Monday, May 9, 2022

Take Three: The Staircase

The Staircase: Season 1, Episode 3 “Voids Part. I” (B+)

I try to look up as little as I can about a real-life case like this when it’s the subject of a show and I don’t know much or anything about it, and that helps to lead to sensational drama like the shocking moment where David came to Michael to question how it was possible that he found another woman at the bottom of the stairs. That he neglected to mention it is suspicious enough in itself, but that it happened twice seems undeniable as a red flag that should at least make him an inattentive husband who needs to take care better care of his home fixtures to ensure the safety of his family. The many stepchildren and stepchildren continue to be a fascinating part of this story, with Margaret and Martha having to ask “which mom” when David was asking them questions. Having their birth mother’s body exhumed is a big step, but it’s clearly coming from a particular angle given that Michael was in the room when they were writing the official request. The star witness of the prosecution being dropped was understandable cause for celebration on Michael’s part, though it’s lamentable that it was only because he would cause too much collateral damage given the other affairs he had had with powerful men. Michael’s belief that he never had affairs because it wasn’t dinner but sex shows that he doesn’t care about playing by the rules, and the flashbacks to his intimate moment in the kitchen with Kathleen and his domination of her massage were equally captivating and confusing. That final elevator confrontation was intense, and I’m eager to see what comes next as the trial gets underway.

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