‘The Premise’ Series Premiere Recap – ‘Social Justice Sex Tape’
We may have reached the peak of awakening a long time ago, but that doesn’t stop BJ Novak from aiming.
In his new anthology series The premise (now streaming on FX on Hulu with its first two episodes), the creator / executive producer is harnessing comedy to tackle some of modern society’s biggest issues.
In the first, a white man in his twenties awakened (played by The politician‘s Ben Platt) tries to be an ally after discovering video evidence of a police incident that could potentially free a black man. Only problem: it is in the background of his embarrassing sex tape. Here’s a full recap of what happened in “Social Justice Sex Tape”.
Eve Pierre (Dickinson‘s Ayo Edebiri) is a savvy young lawyer looking for a case of her own. She hands over her winning choice to her mentor and boss, Rayna Bradshaw (blackish‘s Tracee Ellis Ross), in which a young black man named Darren Williams (Superior Donuts‘Jermaine Fowler) was arrested and charged with aggravated assault of a police officer, following an incident in Brooklyn. Of course, the cops’ body cameras were turned off (how handy!). Shortly thereafter, revealing images are sent to Eve’s inbox that prove Darren’s innocence. This evidence happens to be a sex tape.
The man who submitted the tape, Ethan Streiber (Platt), arrives at the law firm to share his revival story, which, yes, includes trying to exonerate Darren. The lawyers tell him they have to watch the entire video, which includes the guy’s full moon. As they watch him plow his girlfriend on film, the lawyers clearly see the cop tripping over a sidewalk. Darren is innocent!
Closer to the court date, Ethan has cold eyes. “Do we really really trust the legal system in this messy racist country?” he asks. With a little massage and a word from Hamilton, his nerves are soothed.
Ethan squirms in court, as the prosecutor mentions having split the clip “frame by frame”. Eve then tells the jury that they are about to see something really disgusting: injustice. (Good and too Ethan’s Junk.) The court begins to criticize Ethan’s appearance, including the scrotum, as well as his prowess (or lack thereof) in the sack. The whole ordeal is savage. And hilarious. For us. The prosecution even claims that the girl in the video is way too hot for him, so the clip must be a deep-fake!
Eve and Rayna decide to unlock Ethan’s entire phone to paint a full picture of who he really is, and that’s when things really get messed up. It’s full of homemade sex tapes and porn, but then they dive into her Twitter story, which is filled with grueling and douchey contradictions.
The sex tape ends up leaking out into the world, catching the attention of every hole in social media. It even becomes fodder for Desus & Mero!
Eve brings Ethan to the stand and asks him if he really has black friends. He doesn’t. Ethan talks about “releasing the black square” and “removing the black square,” and pursues a tangent about how the justice system and the social justice system are both deeply collapsed. “Literally nothing is ever enough, and everyone on all sides is destroying me just to show how they or they are! ”He concludes:“ I quit. It’s over. Fk this court, fk this system and fk that woke up bulls! ”Hmm, he seems to learn something …
Yes, homeboy blows a joint. And although Ethan’s life is more or less over, in the end, Darren is found not guilty. In a post-court speech to the press, Darren thanks everyone – the lawyers, the jury, the stenographer, the bailiff – but not poor Ethan.
“You said I would be a hero for that,” Ethan said to Eve with sad eyes. She replies: “I did not say that you see like a.
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