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Only murders in the building It used to be a show about an apartment building, and now it’s about theater. In the season two finale, Oliver Putnam (Martin Short) directs a killer reveal. Putnam was a successful Broadway director, but became best known for his biggest flop: a disastrous, dangerous and cheesy adaptation of the 1984 film. Splash! For the reveal, Putnam enlists Arconia’s most colorful residents as supporting characters in the production. Given what we know about Oliver – chaos is as attached to him as it is to dives – the reveal of the killer is fraught with tension. Something could go wrong at any moment. But the elaborate production is going according to plan, except for some tough performances from Arconia’s most flamboyant.

Throughout the series, we have seen the Only murders in the building Podcast within the show best each presenter: Charles (Steve Martin), Mabel (Selena Gomez) and Oliver. For Oliver, the podcast has reignited his talent, ambition and love for the theatre. At the end of the season finale, Oliver is directing a real Broadway show that doesn’t involve any life-threatening scenarios (that we know of at this point). But Oliver’s journey has also been quite dark: in the first season, his relationship with his son is strained due to his financial needs, and in the second season, just as his relationship with the son is on the mend, Oliver discovers that he He is not the biological father of your child. The contrast between camp and drama is hard to pull off: not many actors can do both, and not many can do it as well as Martin Short. Oliver, always the elephant in the room thanks to his uniform vest, matching pants and colorful scarf, is Only murders in the building most valuable character, and Short’s performance is one of the best on television.

After the end of the second season, Hulu announced that Only murders in the building has been renewed for a third season, which we know, thanks to the finale, will be even more theater-focused. The first season of the murder mystery series was charming, cozy and intimate. It was centered on a small, narrow-focus world, and was mostly set within Arconia, with a few hand-picked guest stars including Sting, Amy Ryan, and Nathan Lane. In the first season, the murders were really in the building. Season two, which unraveled the mystery behind the death of Arconia co-op president Bunny Folger, by contrast, was lengthy. It expanded the world far beyond Arconia and had an endless list of guest stars – now you can find Only murders in the building on the IMDB pages of Cara Delevingne and Michael Rappaport, for example. In fact, there were so many guest stars in season two that I barely remember why Amy Schumer was there, and the (absolutely perfect) Shirley Maclaine scenes feel like they happened years ago. In the end, Bunny’s murder, which happened inside Mabel’s apartment, had nothing to do with Arconia, aside from the fact that it happened there.

Every time season two felt dry or meandering, Short saved the day with a simple, unexpected Adam Driver-inspired pronunciation of a word (Short’s way of saying “theater” is a work of art in itself). From fighting Nathan Lane in an elevator in a way only a musical theater professional would speak lovingly and carry sauces, Short is the heart and soul of Only murders in the building, so much so that he has shifted his focus to theater in both the second and third seasons: The season two finale features Paul Rudd as an actor in Oliver’s Broadway show and ends with his puzzling death on stage. It has since been announced that Rudd will be in the third season. no matter how clumsy Only on Murders in the Building becomes, and no matter how famous the guest stars are, as long as it has Martin Short, it will remain one of the most heartwarming shows on television.


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