a review by La Kifo
No one was a bigger fan of noir limited TV series The Night Of, the show was a decrescendo of intrigue and substance. The final episodes left us with little other than wondering what the fuck happened to the blood pressure educing drama.
I was in the shower not too long ago, soaping myself down when that reminded me about Nasir Khan. How is that possible, soaping oneself clean can not possibly be relatable to a middle eastern college student implicated in a murder. Oh but it, oh but how it is.
The thing with the show is, it draws you very successfully in that first episode. Everything about the inaugural hour was awesome. The suspense is tighter than Peyton Mannings neck, and the 1,000 people who know about his extensive use of the Human Growth Hormone (HGH). Even as the show progressed and we learned that this Khan kid is not all that we thought he was. There was even a shedding of light upon the reality that most people in this world are never 100% innocent.
So when I say The Night Of fucked us, it's not because the show was hyped but actually sucked. It's because the series was fucking cash money up until that final episode.
I don't know, where it went wrong because the signs of a slowed pace were evident awhile before the final episode. The elephant sized problem I had, what was this series about? Was it about the trial in which an innocent man was a few jury selection away from being wrongly incarcerated? Was it about an average college student who is a first generation immigrant that his entire life facing the stigmatization of being evil due to his heritage and religion? Is it about a crazy Saul Goodman type lawyer who has an awful skin infection and his battle for recognition, professional, and personal success? Or is it about incompetence, incompetence on a grand scale?
This show got lost somewhere. The perspective and focus is never fully set on one thing, (you could say other than the overarching conflict which is the trial). When the dust clears and resolutions comes, we have no clue what is happening. The trial ends, the prosecution rests, Nasir hates his mom, the infection guy goes back to his exact pre-murder life. Am I just supposed to accept the blank screen in front of me? Am I just supposed to forget that there is a murderer on the loose in the largest city of this country? What about the fact that someone was brutally murdered, and that someone just so happens to be a sexy 20 something year women? Am I supposed to forget that? Am I supposed to forget that she died before we could see some on screen tits?
Well I can't. I know that this was based in reality, these events actually occurred but that doesn't mean you can't embellish, y'know add a few details, round off the story. Instead of just having the lisp toting lawyer spit the phrase, "Let's go get em" all over detective Box.
Overall I have to give it 3.5/5, the final episode really killed me and I had to take off serious pointage for that.
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