I get where you are coming from Jason and agree to a degree but I feel to say that Riker’s has made Naz a criminal is inaccurate. Riker’s is the banana peel on the slippery slope of worsening criminal behavior but let us not forget that Naz was a criminal before this story began. Two violent incidents in high school and his illegal prescription drug trade in college doesn’t make him a choir boy. Also, I don’t agree with the assertion that Naz is innocent, or better yet “not guilty”, nothing to date has given me any indication that he didn’t commit the crime. The perspective provided by the show is that Naz doesn’t know if he did it or not and there is a lot of evidence that he did do it and a lot of conjecture that he did not.
To me this is what the show is actually delivering, a look into a process than is as flawed as the humans that work within it, due to the nature of the humans which make the system work. Naz is no where near as innocent as the “college kid borrowing daddy’s car to get to a party” character we initially meet. Detective Box is not quite the “super sleuth play it by the book” cop that we seem to initially meet. Stone is more of a skilled lawyer than the ambulance chaser we assume him to be. Nothing is what we think they are at first blush, or perhaps they ARE our first impression AND so much more.
I don’t think we find out whether or not Naz committed the murder in the finale. Nothing about this series points to a clean “tied up with a bow” conclusion. This show will end with as many questions as we have today. I do look forward to diving into the new questions and re-hashing the existing ones well after the show ends.