"This time we will not leave stone without stirring," he says. Making a killerSteven Avery in Season 2 of the successful Netflix documentary series. He is talking about the post-conviction efforts of his lawyer, but it is also an apt description of the 10 new episodes, which will be released today. Filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos have spent the last three years chronicling the efforts of Avery and her nephew Brendan Dassey, who were convicted in 2007 of the rape and murder of Teresa Halbach, a 25-year-old photographer in Wisconsin. their names. The result is a meticulous, sometimes unbearable history of forensic science, politics, the family bond and human fallibility.
The new season of Assassin begins with a kind of recapitulation "previously", since the archival archive images track the documentary of an unexpected phenomenon ("Everything everyone is talking about!" says Matt Lauer in an unfortunate Today show the clip) to the predictable reaction, as critics, including former Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz, who prosecuted Avery and Dassey, lash out at the series for setting aside the key evidence discussed in the trial . Advance to 2016, when two very different legal teams work to prove that another person is responsible for Halbach's death. In the corner of Avery is Kathleen Zellner, a well-known lawyer in Illinois who has 19 convictions annulled in her name. Open and formidable, with a penchant for self-promotion and fashion jewelry, Zellner is a captivating, and certainly polarizing, figure. "This … is a case of serious, extreme, serious fiscal misconduct," she says, fixing her steel gaze on the camera.
Much of season 2 depends on Zellner's attempts to dismantle the state's case against Avery, which involves meticulously evaluating the evidence collected, or, as he claims, planted, at the 2005 crime scene. Assassin inspired thousands of fans who sought to expose alleged evidence of manipulation and corruption in the Manitowoc County Sheriff's Department, season 2 doubles CSIWokery of style, devoting a great amount of time to recreations sprinkled with blood, microscopic images of fragments of bullets, partial nanograms of DNA, etc. While everything is clearly essential to build Avery's appeal, test sequences sometimes border on the tedious. Still, Zellner can summarize even the most abstract discussion in a compact and compelling sound: "Once I discover a lie … I know there are a lot more lies."
The filmmakers balance the scientific minutiae of Avery's defense with Dassey's more human-minded narrative, the intellectually disabled young man whose case does not present forensic evidence. Laura Nirider, the lawyer who works to demonstrate Dassey's confession, which the 16-year-old offered shortly after four hours of laborious interrogation, without attorney or present tutor – was coerced. Under the fresh appearance of Nirider and his dimpled smile hides a fierce legal warrior; She is also the co-director of the Center for Unjust Convictions of Youth. While Zellner faces every victory and setback with the same stone-faced determination, Nirider and his partner, Steve Drizin, can not hide their joy or anguish as Dassey's case moves through federal court. This head-to-heart contrast between the lawyers is surprising and unexpectedly moving, even when the legal battles stagnate in the legality of Esoterica. (Be prepared to hear a lot about Brady's violations, Denny's tests and banc reviews.)
Assassin he has clearly learned some lessons from season 1, and the new episodes try to anticipate the sources of possible violent reactions and stop them preventively. A great deal of time is devoted to the evidence that critics criticized the series for ignoring it in season 1, such as the so-called Avery sweat DNA, which was found in the closing hood of Halbach's car. Episode 3 highlights criticism of Zellner, whose prolific use of Twitter has been called "Trump-like" by former Wisconsin prosecutor Michael Griesbach. One of the friends of the University of Halbach points out: "If this were not a case of high profile, I doubt very much that I am working on it". (As in season 1, Halbach's family decided not to participate in the documentary).
Making a killerOf course, it was critical to launch Halbach's assassination of a regional history to a national obsession, but nowhere in the 10 episodes do the filmmakers directly address the potential harm that this attention could be causing to the efforts of Avery and Dassey to clean up their names. Throughout the season, we see that the Wisconsin attorney general's office is striving more and more to block the release of Dassey in bonuses, and it seems likely that the state is fighting so hard precisely because so many people around the world are watching . Zellner is characteristically blunt in his assessment: "Now he's on a world stage, and they're scared, so what are they doing? They just cling to this absolutely unlikely story that was cooked a long time ago." Ricciardi and Demos, or his project , anyway, they are now an undeniable part of Steven Avery's story, and the fact that documentary filmmakers do not explore or recognize His role is the first false step of this season.
Yes or no Assassin helps Avery and Dassey or seals their fate, remains a vital reminder of the need for transparency in the criminal justice system. But the series never loses sight of the many human tragedies at the center of this ongoing legal saga: The murder of a young beloved, Teresa Halbach. The quiet suffering of the elderly parents of Avery, Dolores and Allan, who fear never to see their son and grandson outside the prison visiting room. Season 2 culminates in an explosive discussion between Steven and his sister, Barb, Brendan's mother, who is enraged by Zellner's scrutiny of her husband and older son, Bobby. "This must stop now," Barb pleads, his voice heavy with years of anger, frustration and despair. No matter which side you believe in, that is surely a feeling that we can all agree with. Grade: B +