With murder, mystery, mayhem, and just a dash of Kardashians — The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story started off with the perfect premiere episode!
While most of us know the conclusion to this story twenty years after the verdict was read, the FX drama carefully pieced together the case from the beginning while giving us a look inside the lives of all the major players involved.
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The Ryan Murphy-directed premiere starts off with a limo driver waiting to take O.J. Simpson (Cuba Gooding Jr.) to the airport, after he allegedly "overslept."
Over on Bundy Drive, a man walking his dog comes across Nicole Brown Simpson's white Akita, who leads them to the bodies. The police soon investigate the crime scene, uncovering evidence famously used in the court case — like the blood, the Bronco, the shoe prints, and the glove.
With the evidence piling up, we get to meet the major characters before they get swept up in the trial. Head prosecutor Marcia Clark (Sarah Paulson) is recently separated with two kids, and Robert Shapiro (John Travolta) is a hotshot Hollywood lawyer with plenty of courtroom stories.
Clark soon realizes the uphill battle she'll be going through when the rest of the district attorney's office can't see Simpson as a suspect. But after more evidence surfaces, including O.J.'s previous arrest for domestic abuse, Clark famously says:
"He got away with beating her, he's not going to get away with killing her."
At Nicole's funeral, we meet the one and only Kris Jenner (Selma Blair) who is attending the ceremony with her not-yet famous kids and Faye Resnik (Connie Britton).
At this point, the momager has already split from her husband Robert Kardashian (David Schwimmer), who tells Shapiro that Simpson was there for him "every night" during his divorce — so he will be there for his friend now.
That promise is kept in the pilot, as the evidence keeps piling up against the former athlete. Simpson's lawyers make him take a polygraph test — which he fails — and after a DNA report comes in, the long-delayed warrant for O.J.'s arrest was issued.
Shapiro pulls some strings and gets the D.A. to agree to let Simpson turn himself in, but after popping pills, an unhinged O.J. threatens to commit suicide in Kim Kardashian's childhood bedroom — which Robert talks him out of.
The episode ends with the cops pulling up to the Encino hideaway, only to find the white Bronco gone — which means next episode will start off with one epic chase scene down the 405!
What did YOU think of the premiere episode? The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on FX.
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