Register a SA Forums Account here!
JOINING THE SA FORUMS WILL REMOVE THIS BIG AD, THE ANNOYING UNDERLINED ADS, AND STUPID INTERSTITIAL ADS!!!

You can: log in, read the tech support FAQ, or request your lost password. This dumb message (and those ads) will appear on every screen until you register! Get rid of this crap by registering your own SA Forums Account and joining roughly 150,000 Goons, for the one-time price of $9.95! We charge money because it costs us $3,400 per month for bandwidth bills alone, and since we don't believe in shoving popup ads to our registered users, we try to make the money back through forum registrations.
  • Post
  • Reply
Arist
Feb 13, 2012




Oven Wrangler

It's a bit recent for this thread, but FX's American Crime Story was my favorite thing on television back when it premiered in 2016. The first season, The People v. O.J. Simpson, managed to be relevant and timely without being cloying, and was buoyed by some incredible performances and John Travolta. I myself was too young during the O.J. Simpson trial to have much in the way of context for the events of the show, and jesus loving christ, what a shitshow! This show is maybe the ultimate proof that Ryan Murphy is actually capable of producing unambiguously good material, which... wow. Also, it gave us Sterling K. Brown! It's worth it for that alone!

The first season is only 10 episodes, which is a little light, so we'll also be watching the second season, The Assassination of Gianni Versace. This season was a little more polarizing due to a gimmick in the episode structure and choices in framing, but at the same time I think it's still something special that's worth your time. It's not for everyone, but you should still give it a shot, it's only 9 episodes.

We're starting on September 1st.

Past Shows:

Hannibal Season 1
Community
Person of Interest

Adbot
ADBOT LOVES YOU

Open Source Idiom
Jan 4, 2013


Oh I thought this was American Crime, but it's American Crime Story. A completely different anthology crime show.

The second season was watchably dumb, but I can't remember the first season very well, except for the ludicrous dolly zoom that introduces Bruce Stern's police captain in the first episode. That was loving nuts.

But I remember the entire thing being vaguely seedy, tbh. The only reason we're following the story of the Kardashians, or even that interested in the whole deal with Judith Light's character, is because they're gossip.

The only reason we're not seeing a Princess Diana season is because she wasn't an American Princess.

Digital Jedi
May 28, 2007

Wow....that feels good





Fallen Rib

I never watched the first season and just recently was thinking about adding it to my list of shows to get around to. I'll have to move that up now!

I did watch the second season and I believe I enjoyed it at the time but I don't remember much from it.

ninjahedgehog
Feb 17, 2011

It's time to kick the tires and light the fires, Big Bird.




Just rewatched the first season a few months ago and it totally holds up, and its attention to detail is insane. The biggest flaw IMO is who they cast to play OJ himself -- Cuba's a fine actor, but the real OJ is a huge dude with deep, booming voice that just dominates every room he's in. Cuba came across as more whiny than anything, whereas the real OJ was somebody who you could imagine as being absolutely terrifying when he's angry. If I were casting the show I would have gotten the dude who played AC to be OJ instead.

The Versace season was .... fine? Darren Criss was great but I honestly don't think the reverse chronological gimmick really added anything but making me confused as to how his motivation evolved episode to episode. Would be interested in watching a chronological cut though, if one exists.

esperterra
Mar 24, 2010

still my no.1






Yeah, Cuba was amazing in the show, some of his best work imho, but he felt off as OJ. It's not enough to drag the show down, but it's just a weird outlier when the rest of the casting is so spot on.

Season two owned and I honestly might like it more than the first one, but not by a lot. They're both excellent seasons of television.

Arist
Feb 13, 2012




Oven Wrangler

I forgot to post about this when it started yesterday, so I'll just say, the part in the second episode where the pizza place runs out of cheese never fails to crack me up.

Adbot
ADBOT LOVES YOU

Digital Jedi
May 28, 2007

Wow....that feels good





Fallen Rib

Just finished the first episode and it hasn't sucked me that into it yet.

Did not know Courtney B. Vance was in this and I'm excited to see more of his Cochran (I'm a massive Law and Order fan).

esperterra posted:

Yeah, Cuba was amazing in the show, some of his best work imho, but he felt off as OJ. It's not enough to drag the show down, but it's just a weird outlier when the rest of the casting is so spot on.

Season two owned and I honestly might like it more than the first one, but not by a lot. They're both excellent seasons of television.

Going to echo your Cuba comments. He is doing an incredible acting job but I just don't see him as OJ. Aside from him not looking that much like him (I think) he doesn't have that presence that people talked about OJ always had.

Episode 2: Nothing stands out

Episode 3: I like the meeting of the whole team for the first time. I'm much more interested in the trial at the moment than the outside stuff. Of course The Dersh was on his team. Completely forgot he was.

Digital Jedi fucked around with this message at 04:12 on Sep 4, 2020

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • Post
  • Reply