The Collective Bloggers love a good binge watch and so we present to you “Netflix and Chill”, a series in which our newest collected contributor, Ardeospina, binge watches a Netflix Original show, let’s us know her thoughts and whether or not we should put in the time. I am excited for this series of reviews, because I’ve been wanting to watch a bunch of these shows and films, but I like to get an opinion first, before committing. Below is Ardeospina’s SPOILER FREE review. Enjoy and let us know whether you plan to watch or, if you already have, your thoughts on the show’s bingeworthiness in the comments below.
Making A Murderer Review: What The Hell Did I Just Watch?
Making A Murderer is a documentary about Steven Avery, a Manitowoc, Wisconsin man falsely accused of rape and imprisoned for 18 years. DNA evidence exonerated him, and upon his release from prison in 2003, he filed a lawsuit against Manitowoc county. Two years after his release, and in the middle of depositions for his false imprisonment suit, Avery was arrested for the murder of 25-year-old Teresa Halbach. The documentary, filmed over ten years, follows Avery’s murder trial and its aftermath.
If you possibly can, go into this documentary with as little prior knowledge as possible, and try to keep an open mind. Making A Murderer is a cultural hot topic right now, and articles and interviews and theories are everywhere. Try to wait until after you’re done watching all 10 episodes to fall down the rabbit hole. Making up your own mind about the case presented is the best way to watch this show. It’s also important to be on the lookout for filmmaker bias, because even though this is presented as a documentary, it’s definitely not unbiased journalism.
It’s almost a shame that the documentary is so biased because I think it could have been even more impactful if it had focused less on Steven Avery’s guilt or innocence and had instead focused on the latent flaws in the criminal justice system. And boy, are there flaws. The criminal justice system in this country is brutally fallible, and it’s horrifying to see how easy it is for human ego to catastrophically distort due process.
And now, question time:
Should I Binge This?
YESSSSSSSS!!! You absolutely should binge this. 10/10 on the bingeability scale. In fact, you WILL binge this because you won’t be able to stop watching it. Just go ahead and call off work, or skip school, or have someone else watch the kids for a day and set aside 10 hours and start watching. There is one episode in the middle that drags a bit, but it’s an important episode, so caffeinate and make sure you pay attention. It’s also a good idea to watch with someone else so you can talk through your theories and ideas and share in the WTF moments together.
Will I Be Scared Something Like This Could Happen To Me?
Yep. You certainly will. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll wonder how many people are sitting in jail right now who are innocent. I’m guessing it’s a lot more than I’m comfortable with. You may even think about the struggles minorities face within the criminal justice system. Even though this series raises serious questions about police and lawyers, I don’t think all officers of the law are corrupt and mistreat people. Quite the contrary. I think most police officers and lawyers try to do their jobs to the best of their ability. The bad seeds just seem to have a much greater negative impact. My hope is that the popularity of this documentary will help usher in some positive changes to our criminal justice system.
Ardeospina is a stay-at-home mom with two young children, a new house, and a knitting obsession. She loves binge watching TV shows and collecting yarn and IKEA storage furniture. You can find her on Twitter @Ardeospina, and if she’s not there, you can leave a message at the beep.