I will admit that I was hesitant to watch this show because I was not interested in another downtrodden, violence-filled take on The Chi. However, the storytelling was great and the characters were engaging. Coogie, while smart and loving, was a kid living on the edge. He was not a dopeboy but he stayed around them, even when he could of been in a different area. When he put that chain on, I literally said, he is wearing a dead man's chain. Despite the environment he was from, he still did not understand the gravity of involving himself in that murder. His dying and his brother's speech at the funeral really got me. It will be interesting to learn the backstories of the guy who killed him and his older brother.
As a day 1 Wire fan, it was nice seeing Sonja Sohn in a different role. Also, Alex Hibbert from Moonlight, Jacob Lattimore and Jason Mitchell from Straight Outta Compton are young talents that I am glad to see again. And the young ladies, who I am seeing for the first time, seem to be more young talent that I hope to get to know.
Overall, I really enjoyed the first episode. I have been a fan of Lena Waithe for many years, before ever really seeing her work. I am happy she has been able to tell this story set in her hometown. While I do not have Showtime, I will find a way to watch this show because I am already engrossed in the full story.