Guilty Party Season 1 Premier Review: “The Last Real Journalist Working in Denver”

The guilty party will premiere at Paramount + on Thursday, October 14th.

The Guilty Party, starring Kate Beckinsale as a shameful reporter trying to regain her past fame in an attempt to prove that an imprisoned woman is not guilty of murder, is a complete boring mess of the premiere mystery series. .. It never settles in tone, refuses to give us a character that cares about, and is a structure that is too poor to tie us up with a rope.

The guilty party episode will hover in about 30 minutes. This can be a blessing if the series keeps things tight, inspiring and meaningful. However, Guilty Party pilots provide only one-third of the story needed in the introductory episode. This is what we rely on to captivate us, as the show isn’t an exaggerated product yet. And that’s the flop. Beckinsale’s Beth Baker isn’t sympatheticly miserable, nor eccentric and entertaining enough to captivate us.

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Sometimes Beth appears to be pulled out of a legal blonde as a hidden brain that people underestimate, but it gets confused when she shows no insight, influence, or intuition in any area of ​​life. increase. What’s more, she’s not even charismatically incompetent, she can make her friendly and likable.

In this first episode, “The Last Real Journalist Working in Denver,” Beth was quickly revoked when she saw Beth win a local award for “Investigative Journalism Excellence,” and her in the Denver Chronicle. The job was robbed because she lied … well, something. And that’s almost all you can learn about her as a pilot. That’s all you know about Beth when you leave the premiere episode. I’ve never heard of what the big lie was, why she did it, or any explanation from her side. It’s all coming further in the season, maybe it’s too late. You can’t show the character’s shell and expect the viewer to care.

In addition to this, what Beth does in this first chapter is nothing wise. She is wonderfully insensitive to most things. Exiled to work in the pop culture press arena, Beth talks about trafficking and the homeless, as her new editor of pop bytes goes to work every day without knowing who is hiring her. It’s so smart that I think I want it.

And, for some reason, the show has the courage to abuse pop bite simply because it’s what it is, not Beth who can’t read the single room she’s in. We are supposed to buy her as a detective, but in this first episode she treats with the concept of humans who have experienced other humans, there is no single situation.

This first episode is so thin that there is little reason to move on.


The first episode doesn’t touch on the real mystery elements, so there’s a good chance the Guilty Party will improve during the season, but that only leaves us with a very flat and uninteresting pilot. It’s not until the end that Beth meets Jules Latimer’s accidentally imprisoned Toni (Beth naturally makes his ass), and the deal still doesn’t close.

Obviously, there’s a redemption arc here because Beth (hopefully) learns to stop becoming such a weird derogatory fever, but this first episode is so thin that it’s a reason to move on. Is almost nonexistent.

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