When They See Us episode 4 ends out with an emotive jarring yet motivating ending for which you’ll most certainly need more than one tissue box.
When They See Us has been a complicated series to get through because it’s not fictional, it happened. What we see on screen is a breathtaking reenactment, but it’s also a reality that these five faced. To no crime of their own, they were thrown behind prisons and could not do anything about it. Can you imagine being in jail as a teenager for a crime you didn’t do?
The third episode didn’t expend much time on Korey, but the When They See Us episode 4 of the limited series does, and it’s very, very difficult to watch. This is because he was separated from the other four and sent to Rikers Island to live out his sentence. But the most upsetting part of his story is learning how he went from one prison to another in pursuit of being closer to his mom. He didn’t want to make her spend money and go out of her way to see him every time, but it was just something they never quite got through.
When They See Us episode 4 starts with the trial of Korey. He looks very scared, confused, and lost. Once inside, Korey talks to an inmate. The inmate tells him that he can ask to be transferred. But before going back to his cell, two other inmates cornered him and beat him up.
Korey then has an emotional visit with his Mum, where he asks to see her and his brother more. But his mother explains that it is tough to come to see him. Korey’s time behind prison was probably the toughest of them all. Because he was always the target for someone to beat and punch on, it gets so bad that he ends up asking to be in solitary confinement so he can be kept safe and sound from all the people who are attempting to hurt him. He does make up a friendship with a sympathetic guard who cares for him and wants to protect him. However, he can. That’s the only comforting thing that happens but eventually they too separate at one point.
Two years later, he somehow manages to get transferred. The place is Attica, and from Harlem, Attica is three hundred fifty-two miles away. Because of his bad reputation, he ends up being tortured there too. He then again asks to be put in solitary.
From here we see him recalling the previous incidents and having visions of his brother. His brother name is Norman. Unluckily, he later finds out that his brother has been murdered where we flashback and learn that Norman did not want to be a boy. He wanted to be a girl. But their mother didn’t approve of it.
Later on, we see that Korey asks for transfer again. The result was bad. He ends up even further away from his Mum. Sadly, the same thing happens again, and this time, he is so severely harmed. He almost loses the capability of walking. After several appeals on his case, Korey loses. He carries on having visions again. This time he carries on having visions of his mother and his girlfriend.
Later on, He meets with another inmate he first saw in Attica named Matias Reyes. Matias Reyes tells him that hope is a good thing. And we all should have faith. We then see Matias Reyes confessing to Nancy Ryan to the attack of Patricia Meili. She then confronts one of the detectives that was on the jogger case. She is questioning him about all the inequalities in the case and the coercing of the five teenagers. Nonetheless, he denies all of them. She also meets with Fairstein. Fairstein also denies the innocence of the five and believes that Matias Reyes is the sixth criminal. Nancy shares her that Matias’s DNA was all over the victim.
The Central Park Five has a tough story. A story that no one can ever fathom or understand. Understanding the events that had to take place for them all to be exonerated was something DuVernay did beautifully. It started with the man who was responsible for the crime coming forward to confess, a man that Korey had been in jail with.
After 12 long years, Korey is finally free, and all over the country, the other four find out they are being discharged. They are also awarded forty-one million dollars in the settlement. A fine for the ordeal they went through. When They See Us episode 4 then ends, clearing where they all are now, and we see what the real Central Park Five look like.
As expected, the episode mainly emphasizes on the life of Korey life in jail. His story is undoubtedly one of the more miserable ones too given that, as well as not being guilty. He wasn’t even on the list of suspects. All he wanted to do is support his friend Yusef. The ending is quite sentimental as we see a very well shot montage of the actors followed by each of the real men, and we also see what they are doing with their lives. Forty-one million may look like a lot of money. Still, can we really put a price on their experience or time? These men will never get that time back in their lives as well as the ones of their families, which will be forever changed. This four-part mini-series has enough drama, emotional moments, and real-life facts to make this one worth watching and is a fierce reminder of the injustice rife in the Justice System. DuVernay ends the limited series by showing each of the actual Central Park Five in an artistic and beautiful manner, reminding us that this is a true story and what happened was very real. It wasn’t a made-up story, and it wasn’t fiction, it actually happened—and it can never be erased.