The most mature thing I’ve ever done is watch an HBO drama about some guy’s foot disease over MTV’s Video Music Awards. While Britney Spears was making her ninth comeback, John Stone was scratching his skin raw, Chandra was being the world’s best and worst lawyer, and Naz, a free man, was walking out on his mother, who thought her son killed Andrea Cornish.
It was a very good — if often depressing — season one finale of The Night Of (Brian Grubb will have his recap later today), which may or may not return for season two. Executive producer Steven Zaillian has said the series “was designed as a stand-alone piece,” but “there are ways of certainly kind of taking what it feels like and what it’s about and doing another season on another subject.” There’s no real reason for The Night Of to check in with Naz again (he’s probably going to be stupid, like buying drugs less than 24 hours after being released from prison, and then smoking said drugs in public). But creators Zaillian and Richard Price could turn the crime drama into a Fargo-like anthology series, and just like Fargo, which followed the Solverson family in seasons one and two, The Night Of season two could also be about a cop.
My favorite scene in the finale happened near the end of the episode, after the deadlocked jury said they were done, after Freddy gave away his precious copy of The Call of the Wild, after Naz returned home. But it had nothing to do with any of them — it was the scene at the bar between the recently retired Dennis Box, now employed as NYU’s pride-swallowing campus security, and district attorney Helen Weiss. She can’t stand seeing this great police officer reduced to working as a rent-a-cop, so Helen challenges Dennis to help her with something: Let’s find the son of a bitch who (allegedly) killed Andrea.