Crime dramas are quite common on the streaming platforms. In fact, crime dramas are deeply embedded into the DNA of streaming platforms, whether it is Better Call Saul or the number of TV series that are getting a second life on the streaming platforms. To add to that comes Seven Seconds, a riveting crime drama about a police officer who runs over a young boy and how he tries to cover up the crime – there’s a strikethrough, of course, the police officer is white, and the boy is black – and that’s what forms the crux of this series.
What’s Wow: The performances are top grade. This is an everyday story that was just needed to come to the screen and everyone associated with the project understands it. Whether it is Beau Knapp as Pete Jablonksi, the cop or the prosecutor, Clare Hope-Ashitey or even the oddball detective (Michael Mosley). Regina King gives a towering performance as the boy’s mother – someone who’s drifting between hope, despair and anger. The series has a ‘grand’ scale to it and it does intrigue the audience.
What’s Blah: While the audience is intrigued, the pace of the series might make many switches to other things. The series seems a bit too long, even with its now staple ten episodes run on Netflix. There are so many underlying story arcs and characters that it seems too much most of the time.
Parting Shot: A watchable series, but it’s too long for the general streaming audiences.
Cast: Clare-Hope Ashitey, Beau Knapp, Regina King, David Lyons, Michael Mosley, Russel Hornsby, Zackary Momoh, Raul Castillo, Patrick Murney, Michelle Veintimilla
You can watch the series Seven Seconds on Netflix