As we approach the end of “Murder in the First” season 3, we anticipate that all of the major stories will be coming to a head — as a matter of fact, they’re well on their way based on what we saw Sunday night.
Let’s begin with the confession heard ’round the world that Hildy loves Terry! We know that the feeling is mutual, but hearing it said from one person to another is something different. We’d like to think that maybe this could be a catalyst for some movement, though it is fairly hard to figure out precisely what said movement could be given that both of them are perfectly skilled for their current job, and it’s hard to imagine the series without one of them there. Terry’s had some deep conversations as he’s entered therapy on the subject, but we wouldn’t say that there is anything in terms of a firm answer as of yet.
As for the main case the two are investigating in Normandy Parker’s death, it is certainly taking a turn for the creepy when it comes to Alicia and her father’s inappropriate relationship. While jealousy would be a rather simple motive for a death that has proven to be exceptionally complicated, isn’t the simple solution at the same time often the right one? Personally, we have no problem if the conclusion of the case ends up being far more obvious than anyone thought, especially if it is something like this that is so far beyond what anyone in the department would consider.
Meanwhile, Siletti’s trial is the big mess at the center of everything, and now officially the weak point in the season. If this whole thing ends because of a photo Siletti has of Danson, why didn’t he show this earlier and save everyone the time? It just feels too convenient, and too much like nothing was really learned if a racy photo leads to a mistrial. Hopefully, we’re going in a deeper direction than this.
Issues with the trial aside, we would still say that we’re engrossed in the story and that Terry / Hildy remain one of the most fascinating prospective couples out there. Here’s to hoping for some firm answers this season. Grade: B.
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