Why Making a Murderer Is Totally Overhyped.

Hey, we all fell for it.
  1. There wasn't much else to binge watch over the holidays. It was brilliantly released to kill time lounging on your parents couch and eating leftovers. It was collective binge watching and it was spurred on by everyone's live-viewing Facebook posts.
  2. It was probably two episodes too long. There's nothing wrong with some concise editing. Also, each episode was released at once, so you don't really need to lead us on with cliffhangers and hints at what's to come.
  3. It was completely one-sided. I'm sure the prosecution must have had some sort of a case? It would have been more compelling to show how strong their case was, but instead their case against him just seemed like a mystery. Don't get me wrong. I don't think Steve Avery received a fair trial. That's the one thing that was made clear.
  4. It's possible Steve Avery did it. And we shouldn't shy away from that because it doesn't make the documentary a failed project. If anything, it's still a heavy indictment of our criminal justice system - this notion that our manner of incarceration does the opposite of rehabilitate. It solidifies criminally.
  5. Because I have tremendous respect for the art of documentary filmmaking. I see too many people who get a hold of an interesting news story and say "this would make a great documentary". But a really great documentarian can follow door to door bible salesman and make something that's more tragic than Arthur Miller & Flannery O'Connor combined.