‘Murder in the First’ season 3, episode 1 review: Death and revelations

Murder in the First -We’re a little bit late in getting our review up for the “Murder in the First” season 3 premiere; go ahead and blame the crazy weekend of finales for that. We’ll be a little bit more up-to-date on these the remainder of the season.

With that said, we’re happy that we waited to give the show the proper time it deserved for the premiere, since this episode did give us a pretty incredible amount of material to comb over just in a single hour, with the biggest story being the shooting of pro athlete Normandy Parker right in the middle of his own birthday party. The eerie and unfortunate timing of events, given what we had recently with both Christina Grimmie and also with the nightclub tragedy in Orlando, certainly added unintentionally to the discomfort of these scenes, and it is coupled now with the pressure that Terry and Hildy are going to face to resolve this high-profile case.

One thing that this show does very well is establishing the role of the media and the city of San Francisco as a whole. They’re not just a throwaway part of this universe; their collective nature makes them living, breathing characters in their own right. This is a case that will continue to put pressure on these characters for some time.

As this was not enough, the show of course was going to add in another personal revelation for the Hildy character, and this is one that was far-from-welcome. Specifically, it was revealed that Hildy has been diagnosed with breast cancer, and was effectively told to prepare for the worst. It’s devastating, but we know she’s tough and could find a way to fight through this.

As a whole, we’re certainly confident that “Murder in the First” has created a strong foundation for the remainder of the season; from here, the question is mostly whether or not it can pay off the setup of the Normandy Parker case and give us a reason to be hopeful for Hildy. Time will tell. Episode Grade: B+.

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