arrested for killing a white cop. Cue the many conversations the mixed race team has about race and racism in America. 

The team investigates the case and pieces together the riot using data from social media sites. This, and based on the person convicted telling the team that the coroner’s van didn’t leave the scene for several hours, helps to solve the case. Because the body decomposed at a faster rate, the coroner mistook the entry wound for the exit wound. This meant that the shooter was behind the cop, which the convicted person was not. The person who was behind the cop, however, was one of the witnesses against the convicted person. He shot the cop…because he had a gun…because he was scared…because he put his hand on the trigger without thinking. 

He said it was an accident but knew what was going to happen to him. He knew either the cops were going to get him as payback for killing a cop or the black people in prison were going to get him for helping to wrongfully convict the black activist. Rather than suffer through any of this, he killed himself. 

The activist was released into a world with a movement she helped to start. 

On to the B story: Naomi, the ex-girlfriend of both Hayes and the DA is around. She’s working for the DA and based on the end scene of this episode, there’s some extra curricular activities involved. Hayes is not happy.

Buss laugh moment of this episode: n/a

Punched in the feels moment of this episode:   The moments of team bonding that happened. Punched in the feels because it’s all for nothing. The show was canceled. I actually kind of feel badly for them. 

Made me ponder for a sec moment of this episode:  The heart to heart the ex-cop had with her father. As a person of color, I too often wonder if my race is the only thing that people see and if it is the thing that trumps everything else. 

Actually a solid episode. Look at them stepping their game up just in time to get canceled. 

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