‘Burden of Truth’ is a Canadian legal drama television series created by Brad Simpson. The series airs on CBC and first premiered on January 10, 2018. The show airs in on The CW in the US and first premiered here on July 25, 2018.
The show is centered around Joanna Hanley, a corporate attorney, who returns to her small hometown in Millwood to represent a large pharmaceutical company in a case against a group of sick girls. However, she soon realizes that these girls are the ones who need her help. This is where the case begins to unfurl and secrets rise to the surface as Joanna is forced to face the truth, not just about the kind of lawyer she is, but also about the kind of person she is.
Legal dramas have always been a point of interest in the entertainment industry and there have been several films and television shows that are centered around courtroom antics, and legal cases that go on to unravel huge conspiracies. Some of the finer legal dramas include the likes of ‘The Firm’, ‘A Few Good Men‘, when it comes to movies, and ‘Boston Legal‘ and ‘Suits‘ when it comes to television shows. While ‘Burden of Truth’ is not exactly up there with the best, it is pretty intriguing in its own way and definitely has all the makings of a fine legal drama, including the high powered attorney who has a change of heart, a small town setting, a bigger conspiracy at play and some innocent victims who need defending. Naturally, the show has drawn quite a large number of fans and critics too have praised it generously.
Burden of Truth Cast: Who is in it?
The main cast of the ‘Burden of the Truth’ series includes Kristin Kreuk of ‘Smallville‘ and ‘Beauty & the Beast’ fame as Joanna Hanley. She is a high profile lawyer who discovers a terrible conspiracy when she returns to her hometown to defend a large pharmaceutical company. By the end of the initial season, she changes her surname to her mother’s maiden name, Chang, as a result of her estranged relationship with her father. Star Slade appears as Luna Spence, Joanna’s assistant.
Peter Mooney is seen as Billy Crawford, a lawyer who represents the sick girls and later helps Joanna uncover the conspiracy at the bottom of the case. Nicola Correia-Damude appears as Diane Evans, an old friend of Joanne’s, while Varun Saranga is seen as Noah, who is Joanna’s client in the sophomore season. Alex Carter is seen in the role of David Hanley, Joanna’s father. There are several other main and recurring characters over the seasons, who show how intricate the cases are, that Joanna takes on, and serves to provide the angles of the people involved on both sides of the case.
In the upcoming season, Kreuk is definitely going to return and Alex might be returning too, trying to mend his relationship with his daughter. Other characters will definitely be different if Joanna takes on a new case.
Burden of Truth Plot: What is it about?
The main story of ‘Burden of Truth’ follows a corporate attorney called Joanna Hanley. She returns to her hometown of Millwood and decides to work for a pharmaceutical company. She works against a group of sick teenage girls who are filing a complaint against the company. She later brings a hydrologist to her hometown to test the soil. She goes to the industrial sites with Billy Narrow without the permission of the mayor. Later, she finds out that the soil and the groundwater are toxic. They also discover barrels of sludge buried in there which has made the soil hazardous and also finds out that Ben Matheson, a local steel mill owner is responsible for the barrels. Her dad steps in to stop her and persuades her that Ben will clean the land. She resigns from her father’s company and files a case against the mill.
Later, the mill owner plans to hire her father’s law company and to destroy her. She takes the help of a neuropsychologist to prove that those teenage girls were poisoned, but the doctor declares that it is just all in their head and falsely states that the girls are suffering from Conversion Disorder. Later, Billy and Joanna expose the doctor who falsely claimed that the girls were suffering from Conversion Disorder. He was using the teenager’s testimony for research purpose for his new book. Joanna gets on the track again to sue people behind the production of toxic waste.
With the help of Billy, Joanna uncovers the toxins are dumped into the farmland near the school. They gather all the proof, but this turns into a tough fight for them. Her father worsens the matter by disqualifying her due to some conflict. Later on, one of the girls gets diagnosed with cancer. She threatens her father to expose him and blackmails by showing him the proof. Eventually, she manages to get justice for those who have been wronged.
The following season sees her in a top law firm in Winnipeg. However, when a new client draws Joanna into the shadowy world of hackers and activists, and a political movement that is not in the habit of taking prisoners, she soon finds herself as a target of a killer. When her estranged father tries to assist her, things come to a head and lead to an event that changes their lives forever.
The Hollywood Reporter sums up the show well, saying, “With its roots pointing to CBC and not The CW, Burden of Truth earns some points for simply owning its Canadian identity and not masquerading as something generically North American. From the star athlete being recruited by McGill to the casual references to Winnipeg to a First Nations subplot that may actually be the show’s most distinctive element, I preferred this geographic candor to The CW’s normal “Vancouver can be anywhere” ethos. The Manitoba locations are nicely shot, and Millwood is a fine mixture of blue-collar authenticity — finding poisoning culprits is tough in a town with a rubber plant, steel mill and tire factory — and photogenic waves of grain.”
Hopefully, in the upcoming season, the show will continue in a similar manner and we will get to see Joanna take on all new cases.
Burden of Truth Season 3 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Burden of Truth’ Season 2 premiered on January 9, 2019 on CBC, whereas it premiered on June 2, 2019 on The CW. The good news for the fans that the show has already been renewed for a third season. While no official release date has been set, it is likely that ‘Burden of Truth’ Season 3 will air sometime in January 2020. However, do stay tuned for an official update on the release date.
Burden of Truth Trailer:
Check out the Season 2 trailer below. If you have not seen the show and enjoy legal thrillers, you will like this series.
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