2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Dramatic tale of real life issue, well done,
This review is from: Outlaw Season 1 (Amazon Instant Video)
Segregation of schools still exists and for anyone that lives near a major metropolitan area where large swathes of "minorities" live, they know this is true. The black/Hispanic/poor white schools always receive fewer resources while the schools in wealthier areas have every resource. The context of this in "Kelvin Jones" is made more poignant when the school where a gang style murder takes place is named after the protagonist of this series, Cyrus Garza, played by Jimmy Smits. Smits' character has major flaws, drinking and gambling among them along with a sort of self righteous blindness that gets him into situations where he does not belong. The tension between these flaws, his excellent support staff (read cast) and the cases he fervently latches onto are what make this series tick. This is no less true in "Kelvin Jones" where the courtroom fight does not always look like the outcome Garza wishes to see yet somehow resolves itself in an almost too perfect way (four stars instead of five, a "Hooray for Hollywood" deduction.) I began to watch this series because I trust the quality of acting and drama from Jimmy Smits. He is talented and makes good choices. I would recommend this episode and the entire series thus far as worthwhile and thought provoking.