Injustice (2011) Questions Situational Ethics
“Coincidence is the word we use when we can’t see the levers and pulleys.” –Emma Bull
Setting six degrees of separation aside, the five-episode miniseries Injustice ties a diverse collection of characters together with coincidences, offering twists and turns that keep the audience guessing—and tuned in. As Injustice progresses, the audience learns that attorneys, accused, convicted, and numerous relations and friends are separated by no more than two or three degrees.
Seen on ITV and DirecTV, and available on DVD from Acorn Media, Injustice follows the fortunes of William Travers (James Purefoy), a defense barrister who abandoned his London practice representing accused murderers after a particularly negative experience, and moved to the more bucolic countryside of Suffolk.
Travers’ life is complicated by his wife’s dissatisfaction with their move and a call to defend an old friend facing a homicide charge that appears unbeatable and more complex than Travers’ life. As he immerses himself in his friend’s defense, Travers’ wife becomes more deeply involved promoting a young man in the prison writing program she teaches. Could the murder trial connect with a young inmate miles and lifestyles removed?
Injustice is an intense drama focusing on moral ambiguity, the difficult dilemmas people face, and the terrible consequences of their decisions. It is intriguing, well-acted, and thought-provoking.