'Devils' Episode 3: Viewers don't care about Massimo or his dead wife, call out show for 'not doing groundwork'
Spoilers for 'Devils' Season 1 Episode 3 titled 'Searching For the Truth'
In the latest episode of The CW's 'Devils' titled 'Searching For the Truth', Massimo Ruggero (Alessandro Borghi) is desperate to find out whether his wife's death by overdose was her own doing or if it was a murder.
Despite being aware of the fact that Carrie Price (Sallie Harmsen) was an addict, he is more than confident that there was foul play involved in her death. Heartbroken, he believes that Carrie could not possibly have left him like that — even though their relationship was deteriorating for the longest time. In a flashback, we see that it might have been him who broke up with her and not the other way round. Perhaps that is what is eating him on the inside.
He also finds himself wrapped in yet another death. Ed Stuart's (Ben Miles) jumping to his own death had caused quite a furor and now the police are inching in closer and closer to the person responsible for it. Only they don't know they are going in the wrong direction and that they are being led in that wrong direction by someone — Patrick Dempsey's Dominic Morgan.
The police want to frame Massimo through Oliver Harris (Malachi Kirby) as the one who had Ed's laptop stolen from his house and as the one who pushed Ed off the railing to his death.
At the same time, his (faltering) plans to bring Dominic and NYL Bank down are underway. Together with Argentinian hacker Sofia Flores (Laia Costa), he works to make NYL's dirty work public but fails in the process. All this reads interesting on paper. But fans simply can't bring themselves to care.
"I just realized what the prob w/this show is... this would have been an amazeballs 2nd season they did none of the groundwork, no world building we have no idea who these people are or why we should care #DevilsCW #Devils" a fan took to Twitter to air this grievance and rightly so. 'Devils' is a slow-paced show taking its own sweet time to come to the point, but more importantly, without any backstory to the characters, viewers can hardly empathize with them.
"B/c we got no buildup or back story, they have to tell us why every & any body does anything. We have no idea 'what's out of character' #DevilsCW #Devils," another fan tweeted. And when another retaliated saying this narrative "might be off for the US audience", the former added that viewers need a reason to care. "You have to give an audience a reason to give AF. And they haven't. If not for pandemic & limiting options & 2 leads, would have already been out. #DevilsCW".
And many others are trying to come up with explanations to try and understand what is happening. "I'm curious to see if the CW edit is unknowingly leaving things out, which would have made for a jarring viewing. #DevilsCW #Devils."
i just realized what the prob w/this show is...— Ninja Kitty Boop BLM (@2KllMckngBrd) October 22, 2020
this would have been an amazeballs 2nd season
they did none of the groundwork, no world building
we have no idea who these people are or why we should care #DevilsCW #Devils pic.twitter.com/XbvVnjx7Q8
Yeah, don't think the problem is specific to country of origin storytelling. Lots of movies & tv shows make this mistake. You have to give an audience a reason to give AF.— smusedtobefun (@smusedtobefun) October 22, 2020
And they haven't. If not for pandemic & limiting options & 2 leads, would have already been out.#DevilsCW
'Devils' will air Wednesdays at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW.