‘Murder in the First’ season 3, episode 9 review: Setting the stage

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We are starting to inch near the end of “Murder in the First” season 3, and as a result of that, we’re feeling at least partially satisfied that some of these stories are starting to wrap up. Yet, are they doing so in the way in which everyone wanted?

For a prime example of that, you just have to look at the moment at where we are with Siletti. Is him going into a private practice and Melissa resigning really the ending that so many wanted? Well, we’re personally holding out hope that this is not really an ending given where we are in the show right now with an episode still to go. Given he is such a core part of the series (albeit one rather isolated at times this season), you want to find ways to continue to link him to the rest of the cast.

Nonetheless, we have found some of the scenes with this character the past couple of weeks to be rather excellent, mostly because there’s nothing we enjoy more than a good courtroom brawl.

Meanwhile, the Normandy Parker case continues to press onward as we start to get ever closer to the coveted answers that so many of us have been seeking. Alicia Barnes was brought back into the picture courtesy of a phone, but we’re reserving judgment on this until we get the big reveal. To us (and we say this with many long-form mystery shows), it’s not about who did the crime so much as how it was done, and whether or not it is something that makes sense.

In the end, we do feel like “Murder in the First” is in the midst of the strongest part of its season, and other than the whole Hildy’s-daughter-gets-arrested subplot (this felt wedged in for the purposes of addressing the Terry / Hildy relationship), we’re close to firing on all cylinders. Grade: B.

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