Matt Roush says...
Unsettling in a sardonic way, with an O. Henry style appreciation of dark irony, creator/writer/host B.J. Novak’s (The Office) impressive seriocomic anthology takes on big issues with broad premises that pay off. Rod Serling would approve. Launching with two episodes, the first (“Social Justice Sex Tape”) stars Dear Evan Hansen’s Ben Platt as a socially “woke” white liberal who turns over an embarrassing sex tape that reveals in its background a hotly contested police incident involving a wrongly imprisoned Black suspect (Jermaine Fowler). The ensuing trial may result in justice, but at what cost to our conflicted hero’s ego? In the powerful second episode, “Moment of Silence,” The Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal cannily portrays a grieving father who takes a PR job at a national gun lobby after losing his 5-year-old daughter to gun violence. What’s his true motive? The ending will stay with you for a long time, which is the point.