If Suits was the Hyde of USA’s law-side-TV-drama, then Pearson is definitely its Jekyll. This spinoff starring Gina Torres as the ever-formidable Jessica Pearson is very different from its parent show, and that’s not a bad thing.
Suits dealt with the kind of drama shrouding corporate law: with constant scheming in-and-out of courtrooms being its staple without the low-level consequence that’s well-known to the real world, but with Pearson we get a show that’s not afraid to get its hand dirty.
Within the space of ten episodes, Pearson’s been able to lend its voice to a whole lot of issues plaguing everyday society; gentrification, police brutality, bribery and corruption within the government, death by gun violence, crowd protests, you name it. In just one season this show’s been able to touch these conversations its predecessor shied away from not because it’s in a competition, but because it’s a whole, new, different, engaging entity. In Pearson, Gina Torres shows a side of Jessica we weren’t sure existed but still stays true to the character. Jessica’s vulnerabilities are more obvious than ever before, and that’s party because of the show’s Chicago setting, which is where she grew up. You know what they saw about home and what it does to you?
So, next time you or someone close to you wants to criticize this show for being different, make sure you remind them that different isn’t always bad. Pearson is good!
Rinzy’s Rating of Pearson season one: 3/5