Former OJ prosecutor’s participation makes solid ‘Fix’ interesting
After the 2018-2019 network upfront in May of last year, I named ABC’s “The Fix” as the new show I was most looking forward to seeing Now, almost 10 months later, I finally got my chance. And after watching the first two episodes, I really want to yell at someone at ABC for making me wait so long. “Fix” is everything I hoped it would be and way more as it gives a familiar story just enough great twists to turn a basic redemption/revenge story into a fascinating mystery.
“Fix” stars Robin Tunney as Maya Travis, an L.A. district attorney who fled everything she knew after losing a high profile murder case against an A-list movie star accused of the double murder of his ex-wife and her friend. Eight years later, after Maya has moved on to a quiet life on a ranch, her old life comes calling as that same star, Severen “Sevvy” Johnson (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), is again under suspicion for the murder of his girlfriend. Matthew Collier (Adam Rayner), who helped Maya prosecute Sevvy in 2010, is now the chief deputy district attorney, and he wants Maya to help him put Sevvy away this time. But to do it, she’ll have to face an even more engaged public, thanks to the advent of social media, and she’ll have to once again face “The Wolf,” Sevvy’s attorney Ezra Wolf (Scott Cohen).
But “Fix” is way more than just a revenge/redemption story for Maya, as there are a lot of other storylines at play. There are the relationships that Maya severed, including her friendship with her investigator, CJ (the always welcome Merrin Dungey), there’s the underlying vibe between Maya and Matthew, and there’s the possibility that Matthew’s motives for bringing Maya back may not be as pure as you think. And there’s the possibility that Maya may never get her justice for the victims of the first case by winning this one, because Sevvy may not be guilty this time around. Plus, there are more than a few unexpected twists to keep everything very interesting.
Of course, the biggest twist is behind the camera as “Fix” is co-created, co-written and executive produced by Marcia Clark, who led the prosecution of O.J. Simpson. So, if you were an intense follower of that case, as I still am, you can’t help but scrutinize every move Maya makes, wondering if that’s how Clark felt and how she wishes she had handled things if given the opportunity.
It’s that added layer with the participation of Clark that will probably draw most viewers into the show. But that’s okay, because once they tune in, they will find an outstanding drama full of well-crafted characters that will keep them glued to the screen with every move they make. Ten months is a long time, but yes, I’m happy to say “Fix” was well worth the wait.
“The Fix” premieres at 8 p.m. Monday, March 18 on ABC.
Angela Henderson-Bentley writes about television for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact her at email@example.com.