Well, the trial is finally underway, and the show could care less.
Episode six of The Night Of made for an uneven hour of television. On the one hand, it offered some thrilling moments as yet more details emerged about the murder. But, on the other hand, both the show and many characters have lost their way a bit.
My hopes for a Stone and Chandra super team were quickly and continually dashed throughout this episode. Neither of them did their jobs very well and they especially sucked at teamwork.
The most glaring example? Remember last episode when the final 10 minutes were given to searching for a suspect named Dwayne Reed and it ended on something of a cliffhanger with Stone trapping or trapped in a dungeon-like building? Absolutely nothing of that was mentioned in this episode. Not only did Stone not follow up on that lead, but he didn’t share it with his partner. It was very frustrating to see such an interesting turn from last week go completely ignored.
Additionally, Chandra could have handled the mortician situation far better. It was very rewarding for me to see him return (as I’ve wondered about him numerous times over the past few weeks), but when she saw the video, she should have at least asked Stone or one of her associates for some back up.
Though last week saw the beginning of a united defense strategy, it seems both characters are now solely working in their separate lanes. While some of it might be simply character differences, a lot of it seems like sloppy writing.
That’s an incredibly short time to decide to get knuckle tattoos that say “SIN” and “BAD.”
After reading other reactions to last week’s episode, not everyone was as convinced by Naz’s turn toward the dark side as I was. Many felt like it was too much too soon. Naz’s actions this week had me agreeing with them.
I still believe the last episode showed him both trying to explore his new protection under Freddy and just maybe letting out a part of himself. But this week was more difficult to accept.
He currently seems to have no interest in getting out of prison, instead he fully dives into the part of a prisoner. Freddy tells Naz (as Calvin did a few episodes ago), “Im going to make a proper convict out of you yet,” and he doesn’t have to try very hard. Maybe Naz just wants an excuse to hit bottom? Maybe he has been backed into a corner? Maybe this is just who he is and is finally living his best life?
I can see all of this erupting from Naz, but maybe not so soon. We’re at a disadvantage because we have no sense of time. Has this been months or weeks? It seems like weeks and that’s an incredibly short time to decide to get knuckle tattoos that say “SIN” and “BAD.”
Where this episode went right is in the introduction of new suspects.
When we (FINALLY) get to meet the weird hearse guy, it is kind of a joy. He had a fantastic presence and certainly had the best lines of the episode.
Because I saw her for the destroyer that she was and I did not like that.” So good.
That dude is most probably a red herring, but I do wish Stone would have listened to Chandra about it more, instead of mansplaining how he’s better at “Nancy Drew work.”
And then you have the surprise suspicion cast on Andrea’s stepdad. It’s a good motive they can pin on him and I’m excited to see how that develops.
Sadly, I do not enjoy the actor’s work. He comes across as a cardboard cutout on valium and I’m a little bummed that this intriguing new turn rests on his slumping shoulders.
The show seemed to be really on its game in terms of finding clues, questioning leads and scouring for answers. But now that the runway has run out, the show seems to only be moderately interested in the trial. For example, though Stone talked about the importance of selecting a jury, that whole process was ignored.
In the midst of the actual trial proceedings, the show seems far more interested in giving more background information and more possible suspects. This would play as good drama, but there is no sense of urgency to Stone and Chandra’s creation of a viable defense. They act like they have all the time in the world, when they do not. The trial is happening.
Radom thoughts I had while watching:
Who the flying f*ck cleans their cat litter on the kitchen counter??? That’s so terrible, Stone. Get it together.
Speaking of Stone, I’m liking him less each week. Between the creepy Chandra handhold and his patronization, maybe eczema kept his ego in check?
“Young urban women. Well phrased.”
Love that the cardboard cutout on valium is a personal trainer.
Since they returned to the hearse guy, it makes me optimistic that all the questions I still have might get addressed. Like, why were Naz’s friends thanking him? What was the amphetamine he was on? Where is pharmacy mogul Dwayne Reed?
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