TV Club: American Crime: Episode Two

Parents pass a lot of things on to their children. They can be basic things like eye color or nose shape, height or complexion or they can be more burdensome things like genetic predisposition to disease or mental illness. But at times it seems like there’s really nothing a parent can pass on to their child that’s more harmful than their own baggage. It is perhaps the most pyrrhic of victories of nurture over nature, that the environment in which you bring up your child could do far more harm to them than most anything lurking in a genetic code.

If it understands nothing else, American Crime understands the damage and hurt that is intrinsically linked to some familial relationships and “Episode Two” showcases that as much as anything. Throughout the episode, much like in the pilot, Russ is made to feel intense guilt over the way in …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *