Bull Season 1 Episode 2 Review: The Woman in 8D

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The Trail Analysis Corp. team found out just how prevalent gender bias was on Bull Season 1 Episode 2.

Before this episode, I’d never heard that only 4% of pilots were female. That the percentage was so low surprised me, almost as much as the reaction of the jurors to a female pilot. 

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If someone told me that the pilot of that aircraft had been a military fighter pilot who had flown 139 missions and over 12,000 flight hours with an exemplary record, I’d like to think that unless there was overwhelming evidence that the fault of a crash was theirs, I’d give them the benefit of the doubt. 

I'm just the messenger, not the misogynist.


The mirror jury did just that, but only when they believed the pilot was a man. I find it strange that something as simple as gender could have people judging someone so differently. It’s disturbing, but unfortunately, not surprising. 

If Bull shows us nothing else, it’s that everything means something. From what we wear, to the words we use, to the way we present ourselves; we are always being judged. 

I enjoyed this installment of Bull much more than Bull Season 1 Episode 1. It’s still a bit of a work in progress, but there was a lot more to like on this episode. 

Marissa: The NTSB says that 80% of crashes are caused by pilot error.
Bull: It's not exactly a fair fight when the pilots usually aren't around to defend themselves.

We learned that Bull tends to take the side of the underdog. That as well as having obtained three Ph.D’s in psychology, he’s also a pilot. 

Oh, and he hates lawyers.

Well, perhaps not all lawyers. He likes Benny, and so do I. I liked the fact that Benny was once a prosecutor and look forward to finding out why he was fired. 

All of the characters here are still nothing more than outlines, but I’m looking forward to filling in the blanks as the series continues.

I love that Chunk was a football player that ended up at Vogue and is now their style consultant. 

It feels like there’s a lot more story to tell about Marissa and how she got involved with this organization, and Bull.

Danny and Cable are still blank canvases. 

However, one of the things I’m still not enjoying is when the jury turns to the camera and speaks directly to Dr. Bull. I know we’re supposed to be seeing them through Bull’s eyes - that he can read people - but it doesn’t work for me. I think I’d prefer hearing the team interview the mirror jurors instead. 

Back to the story of Capt. Matheson…

It's hard to imagine the girl being the hero of the story.


That Bull quote made me so sad. That even in this day and age, some people still find that difficult to comprehend. 

Dr. Bull told Taylor that wanting to take a settlement to avoid Ken’s affair from coming out was martyrdom, but was it wrong? She was trying to protect a friend’s family from the media fallout of his bad decisions. Perhaps that wasn’t much different from the instinct that had her breaking protocol to protect lives on the ground. 

Are you enjoying Bull? Are the mysteries of trial science enough to keep you coming back for more?

Check back in two weeks for my review of Bull Season 1 Episode 3, and if you can’t wait until then, you can watch Bull online here at TV Fanatic.

The Woman in 8D Review

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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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Bull Season 1 Episode 2 Quotes

Marissa: The NTSB says that 80% of crashes are caused by pilot error.
Bull: It's not exactly a fair fight when the pilots usually aren't around to defend themselves.

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