ABC ‘For Life’ Recap: Season 2 Episode 1 – Aaron Becomes a Free Man


For lifeWrongly incarcerated Aaron Wallace is now a free man, thanks to a few fluid moves he, his friends and foes made in the ABC drama season 2 premiere.

At the end of Season 1, after Wallace (played by Nicholas Pinnock) as his own lawyer successfully argued for a new trial, arch nemesis Glen Maskins (Boris McGiver) privately urged the convict to drop out. any legal action. In commerce, the newly created attorney general would secure Wallace’s release from prison (although with a criminal record and therefore the inability to practice law), drop charges against prison friend Jamal and not pursue criminal charges against Aaron’s wife, violating HIPAA law, Marie.

Aarron, however, didn’t just want to be away, and certainly not with a criminal record stalking him. No, he wanted Maskins faded away. To that end, he set off a series of events chronicling the aforementioned threat from the prosecutor in the prison gymnasium. and proved that he conspired to have the surveillance camera footage removed. This, combined with other incriminating evidence of extrajudicial actions, led AG Burke to hush up Maskins’ assumption of office. Instead, the former prosecutor sheepishly announced that he was stepping down to “spend more time with [his] family ”instead.

The events leading up to Wallace’s release from prison differed significantly from how the character’s actual inspiration, prisoner-turned-lawyer Isaac Wright Jr., secured his own freedom in 1996 after five unwarranted years behind bars.

“There were so many wonderful scenes where I wish it would have happened that way, ”Wright Jr. said at a recent news event, rating ABC For life so far. Recalling the smoking gun that blew him up in 1996, he said: “I had to come out by a policeman confessing at the stand – so this burden, this challenge, this mountain was much higher to climb.

Despite this, Wright Jr. had nothing but praise for his TV counterpart’s legal expertise, saying that “the brilliance of the way Aaron reversed Maskins and over the system was just amazing. With a chuckle, he added, “I wish I could have done it this way instead of the way I did!”

Series creator Hank Steinberg, discussing Aaron’s chosen exit strategy, says, “There are a lot of ways to skin the cat on how he was going to break free and how it was going to be really satisfying ultimately.” And one thing Steinberg decided to avoid was the retrial.

“We all got together and we were like, ‘OK, how are we going to handle this? How will we find a way to make it come out in a dramatic and unexpected way? And we ended up making the decision to do something where it’s not actually going to court, ”says the EP. “We had a big decisive moment at the end of Season 1 where he wins his retrial, and we didn’t want to do something like that again. What we landed on was having Aaron use his cunning and street intelligence, and combine that with his legal skills he had acquired, combined with his dealings with Roswell (Timothy Busfield) and Safiyah. (Indira Varma) outside, to orchestrate this incredible jujitsu. move towards the powers that be who were trying to hold him back.


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