Death and Other Details

Death and Other Details

TV-MA

Memory, and modern cameras, are unreliable in this two-time murder mystery

7.3

TV Show

United States of America
English
Crime, Drama, Mystery
2024
Angela Zhou, Hugo Diego Garcia, Lauren Patten
60 min

TLDR

Mandy Patinkin and Violett Beane are an excellent detective-protege duo.

What it's about

After becoming the prime suspect of a luxury ocean liner murder mystery, Imogene Scott must partner with a man who failed to solve her mother’s murder, Detective Rufus Cotesworth.

The take

With the number of murder mysteries popping up since Knives Out, Death and Other Details can seem like a copy. However, the latest mystery show on Hulu has a few twists up its sleeve, as Detective Coteworth and Imogene Scott aim to solve two cases at once– the first, of course, being the luxury liner murder, and the second being the murder of Scott’s mother eighteen years ago. Because of this, the backstory has more personal stakes, as it puts into question human memory itself. While the balance between timelines sometimes falters, Death and Other Details has enough style to at least make the journey interesting.

What stands out

What makes viewers divided over Death and Other Details is the way the said details are arranged and organized. With two separate cases, at two different times, the show can feel confusing when it jumps back and forth between cases. Usually, what’s shown on screen is the reality of the story, but showrunners Heidi Cole McAdams and Mike Weiss play with past and present by showing both at once. Even when showing events in the past, the present version of Scott pops up as is, immediately reacting to the memory as if she actually was there in the scene itself. This direction and editing can feel disorienting, but it’s a brilliant way to turn the camera as a mirror for Imogene Scott’s own memory. It makes Death and Other Details stand out in a detail-oriented, truth-obsessed genre.

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