In the wake of current social issues such as Donald Trump's executive order on immigration, the subject of race relations has become more relevant than ever. Stemming from the #Black Lives Matter movement, which found its origin in the startling trend of white police officers shooting and killing black men in 2015, the problem never really faded.
It could have been too easy to shove an agenda down the throats of the public like many crime dramas tend to do these days, but Mike Gerbino's "#Dark Justice" took a decidedly different approach.
He took the acting talents of Che Holloway and Tim O'Connor and made a satirical internet series poking fun at the problem. The first season has been on Funny or Die for months now, and the second season is about to hit.
The second season of 'Dark Justice' takes the original point and expands on it
The first season tackled mostly the reason why Black Lives Matter exists, with white people often abusing their rights and demeaning members of the African-American community. Now as the internet rages on after the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, more issues have come to the forefront. It isn't just about white vs. black anymore.
Mike Gerbino's comedy series reflects this while keeping the original point of black oppression. Few cultures can claim to have been held down and abused as much as the black community (having been enslaved and held down for four centuries), and many of them today still feel the sting of it, even if it tends to be hidden a bit more.
Che Holloway and Tim O'Connor tackle the irony of social politics today
For most of the upcoming second season, which runs an average of about five minutes per episode, the show holds a magnifying glass to how Caucasians tend to be either overly friendly to mask an underlying racism, or ironically blind to it.
That irony shows as early as the first episode, when a woman walking her dog sees a black man wearing a shirt protesting police brutality. She makes a point of saying how disrespectful it is to her, and she defends police as being there to "protect you," just before her point is undermined.
People in today's social climate seem to consistently protest things for reasons they don't even understand, and the series pokes fun at them throughout. Instead of just black people being targeted, this time it's black police, a role which Che Holloway portrays as a straight talker most of the time. His observations are often undermined by the actions of his white partner, Officer Stanton, his boss "LT," and others who think they "get it" and obviously don't.
"Dark Justice" continues its satire on the day's hard social issues in a way that doesn't beat you over the head as much as it simply makes you laugh. DarkJusticeShow.com #Dark Justice season 2 review