I'm mostly "meh" on this show, but that doesn't mean I'm hate-watching. I recognize so many of these actors from other shows/movies so that's enough for me to add it to the dvr and play out the whole non-22 episode season. Other shows I really enjoy I found to be shaky in the beginning so I almost always give shows quite a bit of time to settle into what they're really going to be. (The Office, Parks and Rec, Superstore.) So I can understand how others don't like the Madeline character, but are still watching.
I wish the show was more clear to the average viewer what the timeline of these hearings and case proceedings are. I don't need it to be as explicit as the Law & Order "doink doink" date-stamps, but it always feels like one day, a case is remanded back to court for retrial or an appeal is granted or whatever, and then very soon after, the new trial happens and the team has very, very little time to find their evidence. That isn't how it happens IRL, no? I get that part of the point is the initial defense in the original case was usually quite poor so there's plenty of other evidence that was never pursued or avenues to counter the prosecution that were never pursued, but looking for evidence in these retrials/appeals is essentially a cold case investigation after so many years; it can't be that easy or that fast to turn up something. Unless you're Vincent Kartheiser!
Speaking of gathering info/evidence, I often just go with the hand-waiving of how people got things on shows, but how did the podcaster girl (Violet? ...) get the passenger info for all flights between Chicago and the Bay Area from over 15 years earlier? It's not an actual case with subpoenas and warrants. Is she a hacker and that's never been discussed, or I didn't hear it? Did she hack ALL of the airlines' records? Even the ones that are no longer in operation now?
Episode 3 was a step up from episode 2 in that they at least pronounced characters' names consistently. I was so distracted by the variations in the pronunciation of "Tamara" in the stabbing murder episode. I haven't seen anything like that since Arrow, when some characters pronounced "Ra's al Ghul" one way while others pronounced it differently, even when they were talking to each other. Except this was worse because the same character would at times say "Tam-er-uh" and other times say "Tah-mar-uh."
They're hinting that reporter dude is being nagged by his conscience, but I don't know. Honestly, I think a much better, more fruitful story for him is if Madeline turns him onto investigating the widespread, long-term corruption in the prosecution of Illinois criminal cases vs. believing she is guilty of killing Rosemary and trying to trick her into some kind of admission. I feel like that kind of story would give him a lot more prestige and clout than the singular, though notorious, case would.
Ultimately what I'd like to see (this will not happen) is the reveal that Madeline really did kill Rosemary, and in a supreme effort to protect herself from that truth, she took on an all-consuming life of denial, which included the manifestation of becoming a defense attorney for the wrongfully accused like herself (except not like herself), and THAT'S actually what's been subconsciously motivating her all this time, even though on the surface, everyone thinks it's her hatred of the system's flaws and DA Frasier Crane.