Real question: Is there even going to be a trial in this thing?
It's a mini-series of 8 episodes. There will not be a second season. Vague future spoilers: Looking at the description of next week's episode, the trial may not begin until Episode 7, if it happens at all. So let's take a look at what might transpire in Episode 5:Stone takes on a commission and rescues a detainee on death row. Naz is pulled further into Freddy's sphere of influence at Rikers. Box reconstructs Naz's whereabouts the night of the murder, while Helen maps out a prosecution strategy.
I'm not sure people signed up for this. A "miniseries event" about... prison life and lawyer drama? It's a shame, the premiere felt so fresh. The show spends too much time on anything and everything except "the night of."
The backlash has already begun. Episodes 2, 3, and 4 could have been combined into a single hour, easily. The prison scenes are unbearably dull. Holding a storyline in stasis does not give it more meaning. Listen, if I were a hardcore fan of procedurals, maybe this would be working for me. But it feels like they're running out of time, and they haven't really found anything interesting to talk about yet.
Also, eczema is the most overwrought metaphor of the year. Just cut all of it out. This
is actually what Steven Zaillian said about it:
"It gradually became a kind of symbol, it developed in a very natural way, it spoke to who this character was. We did a lot of research on it, too, and it became more and more interesting."
I just rolled my eyes so hard that I'll have to take corticosteroids now.