By now, you’ve probably heard about it. Maybe you read about it when Mr. Project used it as one of his links a few weeks ago. But have you made the plunge yet? If you’re like me then you already crushed the 10 episodes of Making a Murderer on Netflix during the holiday week and are currently waiting for others to get their asses in gear just so you can discuss freely. Being on group texts with everyone at different episodes has become frustrating as hell, so selfishly I need you all to step up before I start spoiling shit for everyone. If you haven’t even started yet – what are you waiting for? If you don’t have Netflix then I don’t know if I can help you. Come over and use mine. Or I’ll give you my password dammit, take my iPad, just get it done. What more do you need besides my desperate plea? Fine – here’s 7 more reasons:
- If you loved The Jinx, then you will love this. This is the most obvious and recent comparison besides the Serial podcast. The Jinx gave us 6 episodes that some people demolished in one sitting, and then before we knew it – it was over. Well, let Making a Murderer fill that void. In my opinion this story is even crazier and more of a mind-F$%k. Long story short (without giving too much away) – it’s about Steve Avery, a Wisconsin man who was wrongfully imprisoned 18 years for a rape he didn’t commit and then finally gets out due to new DNA evidence only to be arrested shortly after for the murder of a woman named Teresa Halbach, which he may or may not have committed. It’s quite possible he’s at risk of being wrongfully convicted again and put to jail for the rest of his life for another crime he didn’t commit. Or is he in fact guilty? Did you get all that? Good.
- There’s enough corruption and conspiracy to make your brain want to explode. This small Wisconsin town of Manitowoc and it’s authorities are a seemingly shifty bunch. Nearly everyone looks like they are up to no good, but it’s hard to figure out exactly who the hell did what. The kicker here is that Steve Avery stood to possibly win a huge $36 million lawsuit against Manitowoc County, its former sherriff and its former district attorney for his wrongful 18-year conviction, and this possible motive coupled with an apparent strong dislike for Avery spirals into a shady shitshow of epic proportions. It’s truly shocking to see in real life how it’s possible for the seed of corruption within law enforcement and the courts to spread throughout the whole system and drastically alter so many people’s lives.
- It’s filled with some colorful characters. In The Jinx we had Robert Durst’s black devil eyes and the director Andrew Jarecki’s bad goatee. In Making a Murderer we have Steve Avery and his ever-changing hair. Avery himself is quite the small town misfit who talks simply and seemingly without a filter, but you will undoubtedly meet many more characters. You will most certainly feel sorry for Avery’s mother, but then you also won’t be able to get it out of your head how kind of strangely her face looks exactly like her son’s. Then there’s the rest of the Avery clan, the good guys/bad guys of local law enforcement, investigators who are downright evil, lawyers that don’t even seem real, stubborn crabby-ass judges, and not to mention the news reporters who seem to be in a movie within a movie. You would think these characters would be written or fictional – but I assure you they are real.
- This story has heart dammit. Yes it’s shocking and yes it’s scandalous. But there are a lot of victims in this story, namely Teresa Halbach, the girl who gets murdered. Then you have her family who is looking for answers (though you may grow not to like her brother’s personality very much). The Avery family is looking for redemption and just a chance to live their life in peace with whatever time they have left. Personally, I found the lawyers Dean Strang and Jerome Buting, who are defending the rights of Avery, to be the real heroes who steal the show and help to provide a glimmer of hope in this sordid tale.
- It will show you how the legal system really works in this country – and it might scare the ever-loving shit out of you. You’ll be seeing a lot of evidence and hearing testimonies and confessions, but you may be surprised how things actually play out in the courtroom. It will show the effect the media has on a trial like this, as well as the possible trouble of having your fate decided by a jury of “your peers.” The defense and prosecution each score their points in a ping pong type fashion along the way, with many potential game-changers. What will scare you is what matters and what doesn’t seem to matter.
- You will scream angrily at the TV probably every episode. I did.
- It’s the show that keeps on giving. This is crucial, since when it’s all over you will be wanting more. And there is more out there thanks to: you guessed it – our friend, the world wide web. I really like the Making a Murderer Reddit as a good home base for theories and what the future holds. There is speculation on there that phone records or emails will be released by the hacktivist group Anonymous that could change everything, but we’ve yet to see these. On Twitter you can see how celebrities are reacting to this madness, and come on – even Alec Baldwin says it’s one of the best documentaries he’s ever seen. The creators have also since stated that they are still collecting material and are still technically in production so who knows if we will see more out of them in the distant future. In the end, it’s hard not to think of all the victims in this case and wonder if justice will be served. Or – is what you thought all along completely wrong?
Now please – get to work on this. And don’t be afraid to comment and let me know your thoughts on the show.