Silent Witness: Trust Pt 1

“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”

Les Miserables

Continuing the Silent Witness iPlayer Catchup, we’re onto episode 3, which, in contrast to the first two episodes collectively known as Change, is entitled Trust. You know, one-word titles referring to abstract concepts really annoy me. I suppose it’s meant to be edgy and modern, but there is absolutely nothing in them that distinguishes the episodes from any other crime drama ever. They might as well be episodes of The Bill.

Anyway. Trust is a two-parter, which means we get a cliffhanger and a trailer for the next one that looks marvelously exciting, although by the time we get to it I will doubtless have forgotten everything that happened in the first part. Never mind. I shall tell you about it, so hopefully I will remember.

The team is investigating the deaths of two women found in a basement. Of course, the investigation is complicated by the requisite Personal Struggle, this time featuring Jack and the detective working on the case, who have a History. Meaning, of course, that they disagree on everything, and also that Jack will inevitably turn out to be right. Because, of course, the forensic scientists are always right. Every week.

This particular murder mystery is robbed of its mystery by the fact that the murderer’s identity is revealed long before the detectives realise who he is. I’m still trying to decide if that’s a bad thing or not. It does make for a rather nice piece of dramatic irony, and it’s hard to see how the plot might have played out without it, but, well, it’s a murder mystery, isn’t it? It’s supposed to be mysterious.

And why, why do you shout at a suspect “Stop, police!”? That is literally just a waste of breath. They’re obviously not going to stop, especially if you tell them that you’re from the police. Why would they?

This episode is at least significantly less gory than Change was, although there are maggots. And injections. Still not one for the squeamish, but at least I didn’t have to spend half the episode with my eyes covered. So that’s something, then.


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