In The Dark Season 4 Episode 3 Review: If Books Could Kill

What is this show more? Endless stress and anxiety.

If the show gives a girl an aneurysm for cursing and complaining about the sheer absurdity, childishness of its schemes and plot, then somebody sue on my behalf.

The plot thickens in In The Dark Season 4 Episode 3 when the domino effect of Murphy’s prison deal leads to a bigger mess that has now put them back in the crosshairs of Gene, Josh and Sarah. Oh good!

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The series has always taken such outlandish approaches that they stretched the boundaries of plausibility when it came to just how much trouble befell Murphy and his friends.

The scenarios that have pushed them deeper into the nitty-gritty have been the very definition of artificial. But it’s as if they don’t even try to keep them within the realm of plausibility anymore, and it’s more annoying than attractive.

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The situation with Paula is an excellent example of this. Paula is a ruthless drug dealer who has seemingly been going under the radar ever since half of Chicago and Canada zeroed in on Murphy. You don’t get to be in that position without having an iota of common sense.

Sure, Paula didn’t have much reason to trust Murphy; Heck, she maybe she could have given the terrified blind woman in prison the benefit of the doubt.

Lesley: Why do you look so pale?
Felix: It’s just my face.

But Paula knew Murphy was in the bloody infirmary before she was released. It’s perfectly fucking reasonable that she never received the audiobook or that she could have gotten it and she didn’t get a chance to trade it in before she left.

If he could call Murphy at Lesley’s house, then they could have had a conversation and worked something out. Hell, maybe they could have just arranged for Murphy to deliver the drugs to one of the men in the first place.

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It was ridiculous that Murphy had to have Felix return the audiobook to the library when a simple meeting could have been enough.

It was undeniably ridiculous that the library didn’t have a mailbox or that Felix would go to the trouble of breaking in and even talking to the librarian but not leaving it there. Felix taking him with him in the bathroom literally made no sense.

And dumping the drugs was ridiculous because Josh is not a fucking cop, he has no resources, and he couldn’t and shouldn’t have searched them anyway. Lesley is a lawyer and she should know that.

The whole situation and how it spiraled out of control was so frustrating and irrationally staged that it wasn’t even attractive; it was enormously infuriating to witness.

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And it was all so that Gene and Sarah could turn their attention back to Murphy as if he had enough time and scope to deal drugs during the ten seconds he was in prison.

Worse yet, they came back to vindicate Josh when he was finally facing some kind of reprimand for his actions.

Lesley: Has it ever occurred to you that being friends with Murphy isn’t the healthiest thing to do?
Felix: The Heart wants what the heart wants.

Josh is unhinged. Has there ever been a more obnoxious character who stayed longer than expected?

Josh doesn’t even have a personality or any other characterization beyond his obsession with Murphy. It doesn’t make any sense that none of them filed a restraining order complaint against you.

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He’s gotten over stalking years ago, and there’s nothing even remotely legal or constitutional about half the shit he does anymore. Josh shows up at Lesley’s house to confront Murphy after learning that she left unhinged.

And it was Lesley’s house that he trashed and trashed, not Murphy’s. She had no warrant. Don’t even get me started on him physically assaulting Felix in the library.

Josh is upset. Gene should have taken the pass from him and kicked him to the curb a long time ago.

It will be too soon if I never see this man foaming at the mouth and furious. But sadly, the season isn’t even close to halfway there, and so Josh is unlikely to play in traffic any time soon, so we’re stuck.

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Best of luck to Theodore Bhat in his future roles, but I now have a Pavlovian answer for him on my screen that will take time to shake off, so I won’t be able to enjoy his work anytime soon.

Can the series play with reality a bit more and explore how Josh’s presence and actions alone have completely destroyed the case against Murphy?

It’s frustrating that Lesley didn’t encourage Felix to press assault charges against her, as the librarian was able to witness it so Josh could face some of the punishment and consequences HE deserves.

Max: I’m not leaving you.
Murphy: You already did, Max.

His behavior is completely disturbing and they have seriously overestimated our tolerance level for this character.

We knew that the drug case that Sarah and Gene worked on would fit in with what’s going on with Murphy and that gang because of Paula.

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Somehow, we needed that to happen soon; The timing could not be better. It’s getting scary the more they investigate things, and the bodies are falling out. It was shocking when they showed up at the house and their leader was shot right in front of them.

But with the dangers of this new drug and this complicated operation, you’d think Gene and Sarah would recognize that this has always been so much bigger than Murphy’s ability. Based on his behavior when he is on the run, it is evident that he is not at the forefront of this complex network.

Sadly, not only have they turned back to Murphy, but much of their focus is on Felix as well. Felix is ​​a lousy chump when it comes to Murphy. His loyalty is remarkable, but he hasn’t painted it in the best light.

It’s frustrating how pathetic he seems when it comes to her when they’re not having their bonding moments with each other. He spent most of the hour sick and doing some of the stupidest things to cover for Murphy.

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And it put him right in the spotlight and almost led to his demise. Watching Paula’s men kill a cop in front of him was traumatizing on top of battling a stomach bug and possible concussion.

Maybe that’s what we can blame for his decision to keep one of the tablets instead of throwing it away. Nothing good can come from him possessing drugs, but whatever he maintains is absurd, right?

But now we’re back in this position where Murphy has hurt the person closest to her, and they probably don’t want to be bothered anymore. Not only is this boring and redundant, it’s also frustrating.

Felix knows how much Lesley cares about Max; she loves him for some reason. And she loves Murphy too and probably thought there would be some turning point in their relationship.

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But he saw Murphy’s shirt inside out, and that said it all. There are multiple layers of pain there. He has to suck that he was kidnapped and nearly killed, but Murphy handled the news by having sex with Max.

As a brother, he’s probably infuriated that Lesley saved them all from death, and while she was saying a Hail Mary, Max and Murphy were having sex behind her back at her house.

Murphy: If Felix was here, he would believe me.
Max: Because she’s your whore.
Murphy: You’re one of the talkers. I’m sure Lesley didn’t tell you to take care of me or anything.

Lesley isn’t necessarily the most likeable character, but she deserves so much better than all of this. She is hosting her brother at her house. She is dating a criminal and Murphy is under house arrest at Lesley’s house.

Murphy brought more danger to their doorstep, and now he made a deal with the devil and risked his life for all of them.

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She did all of this, and Max cheated on her with Murphy the moment she wasn’t looking.

It’s clear that the series always wanted a Max and Murphy ending, but absolutely nothing about the two in the final season and a half could reasonably prepare them for it.

The time to somehow push these two together for the sake of more drama and discord was not earned at all. They had no good preparation to justify the two of them sleeping together.

While Murphy wanted to do the selfless thing of sending Max away felt in line with her attempts to be a better person, Max coming back because he cared too much about leaving her didn’t ring true at all.

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Not even ten minutes ago, Max gave a damn about Murphy. He and Lesley behaved like two exasperated parents with unruly children in how they responded to Murphy and Felix.

Max didn’t even care about Murphy when he found out she had been stabbed in prison. Max will always harbor feelings for Murphy, and those won’t go away, but they haven’t shown that he cares enough to jump into bed with her in a moment of fear and passion.

They used Pretzel’s chocolate poisoning scare (and they’re so wrong for that!!) and Max freaking out over the “I love you” exchange and domesticity with Lesley to bring Max and Murphy together, and they didn’t feel won over at all. absolute. .

It seemed like an attempt to give the shippers what they wanted, but look at the cost.

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Murphy and Max look like pieces of shit for doing this to Lesley. The sexual reunion resulted from infidelity and at the Bells’ full expense.

It was hard enough supporting these two to become a thing again before; this only got worse.

It wouldn’t be In the Dark if things didn’t get complicated though, would it?

It’s up to you, fanatics of the dark. How do you feel about that connection? How much trouble is Felix now that he has that account? Are you sick of Josh? Hit the comments.

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blue jasmine is a senior writer for TV Fanatic. follow her on Twitter.

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