The Night Of "The Art Of War" Review - AVClub

AVClub: What makes Naz’s explanation at the plea hearing remarkable is just how straightforward it is. Naz doesn’t tell us in the audience anything we didn’t already see in the first episode—short of including that creepy hearse-driving dude at the gas station, he leaves pretty much nothing out—but this is the first damn time, four episodes in, that anyone has let him tell his story from start to finish. And it’s not as though he disobeys the district attorney’s instructions: She asks him to tell the truth of what happened that night, and that’s exactly what he does. How on earth did it take so long to get to this point? Jack Stone never let him get a word in edgewise, the better to keep his options flexible in constructing defenses. Alison Crowe never cared enough to treat Naz like a person, let alone ask him anything, as Naz was entirely incidental to her defense of him. Detective Box came the closest, but he was already shaping Naz’s narrative as he spoke, asking leading questions and maneuvering Naz into what he had already concluded was the right confession.

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