Life is complicated.
I really enjoy this show and all the webs it weaves.
There’s connections from both minor and major characters that are intriguing moving forward.
In the pilot we find out that the warden Safiya Masry, played by Indira Varma, is married to Anaya Harris.
Played by Mary Stuart Masterson, Harris is running for district attorney against current DA Maskins who has goals of becoming attorney general eventually.
Under Masry many changes have occurred at Bellmore Correctional Facilities.
Masry wants to make sweeping changes as we’ve seen that she makes the effort with building relationships with inmates, being on the grounds and eating the same food as the imprisoned population.
The relationship these women share can be seen as a conflict of interest due to the close relationship Masry and Aaron Wallace share as warden and prison rep.
The reason being is Harris’s opposition is one the key people who unjustly jailed Aaron Wallace, District Attorney Maskins.
Glen Maskins is fascinating to me.
In the first episode just off looks it feels he’s gonna be a mustache twirling villain for the show but For Life is more nuanced than that.
Instead he worked with Henry Rosewell, the same lawyer who is currently helping Aaron to get free.
Maskins and Henry Roswell, as former lawyers worked over others to get ahead.
Their self preservation was the main objective. This mentality left those in their way decimated including Aaron.
What I love about this show is we see politics but from both sides.
As this episode title conveys “Promises” are extremely important under this system.
The politics of the prison and the struggles as prison rep navigating his Black community but also fulfilling a promise for the Aryan prisoners.
On the inside they’re not called promises, they call them debts which shows the weight of their actions.
Aaron reminds the warden and in turn the audience what’s at stake for every move he makes while he is in that prison.
It’s great seeing Bobby D, better known as Wee-bay in HBO’s The Wire and the fresh faces playing Aaron’s daughter.
She brings a sense of realness and determination I love to see.
It’s revealed at the end of the pilot she’s pregnant and we now see Ronnie, the baby’s father, who is not an absentee but very invested in her well-being.
I think one of my favorite parts of this episode was seeing his conversation with Aaron.
Though scared he’s not intimated and shows how much he cares when he explains how he doesn’t want her to go up there every week.
It’s a 5 hour round trip and that’s not good for her or the baby.
It was a shocking scene because he raised great points and Aaron in turn respected his position.
I’m really excited to see where this show takes the audience this season.