The first episode of USA Network’s Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. starts out with a bang – but perhaps not the bang you’d expect. The pilot episode titled “Wherever It Leads” opens with the mysterious road rage murder of Kevin Gaines; a known Death Row affiliate and recognized Suge Knight cohort.
This particular murder took place on March 18th, 1997, precisely nine days after Biggie was slain in Los Angeles. The case itself gets presumably solved by detective Russell Poole (Jimmi Simpson) of the LAPD who is then rewarded with handling the ultimate investigation; Biggie’s on-going and seemingly neglected unsolved murder case.
The first half of the episode frequently jumps back and forth between a few periods in time, establishing a digestible timeline. Scenes cut between Biggie’s 1996 West coast Life After Death promo tour where both he and Tupac were alive, spitting freestyles together and smoking on chronic, to Biggie’s death investigation in 1997, to 2006 when the unsolved case got reopened due to a 400 million-dollar lawsuit by Voletta Wallace and assigned to detective Greg Kading (Josh Duhamel). The most fascinating developments and dialogue take place in 1996 as viewers start to see how intertwined and amicable the relationship was between Biggie (Wavvy Jonez) and Tupac (Marcc Rose).