Television Picks of the Week – 12/10/20

Television Picks of the Week – 12/10/20
by Alison Traynor

Murder and mayhem are on the agenda this week as No More Workhorse brings you a selection of morbid Netflix gems to keep you both entertained and disturbed. From police corruption to biological warfare, here are three must-watch films and television shows to get stuck into. Enjoy and stay safe!

The Trial of the Chicago 7

On October 16, Aaron Sorkin’s new legal drama, The Trial of the Chicago 7, will be released on Netflix. Based on the true story of seven anti-Vietnam War protesters who were charged by the US government with a myriad of offences, the film boasts an eclectic cast, with actors such as Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Keaton. If Sorkin’s previous works are anything to go by, plenty of sharp, lengthy dialogue and compelling characterisation can be expected. So, if you want to immerse yourself in the world of archaic, racist America, then check out The Trial of the Chicago 7 out this week. You could alternatively turn on the news for the same effect, but that’s not quite as enjoyable.

The Three Deaths of Marisela Escobedo

Continuing with the themes of conflict and justice, No More Workhorse recommends taking a look at The Three Deaths of Marisela Escobedo. This documentary examines the life of Marisela Escobedo Ortiz, whose teenage daughter Rubí was brutally murdered in 2008. As a passionate advocate for her daughter and other victims of violence, she dedicates her life to fighting the flawed Mexican justice system and having her child’s killer, who happens to be her own son-in-law, punished for his crime. Yet, her vocal support for a woman’s right to survival was apparently a controversial one, for it eventually contributed to her own murder two years later. Although this documentary is a truly shocking watch, Marisela’s incredible work deserves to be recognised and lauded, for she made the ultimate sacrifice to have her voice heard.

La Révolution

La Révolution is a new Netflix Originals series which is due to be released on October 16. As you have probably already gathered, it is set during the French Revolution, but there’s a twist, for La Révolution is a far cry from a straight historical drama. In its fictionalised version of history, the future inventor of the guillotine discovers a mysterious disease which affects the aristocracy, causing them to murder members of the lower classes. This, of course, did not actually happen, and Terry Deary was sadly denied an absolute field day. Overall, La Révolution looks rather overwrought, but it’s just what we need nowadays considering that the local grocery shop running out of Brennan’s is the most interesting thing that has happened in months.

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