Making a Murderer is frightening, and it’s not even a horror series (watch here). At least, not in the conventional way: it frightens to display a highly deficient justice system in the largest democracy in the world. It is inevitable to think: if things like that happen in the United States which is considered a country of enormous social justice, how other countries with a much more flawed justice system would face this kind of thing?
These questions are hovering around the head of the second season of this brilliant original Netflix production, which brings back the story of an alleged murderer – whose evidence of the crime is quite weak, as demonstrated in the first season that streamed in 2015 and that won the headlines around the world in addition to Steven Avery’s plea for release, the man that was probably wronged by a judicial system full of loopholes.
Documentary filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos return to Avery and his potentially unfair arrestment, according to the evidence they collected during the production of the first season. This man was imprisoned for 18 years in a Wisconsin penitentiary and released after it was proven that he was not responsible. However, he was again charged with murder in 2007 in a fair trial without hard evidence. Also accused of this new crime was Avery’s nephew, Brendan Dassey.
To tell more about how this series ends is to give a gigantic spoiler, so we recommend you to stop what you’re doing and take the time to watch the ten sensational episodes of the second season of Making a Murderer. With each new chapter in this saga of real-life horror, we realize that, indeed, there is much to discuss about Avery and Dassey’s conviction, but there’s little interest from the Justice to ascertain this – and eventually acknowledge a mistake. In the same way, we are also introduced to the suffering of the victim’s family, who ultimately do not know if the people convicted of the crime are in fact the perpetrators or if the real culprits are still out there.
Making a Murderer gained a foothold in its first season because it was flawlessly performed by the documentary duo. They have won a number of awards for their work and have sparked a hitherto unprecedented discussion in the United States: could the country’s celebrated judicial system have made a series of mistakes to put an innocent behind bars? This new season complements the information shown in 2015 and adds a few more that were collected through the three years of research and follow-up of everybody involved.
Of course, the initial freshness and the excitement with the theme have passed. Still, Making a Murderer is capable of attracting the attention of the audience as it is the direct continuation of a real case without solution, which in itself already arouses the curiosity of the public. In addition, it is technically perfect, of undeniable quality, being one of the best series developed by the streaming platform to this date. Its second season just shapes that.
Synopsis 1: Evidence may have been planted. A suspect might have been stong-armed. Two men behind bars fight to save their lives.
Synopsis 2: Filmed over 13 years, this real-life thriller tollows the unprecedented story of two men accused of a grisly crime they may not have commited.
Age rating: 16