The last time Rachelle Lefèvre directed a television series, she was trapped Under the dome in the mysteriously confined city of Chester's Mill.
Fortunately, there are no domes in Lefevre's new series, Innocent proved, but this Is take place in such a stressful place: the courtroom. (Seriously, Chester's Mill will start looking very attractive after facing Chicago's toughest attorney.)
Innocent proved made his Fox debut on Friday night – but before telling us what you thought of Episode 1, let's recap what happened in the first one:
Lefevre is interpreted by Madeline Scott, an ambitious lawyer, who works for the Injustice Defense Group, a law firm "solely dedicated to the problem of wrongful convictions". for the assassination of their friend, Rosemary, but was released once the conviction was canceled.
The main enemy of Madeline in the courtroom is Advocate General Gore Bellows (FrasierKelsey Grammer), who was responsible for her wrongful conviction when she was younger. Now, Bellows is about to be elected Attorney General of Illinois and Madeline is determined to demolish it by exposing her many years of corrupt legal practice.
In the first of Friday, Madeline and her associates re-examined a particular case which, in their opinion, ended with an unjustified prison sentence. Lucia Rincón was found guilty of burning her house with her own child inside and Bellows vilified her successfully during her initial trial. But Madeline and her team suspect Bellows of hiding all sorts of important evidence during the trial and Lucia deserves to be released as a free woman.
I'll spare you the legal details of this episode, but it's the verdict that matters most, anyway: Lucia Is to be released from prison after learning that Bellows had used a highly-trained translator to handle Lucia's case and obtained a falsified statement from her husband at the time. Although Bellows seems to be quite the Goliath of the Chicago legal world, Madeline's team has at least exposed some from the corruption of his office before the first is over.
Of course, Madeline has other problems on her plate, too. She agrees to go out with a reporter named Dylan, who seems to play for the best scoop. In addition, Madeline's brother is fired from his job as a local football coach after hitting a former high school classmate who thinks he really killed Rosemary many years ago. (Before daylight saving time, Madeline begins a new investigation into Rosemary's homicide at home, sticking a wall with pictures of suspects and newspaper clippings from that year.)
The biggest curve, however, is when Madeline discovers that her brother was actually go out together Rosemary at the time of her death (although they kept their relationship secret with all other people at school, including Madeline). Shocked Madeline cries to her brother that this information could ruin them if anyone discovered that Rosemary and he were together; if the secret is revealed, everyone will believe himself guilty again.
The first ends with a brief look back at the day of Rosemary's death. It's Madeline who discovered her best friend's body this afternoon – and, oddly enough, Madeline's brother was already at the scene of the crime, although it was not entirely clear whether he was really involved in Rosemary's death.
OK, your turn. What did you think of Innocent provedThe first? Rate the episode in our poll below, then post a comment with your full reviews!