No one would argue that Netflix has some extremely good programming going for it these days. As a matter of fact, the streaming service has become rather legendary for its ability to create original programming that is often just as good as, if not better than, the programs that are being headed up by major television networks. One of its newest shows is called Seven Seconds. Netflix just released a trailer for it and you wouldn’t believe how this show manages to intertwine reality and television.
In reality, there isn’t anything new about developing a show, movie, or some form of other entertainment as a direct result of something tragic that has happened in real life. With that being said, Seven Seconds takes this endeavor to new heights.
The show centers around the story of a white police officer who accidentally hits an African-American teenager with his car. The teen is critically injured and the ensuing investigation causes a great deal of strife between whites and people of color. The lines denoting race that are already so frequently strained become even more so. As you can see, this is something that could easily make the evening news in any city or town throughout the United States. In many locations, something similar has already happened.
The trailer goes on to show much of what happens after the initial accident. For instance, it provides more information than you might expect about the way that individual lives are impacted by this accident. It also includes footage about the ensuing trial, along with suggesting that the families of those involved must learn more about their loved ones in order to fully understand what happened and why.
The show is produced by Veena Sud, who is responsible for The Killing, and stars an ensemble cast, including Regina King. You might remember King from American Crime. Even if you haven’t previously followed these individuals or their previous endeavors, this is a show that is sure to grab your attention from the beginning and refuse to let go. So much of it is based in the current racial tensions that exist in so many cities across America, you can visualize the story unfolding in your own back yard.
While the trailer is careful not to divulge too much information, it does provide just enough to grasp your attention. It makes you want to watch the show. The truth is, just seeing the trailer can almost make you afraid that you might miss a single episode. The good news is that if you do, you can always make it up by streaming it whenever you have the time, since this is a show on Netflix.
If, for some reason, you haven’t been paying attention to the shows Netflix has been putting out there over the last year or two, you really don’t know what you are missing. These are some high quality shows that sacrifice nothing in the form of entertainment. Some might even argue that they could easily compete with anything put up against them when it comes to entertainment value. For that reason, Seven Seconds is worth checking out.
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