And we are back and better than ever. After last week’s horrible attempt let’s see if I can bring some more readers back with my cleaver wit and insights from a very close analysis stand point on, Making A Murderer.
Throughout the program, insights on what are happening are given in almost every scene. You have someone talking over a scene giving what they think is happening. Rarely, other than while in the court room, do you have people talking face to face about something. Rather, it is people talking over a piece and have images on the screen as they talk.
The values in the show are key and prominent. The main value that is shown all the time is the love of family. Steven Avery’s family, especially his parents, love him and care for him a lot. They were even willing to give up their salvage yard just so they could get him a good lawyer. Brendan Dassey, the dumb nephew of Steven, has a loving family as well. His mom even went out of her way to get him 2 cats, since they are his family animal, so when he gets out he could play with them.
When talking about moral lessons, for Steven, it will be if he is ever found not guilty that holding on to the truth goes a long way, kind of said in my own way from a John 8:32 proverb. For prosecutor Ken Kratz, he got taught the lesson of thinking that he is untouchable. After the trial had been over, Kratz was in a big pickle as he was caught sexting and harassing a young women.
The show is present to its time because in my personal opinion, granted it isn’t this giant national case like the Natalee Holloway, which incredibly happened in 2005 as well, but its a story that’s huge in itself. There is no bigger crime in this country than somone being blamed for murder. Most of the time, the person that killed them has their own life on the line. When you take a look at some of the biggest decisions at the time time during his case, its hard to question that this case isnt HUGE! Granted, this case is no O.J Simpson. You aren’t going to have people losing their minds over whether or not Steven Avery was going to go to prison or not, but it is by far one of the biggest murder cases to ever happen since I have been born (20 years and 51 weeks. Not saying my birthday is Sunday, April 10th, but a good grade on this might help 😉 ).
The emotional appeal of the show really bring people in a draw them to watch each episode. When it comes to, “real life drama”-Chris Underwood, nothing is more intense in life than an interrogation, a murder, and a verdict. Here is a good explaination of the First 48 on A&E from comedian Tom Segura.
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Murderer again is one of the things that really get people on edge because guess what? Someone just died. Then when you throw in a corrupted police department, a poor family, and a man that was already framed for a crime he didn’t do, you better believe that you are going on the emotional roller coaster that Netflix has in store for you.
Now, when it comes to power in the show, it’s without question the cops have all of it. Cops have the power in almost anything they do because they are the law. They basically have a free pass at life because the only other person that can truly go at a cop is another cop. Steven Avery has the least amount of power probably ever given in a TV show or court for that matter. He is a dumb hick, that has barely any money, and has a love life so crazy that he’s has 4 different girlfriends WHILE HE IS IN PRISON. The cops, his lawyers, hell even his own family knows he’s super vulnerable. So, when the opportunity to cover your own ass, you take the easy scapegoat and run with it.
With talking about power and how murder is huge in our society, do I believe that people will feel influenced by this show? Oh completely. I typed in, Making A Murderer Blog, and over 20 million sites pop upped.
Hell, even I’m influenced by this show enough to write about it! Netflix’s seems to target an audience around my age. They produce shows that seem to intrigue the 18-25 year old demographic because that’s where 1) the money is and 2) know that most college/just out of college students are just going to be online all the time. They even have a term called “Netflix and Chill” for a reason. Now with that rambling, I feel that someone down the road will be a lawyer and say that this show is the reason that they wanted to be in law. That someone will say that that they didn’t want to see another innocent man become a Steven Avery. Or you might even have someone go through a criminal justice program and want to be the best prosecutor ever because Kratz had such a hard time proving guilt.
And as I usually say, the creators of the show really try to show the hard times of what Steven has lived through. It’s not easy growing up in a small town where everyone knows each other and already have a prejudice from others as being the weird family.
When you look at Making A Murderer compared to other shows that involve law enforcement, it’s the norm. Usually, shows like Cops, Law and Order, CSI, First 48 and so on, they don’t care for the person in question. They already assume they are guilty no matter what. They can dance around it sure but the cops are looked as the goods guys in every episode. That logic is completely flipped in this.
It’s easy to look at the show and think that both people did something wrong. Which is true, I am not going to deny the fact that something happened on that Halloween night in 2005. However, the creators and producers of the show bring a light to the characters that isn’t common on there typical counter shows. Every scene for Steven is bright. Even in the court room. The light for him is always brighter than everyone else. He is not really a beacon of hope like most people that are the main character, probably far from it, but hes the lovable hero. Which is what you need. Something for people to cling on to. It doesn’t have to be big, but just a little bit of hope for this dumby.