Thursday, October 9, 2014

How to Get Away with Murder (ABC): Episode 3

3. Smile, or Go to Jail
The group attends the bonfire and takes photos, making it their alibi before dealing with the body. Before they leave, Michaela finds out that her engagement ring is missing. Flashback to two months earlier, she introduces her fiancé to everyone, and is surprised to find out that he was with Connor at boarding school. Connor drops hints that the two of them hooked up back then. The law firm takes the case of a woman charged with felony murder, but she ends up escaping with the mastermind who is her lover. The school asks Annalise to represent Griffin O’Reilly (Lenny Pratt) in court, who pins the blame of Lila Stangard’s murder on Rebecca. Wes pretends to be a lawyer to talk to her, but she is dismissive of her help. He manages to convince Annalise to represent her instead, appealing to her moral compass saying that she is a helpless pawn in this situation in need of their assistance. Annalise enlists the help of Nate to find out if her husband is involved in the murder. He discovers that he has no alibi, but tells Annalise otherwise.

Can I just say that I love the way they frame certain scenes where the ensemble appears together in one frame? It’s damn perfect for screengrabs! The episode is still exciting, but I’ve noticed that they use the same formula every week, which is perhaps justified because this is a TV show after all. As such, everything will feel episodic by default. I just hope that the trick does not get old. Maybe it won’t given the variety of cases that they deal with every week. This episode focuses a bit on Michaela, which is good because we already know a bit about Connor and Wes. Hopefully, Laurel’s backstory will be presented next. All we know for now is that she has something going on with Frank and nothing more. What about the other guy in the group? There are five of them. That one with the rich daddy? He’s not in the murder foursome, and I find him really annoying. I hope he dies soon. Maybe they can murder him in one of the coming episodes and get away with it, no? I just feel like he contributes nothing much to the flow of the story.

“Choose your husband carefully, Miss Pratt. You only have yourself to blame if it ends badly.” –Annalise Keating

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