‘Murder in the First’ season 3, episode 3 review: Case far-from-closed

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The third season of “Murder in the First” has several interesting things going on at present, and we know that some of them will be polarizing to fans.

For example, what’s with course-correcting so many stories so quickly? Take, for example, Hildy not having cancer one week after she thought that she did. These sort of things do happen, so we have to admit that this reveal wasn’t that frustrating to us, even if it was to others. It did create enough of a narrative engine to get us to the point where he and Hildy got together, and we absolutely were not upset over that.

The reveal this time around is that, as it turns out, Terry was telling the truth about the suspect having a gun. It was just found away from the scene. We don’t necessarily perceive this as the show walking back its police-brutality storyline from the last episode, or ceasing a public uproar. There will always be some out there who doubt the legitimacy of his name being cleared, and also those who proclaim that there could have been a way to arrest him without such deadly force.

The possible shooter of Normandy Parker in Billy James was still out there, as he wasn’t the man Terry shot as first thought. However, this episode didn’t exactly give us any answers.

Admittedly, the Normandy case for now is far and away the strongest storyline the show is giving us, and we wish that we were getting a little bit more time with the focus on that and a little less time discussing Siletti, him pleading to his family, or him not paying his attorney on time. There are some interesting moments here and there with the character, but he’s just so loathsome that he pales in comparison to what is going on elsewhere in what remains a fascinating, often-dark drama. There are big twists that almost feel like course-correction, but we do think they play a role in events to come. Grade: B.

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