Bull Season 1 Episode 18 Review: Dressed To Kill

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As if Fashion Week itself wasn’t dramatic enough, Chunk’s mentor dropped dead on the runway in one of her own designer wedding gowns on Bull Season 1 Episode 18

The Fashion Mentor - Bull

This was an installment meant to dive into Chunk’s background, but for me, it didn’t go far enough. 

If I have one complaint about Bull Season 1, it’s that I still don’t feel emotionally connected to these characters. 

Don’t get me wrong, I like them all. The cast is talented and the characters are all interesting, but there simply isn’t that intrinsic pull that makes me yearn to tune in to find out more. 

We’re 18 episodes in and it still feels like we’re just scratching the surface. 

Let’s put that into the context of “Dressed to Kill.”

Chunk's Mentor - Bull Season 1 Episode 18

I felt just as much for Will and Kira as I did for Chunk, and shouldn’t I feel more? I want to.

I like Chunk and although we know the basics, he walked away from a football career and headed to the fashion industry, I still don’t feel connected to Chunk on a personal level. 

I wish we would have had more time between him and Nella, even if it were in flashbacks. I think that would have resonated more than simply hearing that Nella was the first person to believe in him after he walked away from football. 

There was never any real doubt that Chunk would remain on Bull’s team. As a matter of fact, I questioned Chunk’s anger at Bull from the beginning…

He knows how much Nella meant to you. He wants to make sure the right person goes down for the crime. Take it from me, you do too.

Benny

Bull’s motives seemed obvious, to everyone but Chunk, which just didn’t ring true to me. 

Why was Chunk so quick to believe that Will was guilty, even after Bull explained that the detective on the case was a bully who frequently rushed to make arrests? 

When Chunk and Will first met backstage at Fashion Week, Chunk seemed supportive, but that quickly evaporated…

These are people who value function; you dress for fashion. You wear bright colors, they'll hate you. You wear weird cool fabrics, they'll hate you. Those socks are both. Loose 'em.

Chunk

Chunk hated Will because he was convinced the man was guilty, but that conviction felt more like a forced plot point than something that evolved from the evidence, especially when Bull believed there was more to the story. 

Chunk and Bull Check Out the Fashion Season 1 Episode 18

The other part of this murder investigation that really bugged me was that no one considered that Nella wasn’t the target once they learned that Kira was supposed to wear the dress. 

Yes, Kira being the killer was one option, but wasn’t another that Kira was the intended target and Nella was killed in her place? 

Ah, Cable. You're trying to say you're counter cultural and unique, but the hipster effect, and it is a real thing, says that you really just look like every other hipster. Not so unique.

Bull

Although I’m not much of a fashionista and wouldn’t be caught dead in a pair of stilettos, I liked how everyone’s style was dissected. 

Bull and Marisa Season 1 Episode 18

And as I’m not quite a fan of Jason Bull’s look, I found Chunk and Will’s critique of his style interesting in this Bull quote

Marisa: What is Bull's psychological fashion profile?
Chunk: Cardigans, professional but not overt. He hides behind the suit. Dark colors, same look, every day.
Will: Stylish, gives him the ability to watch or be watched. A man for all seasons

I always think that Bull looks a little bit shlumpy (yes, that’s my own word for it) in those sweaters, which is odd considering that Michael Weatherly is particularly attractive. 

Speaking of which, even though Jason and Diana are an item, Diana was definitely questioning Bull’s level of commitment.

You found somebody, somebody you're committed to. Some people can't even commit to a weekend, you know that?

Bull

Back to my point about emotional connections…I like Diana. I like Bull and Diana together, I just wish I felt more excitement about their relationship. 

Once again, I like both characters and I’m happy to see them as a couple, but if they broke up in the next episode, I’m not sure how much I’d care.

That’s because I don’t care deeply about any of these characters. 

I generally enjoy Bull, but, for lack of a better term, it’s not Must See TV.

Although I’m interested in the characters, there isn’t one of them that I actually tune in for, anticipating the opportunity to learn more.

With almost a full season behind us, I should feel more. 

Thankfully, there’s still time for that to change.

Check back in two weeks for my review of Bull Season 1 Episode 19.

If you want to see more, you can watch Bull online here at TV Fanatic. 

Dressed To Kill Review

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Bull Season 1 Episode 18 Quotes

He knows how much Nella meant to you. He wants to make sure the right person goes down for the crime. Take it from me, you do too.

Benny

People are hard wired to gossip, it releases endorphins.

Bull