Conviction 1×03 Review: 'Dropping Bombs'

We are clearly meant to root for Hayes Morrison, but all heroes have to be humbled at some point and this was Hayes’ humbling moment.

She has become almost predictable in how she acts out and when the press started referring to her position as helping the innocent, so Hayes in turn gets the team to look at a case whereby a bigot was convicted of bombing a mosque on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

The bigot in question is Rodney Landon, is a well-known for speaking out against Muslim and who had written on his blog descriptions as to how to build a bomb. It seemed like a neat and tidy case but Hayes still wanted to challenge it, mainly because she does not want CIU just to be seen as a unit that releases good people but one who releases anyone who does wrong.

(ABC/John Medland)
(ABC/John Medland)

Three episodes in and the characters have already fallen into patterns, such as Frankie and Tess reenact the crime in order to see if it is feasible for the crime to have been committed. It’s usually a no, and this time they learnt that the chemical that the bomber used at the mosque was different to the chemical that Landon advises be used at the mosque. But yet this does not mean he didn’t do it because he could have just used a different substance, and it’s clear that both Frankie and Tess want to believe that he did it because he is such a terrible man and they want him to remain in prison.

Then there is Maxine, with her superior knowledge about the police and their antics, who goes to her father for help about the case and from whom she finds out that the police had been burying that the evidence that they received that Landon was guilty was from his journal whereby he plans to blow up a mosque which they found from a raid of his apartment without a search warrant.

(ABC/John Medland)
(ABC/John Medland)

None of the evidence received was partly conclusive that Landon could be innocent as just like with the other cases there were no other strong alternatives, but of course we were missing something with the other people that they interviewed because how did we not notice that imam was not in the pictures at his wife’s home?




This is one trope that has become familiar in the three episodes – is that something will suddenly awake Hayes to the truth about the suspect or the case and she will solve it in a matter of seconds. It almost makes you think that the rest of the team is not really needed. I understand the need to do this, especially in the first episode, so we understood just why Wallace wanted Hayes for the job, why she is so brilliant. But now I think it’s time they let the rest of the team shine, instead of just keeping them in their comfortable roles each episode while revealing slivers about their lives.

Finally, there are the Hayes and Wallace scenes. Soooooo it seems like they have a history, all that sexual tension does not come from nowhere. They keep mentioning Chicago, so it has to be important, but we don’t know exactly what happened there except that it seems as if Hayes left or ended things because she apologizes about it before they have a hectic makeout session which gets interrupted when the press broadcasts the leaked video tape that shows Wallace offering Hayes a free pass on her cocaine possession charge in exchange for her becoming the head of CIU. Who leaked it? That’s the big question.

Conviction is clearly still finding it’s feet, but with a rough start especially ratings wise I fear it might not recover. Although I do see it improving week by week with the choices of cases and the character development, let’s just hope that it starts gaining traction before the cancellation truck starts riding.

Last minute questions:

  • Was it Sam that leaked the video to the press? If so, what was the trigger?
  • Who do you think will be the relationship in the team? My money’s on Tess and Sam.
  • Where was Daniel Franzese this episode?
  • Will Hayes ever be outsmarted by another member of the team?
  • WTF happened in Chicago though?

Conviction airs on ABC at 10 p.m. on Mondays

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