I’ve recently started watching The Night Of. I’ve been thoroughly impressed with the show so far, but have noted a few things I’d like to share.
First, the show is the worst possible case of bad luck of all time. Period. If you’ve watched just the first episode of the show, I’m sure you’ve picked up on this – but don’t worry, it gets worse. It’s the kind of thing you think about but never really actually happens… and then it does, in The Night Of.
Second, the storyline is ridden with racial innuendos, especially towards Naz’s parents whose lives are (obviously) totally altered forever. In exploring my wandering thoughts about this show, I came across this article which outlines the star’s (Riz Ahmed) own perspectives on racist stereotypes based on his personal experiences.
Third, and most importantly, is the representation of what it means to be non-white in present-day America, AND that the white male can always come in and save you. I find this problematic, to say the least. (See Vulture’s article, and DB’s article for more on representations of “other”…)
I was glad to see that the New York Times mentioned the podcast “Serial,” because I, too, found similarities both in representations of other, “bad luck,” and the white lawyer swooping in to save the day.
All in all, I highly recommend this show (especially if crime television strikes your fancy), but I challenge you to look beyond the story and see the representations at stake.
Sorry for the article overload, but they really are worth your read!