Amazon.com does more than simply sell everything.They noticed what Netflix has done, and joined in to not only distribute films and TV shows via their streaming service, but they also create their own content in the form of TV shows that they’ve labeled Amazon Original Series. Among the five new pilots now available to see, today I watched Hand of God which starred Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy) and Dana Delaney (Body of Proof and Desperate Housewives).
From the Amazon site for this pilot we get this description: A psychological drama about a morally corrupt judge who suffers a breakdown and believes God is compelling him onto a path of vigilante justice.
Actually, I have no gripes about that as a description. Ron Perlman, who just wrapped the still unseen final season of Sons of Anarchy, plays a criminal court judge named Pernell Harris. Dana Delaney is his wife Crystal Harris. When we meet Judge Harris he is naked in the fountain in the town square of the fictional town named San Vicente, CA. He’s chanting in what can only be called ‘tongues’.
Judge Harris thinks he is undergoing a baptism, and on or off the record, he calls himself ‘born again’. From our perspective, the Judge looks like he’s run off the tracks. But there’s a reason. His family has had a very recent and very dark event befall them. Judge Harris’s daughter-in-law had recently been repeatedly raped right in front of her husband, the Judge’s son. The son, in despair, attempted to take his own life, but he survived his own gunshot into his head, and now lies comatose in a hospital.
Somehow the Judge thinks he is being spoken to by God through his comatose son. He hears the voice of God, and has hallucinations in which he is told to follow the trail of blood, which he sees but no one else does.
So the judge is against turning off the machines which keep his son alive, and arrives at the hospital with a last-minute court order to prevent the hospital from following the instructions by next of kin the wife.
And there’s Part One of your set up.
Perlman is corrupt up to his eyeballs, and we see him in a lengthy hot and heavy session with a high-end call girl who services him right in his judicial chambers at $1500 per ‘date’. He says he can’t do this any more but it remains to be seen if this ‘vow’ holds up. There’s also a bit of shady business with an equally corrupt mayor,. Let’s not leave out a former soap opera TV star who is now an evangelical minister,
and there’s a violent criminal (Garret Diiahunt) who the judge lets off based on a ‘born again’ defense for the sole purpose of using this thug to do the ‘wet-work’ the judge needs in his chosen path of vigilante justice and revenge.
And that is Part Two of the set up.