Robin “Lisbon” Tunney is prosecutor
Marcia Clark Maya Travis; devastated by the verdict in the high-profile murder case of the century, Maya turns her back on her old DA life, moves in with Riley from Buffy, and lives a quiet, country life with lots of denim and horses but no visible means of support (how she can afford not only not to work but also to keep her gorgeous house in LA just sitting empty for eight years is a question which remains unanswered) till her old DA life comes calling again in the form of former co-counsel/close friend Christopher Darden Matthew Collier (Tyrant’s Adam Rayner).
Turns out Maya’s old nemesis Sevvy Johnson (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje from Lost) may have killed yet another woman and Collier wants her on the case/grudge match as the foremost Sevvy Johnson expert of our times. And bonus: Matt’s hot, so’s Maya and there’s a definite frisson there which neither hardass journalist Mrs Collier nor Cowboy Riley will be happy about but which I am TOTALLY here for. As an adult woman in the real life world of work, I would obviously be outraged if people suggested that men and women working super-closely together had to have some kind of romantic relationship, but as a TV viewer watching attractive people in the fictional world of procedural drama (or any other kind), I’m much more outraged at the suggestion that they might not. I mean, WTF am I watching for? I’m going to need Maya and Matthew to get all kinds of closer, especially since, to be honest, there’s not much else to get overly excited about in this somewhat basic first episode.
Any legitimate points the show might have made about how appallingly Marcia Clark and other women in the public eye have been treated, about trial by media, about the intersection of race, gender, celebrity and the justice system – all of these points have, of course, already been made with real perspective-changing power and emotional heft in the seminal American Crime Story: The People vs OJ Simpson. The Fix occasionally, if half-heartedly, flirts with the same territory (the media scrum around Maya’s house is properly frightening, for instance) but that’s very clearly not what the show’s real focus is. Instead, it comes off as a blatant, overly on-the-nose attempt to cash in on ACS’s rehabilitation/ reinvention of Marcia Clark, by granting her a wish fulfilment/ revenge fantasy do-over and it makes no attempt at subtlety or nuance in the process. Maya is a beacon of truth and justice (if kind of a lousy friend). Matt is handsome, well-intentioned and (please God) torn between his wife, his career and the aforementioned beacon of truth and justice. Suspect Sevvy is a self-pitying, selfish asshat. The major villains – shady lawyers and the media – are defiantly, unapologetically villainous. And if there was any doubt, any at all, about the gleefully trashy mood of the whole thing, it’s dispelled in the final scene of the episode: Maya and co facing Sevvy and co, battle lines drawn, smirks at the ready – “Miss me?”
Is it worth your time, though? Well, the similarities between the fictional story and the real-life one made me a little queasy at times but, if you can get beyond that, it’s ok. The script is workmanlike and won’t win anybody any awards, but the acting is fine, the scenery’s nice, and Tunney’s trademark combination of strength, vulnerability and conscience makes her a more than likeable heroine. I’m low-key rooting for her and Matt’s happiness, even if I don’t care much about anyone else. Long story short: The Fix passes the time if you’ve got some on your hands but, if not, you’re not missing much.