ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL is a limited dramatic series that pays homage to the #MeToo movement. It is blunt and, at times, theoretical about the line between consent and rape. 

The story takes place from an incident recently and several decades ago. It pits the elites against the commoners in London. The characters highlight loyalty, power, sex, arrogance, and “brutish behaviors.” 

The strong ensemble features Sophia (Sienna Miller), Kate (Michelle Dockery), and James (Rupert Friend.) Throughout most of the episodes, I did not know who to believe was telling the truth. The camera angles in the series often swirled around each character which was exactly how I felt watching. 

ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL used many courtroom scenes. They were riveting. I loved the simplistic, polite, precise, to-the-point language. It added multiple layers of doubt and confidence. Each of the six installments ended with a cliffhanger of information. I could not stop myself from binging. 

The show was a look at flawed people. At times, the premise of ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL was just as flawed, with some holes in the plot. It was not perfect but was compelling and intense. It had a strong beginning that got muddled at times, but I believe the scales were balanced in the end. It begs the question… ”what is a good man?”

ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL is available to stream on Netflix.

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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