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Fox's 'Shots Fired' lumbers through its big issues but is diverting as a cop show

Fox's 'Shots Fired' lumbers through its big issues but is diverting as a cop show

Styled an “event series,” Fox’s “Shots Fired” seems to want to get to something big about Who We Are As a People — to engage, like ABC’s “American Crime” or FX’s “American Crime Story,” with big ideas about race and class and justice. (The credits feature an American flag whose stripes are made from yellow “police line” tape.)

In practice, it plays more like “True Detective,” Junior Grade, with Stephan James and Sanaa Lathan as a Department of Justice lawyer and his investigator sorting out their prickly relationship as they try to get to the truth of a police shooting in a small town in North Carolina. Gate Station is one of those microcosmic fictional hamlets where everyone seems...

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