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If you don’t take yourself too seriously, and appreciate stories of tenacity in what ultimately comes off as a much more innocent time, dial up the Operator — but maybe make sure you turn those headphones down a notch as you do.
Occasionally heartbreaking, but often inspiring this is an intelligent and non-indulgent piece of work. Despite its reality TV subject matter, it never stoops to the gutter. On the contrary, it is holds its head high and dazzles. Just like Miriam did.
The entirety of The Grand Scheme is Keenan’s narration “complemented” by John Stamos commentary — and that’s it. No other witnesses. No accomplices. No cops describing their side of things. No reporters from the time reliving the story. Just two guys in a backyard shooting the shit.
Reporter Lauren Bright Pacheco and her team fail to tell listeners the truth — that Murder in Illinois never intends to present a balanced case and let them make their own minds up. Rather its narrators, witnesses, evidence and all journalistic effort is hell bent on exonerating Vaughn.
Once you know that, it’s probably easier to enjoy.
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