Last night’s episode of Wisdom of the Crowd featured a Rashomon sequence. For anyone not familiar with the classic Akira Kurosawa film, or the Ryūnosuke Akutagawa short stories upon which it’s based, Rashomon presents the same story from four different perspectives, without ever revealing which is true. Wisdom of the Crowd added the interesting variable of using three versions of the same song to further differentiate its retellings, even if “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)” was a bit on the nose to soundtrack the party sequence under contention.
First, we heard the classic Beastie Boys original:
Then, we heard an acoustic version:
And finally, a rockabilly rave up version:
Of course, as a major network TV crime show, Wisdom of the Crowd resolved the question of whose story was true (none of the above; oops, spoiler!), but the show’s use of music to expose the personalities of the story’s different tellers was a nice touch.