Making A Murderer is one of the most suspenseful shows that has ever been created. It’s tough to really put a name on it. It’s not exactly a crime show, however, it’s not really a drama either. So for the sake of it, let’s call is a suspense show. Netflix allows the viewer to be able to watch every episode without waiting week to week. I watched the whole show within a day and a half. Literally couldn’t keep my eyes off of it. So let’s start with the Episode 1, which in my opinion really bring into light the characters, the plot, and everything else in between, especially the whole idea of the show being a suspense.
Every episode starts with about a 1-2 minute look at what the episode will be about. It could be the beginning of the court case, looking at the evidence, or following around Steven’s family. The viewer has a fairly decent idea of where each episode is going to end up…..or so they think. Right before the credits, it usually has someone talking about how Steven either did or didn’t do the murder, and then one of the creepiest opening theme song & video I’ve personally ever seen.
The theme song builds as if it’s apart a Star Wars soundtrack. The violin screeching in the foreground makes the viewer think that something dangerous or scary is going to happen. That is why I think Netflix picked that type of a theme song, to really get the viewer out of their seat and be a little scared to start each episode.
Episode 1 really draws the viewer in wonderfully. I am pro Steven Avery so the second I saw him, I thought the guy was adorable. He has the most perfect Wisconsin accent and he’s the happiest guy in the world. He truly is brought in the second the show starts to be the hero.
The show is chronicled so smoothly as well. Every episode builds on top of one another. It follows along from 1985, all the way to present day. Granted there are a few flashback’s in later episodes but within Episode 1, it’s a straight line after the opening credits. They look at his court case in 1985, him being wrongfully imprisoned, Steven getting out of a jail, and then of course, they find Teresa dead on his property.
The conflict of the show kind of makes sense to start but in Episode 1, you have no idea what is going to happen. You start with learning about a wrongfully imprisoned man who just wants to be free. Throughout the first episode, Steven is happy. When he’s free, words can’t describe how much he was thankful. His character develops over the episode to purposely make each viewer have an attachment to him. Because again, who isn’t going to enjoy looking at this face.
You understand that Steven is in prison for 18 years for something he didn’t do. He then goes on to sue the county for $36 million dollars. Many interviews with reporters have him telling them that he doesn’t care how long it takes, “I can wait a little longer”. Obviously the police are upset about it because they are looked like fools. They made sure that Steven was in prison. Within the first episode, they show the 2003 re-trail of the case. The defense points out where the cops went wrong.
- Steven wasn’t near the crime at all
- The cops told to the women repeatedly that Steven was the man
- The drawn out sketch was a copy of Steven from a previous arrest, not women’s memory
- The sheriff put Steven in his own cell, no phone, no visitors, not even his lawyer could come see him
Each scene in the show plays off each other so beautifully. With the same creepy type of music within the first episode, the viewer keeps getting more drawn in and basically ask themselves, or at least I did, “how the hell does this happen?”.
The plot of the show is right there for the viewer to see. There is no real need to dive into certain problems within in the show because they lay everything out so nicely. They bring each expert, lawyer, government official to help every type of viewer understand what is happening from the most over the top explanation to the most simplistic.
The show also gives written information of the screen to let the viewer know, “Hey buddy, this right here is going to be really important to watch”. In my opinion, it’s a great way to keep the reader on their toes. They are expecting some long, boring, played out conversation, but the text is vague enough for the viewer to read and wonder what is going to happen next.
The sequence in between scenes is really done well. They bring in new topics with a slight delay of showing a black screen for probably no more than half a second. That half a second however makes the viewer focus on what is happening next. Episode 1, a great transition is when they have Steven free at home holding his niece, with calm smooth up-lifting music…..slight black screen….then loud *Bing* starts of the next scene and the phrase comes over “The revelation hit the sheriff’s department and DA’s office like a boom”. You see all these cop’s with pissed off looks walking around and driving. With Steven’s lawyer talking in the background, he gives a little foreshadowing of what is going to happen next.
They continue to talk about the uproar of what had happened. Every cop the day after was giving statements saying they have no knowledge of what happened during that case, and that even went as far as the DA’s office. The DA had asked his assistant what they had on Gregory Allen, who was the man then charged of the assault that Steven was accused for, however the Allen case from years earlier was in the Avery file, which made no sense.
After all of the talking about how the DA and the sheriff’s department messed up, Steven’s lawyer makes a great choice in foreshadowing saying “If you’re suing the sheriff’s department for this much money, you could get charged and blamed with murder”.
Then the black screen comes again. 4 Sherriff’s department cars come flying down the road and you hear a radio feed saying,
“Do we have a body or anything?”
“No I don’t believe so”.
“Well do we have Steven Avery in custody?”
WHAT A CLIFF HANGER! What a way to want to see what the hell happens next. If that doesn’t get the viewer to cancel all their plans throughout the day then I don’t know what will.
The closing credits are quick, the music is loud, and the good thing with Netflix is they barely care about the credits because they ask you right when they come on, “Want to watch the next episode?” And instantly your day is set with watching all 10 of these episodes trying to figure out what in the hell is going to happen.