Murder in the First s1 ep 10

As if to make up for the measured pace of the first nine episodes of the season, the finale shifts gear and goes charging through huge amounts of plot in thirty minutes or so: Terry and Hildy, trying to find out who killed Neyers, will suspect Blunt, Salter, Harbach, Mrs Harbach, Wilkerson, Navarro, and a dude called Howard Toomey, before finally working it out. At least this time they have the support of Koto, who seems to have developed a pair after last week: “We don’t work for Perez. This is my call”.

Which, once the mystery has been solved, brings us to what looks like the inevitable endpoint: Terry and Hildy go for a walk in Golden Gate Park, chug some beers, brush up against each other… But just as Terry mentions “love”, and they look at each other soulfully, a phone rings and the moment is interrupted. I’ve asked this before of other shows, but isn’t anyone thinking of me? Just because there’s been a suicide, that’s no reason for a ship to capsize.

But that’s where we end the first season, and if you’ve been counting you’ll have seen something of a difference of opinion on Unpopcult about this show. For what it’s worth, though, I thought Murder in the First was very good indeed. On one level was it was endearingly old-fashioned – one investigation, two cops, a bit of will-they-won’t-they – although that might have been because Steven Bochco was at the wheel. But it was refreshing to watch a new show which didn’t want to be the most important thing in the history of Western culture, but stuck to the basic premise of a good story told well. I’m delighted it has been renewed, and that it seems we in the UK might get season 2 as early as May. And if anyone’s wondering whether to give this season a go, I’d recommend it.

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2 thoughts on “Murder in the First s1 ep 10

  1. CJ Cregg March 26, 2015 / 8:39 pm

    It really was as if the writing team suddenly realised “OMG! We only have one episode to go, not the three we originally thought – we need to wrap this up and pronto!”

    Which kind of made a mockery of everything that had gone before. I mean, this was fine, but yes charging through 7 suspects in one ep just to get right back where we started and get a confession and everything tied up all right and tight as easily as all that….. Okay….

    But in fairness, I never liked the show as much as you, Jed. as you’ve pointed out. Or cared that much about the characters. I thought Terry’s sudden mention of “love” and Hildy’s suddenly stricken “me, could you mean ME?” face were both pretty clunky. I just don’t see it with these two. My favourite characters ended up being the Nosh and Warren Daniels. And that random Narcotics pal of Terry’s – he was mildly funny. So I don’t know if I’ll bother with s2. Depends how much we have to watch when it comes around.

  2. Jed Bartlet March 26, 2015 / 10:27 pm

    Warren Daniels was a great character. I loved that conversation with him near the end when he was asked to represent Erich again.

    I’ll definitely watch season 2. Not sure if I’ll review, but certain to watch.

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