Sunday, June 12, 2022

What I’m Watching: The Staircase (Penultimate Episode)

The Staircase: Season 1, Episode 7 “Seek and Ye Shall” (B+)

It’s definitely disconcerting to see someone else killed in a shockingly similar manner to Kathleen and to learn that the men responsible – both the victim and the apparent perpetrator – had been involved with Michael. That he didn’t remember one of them suggests that he was either so rampant in his hookups that he couldn’t keep track or that he shouldn’t be relied upon since he only tells the convenient parts of the truth. His desire to have a retrial, something which he says he needs rather than wants, is just going to make much more work for everyone, and the amount of time that has passed isn’t likely to be favorable to him. Sophie has been so set on proving his innocence but now she too is seeing problematic indicators that he might be responsible. The investigation into the corruption that exists within the DA’s office may tip things in Michael’s favor, even if it has nothing to do with his guilt or his innocence. Martha learning what Margaret already knew is yet another sign that Michael’s decisions are entirely self-serving, no matter how they affect other people. The brief appearance we saw with Kathleen was full of intensity, with her being told she wouldn’t get a year-end bonus and realizing just how dismal her prospects were. Michael responded in the worst way possible, telling her she used to be a good time, and she had an equally cruel comeback for him that he did deserve. Kathleen’s attic ascension was also formidable, and it all contributes to motive for why Michael would have wanted to kill her.

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