Why is this receiving so much praise? The first season was just a reveal of information at a glacial pace - disguised as a puzzle. Held together by great performances by Biel and Abbott, the show seems to think that revealing details slowly is the same as mystery. There's no puzzle, there's no suspense - in the eleventh hour it is all forked over. Surprise - the character you least expected! Lazy writing, lazy style.
An engaging "why-dunnit" with commited performances by Biel and Pullman. The series conjure up an undeniable ambience of foreboding dread but in the end the show grates on too many points and could have been trimmed to enhance urgency. I know the deceptiveness of memory is a great narrative tool but Cora´s journey to remembrance feels both contrived and unjustly prolonged.
In the consistently slowly twisting progression of its dark narration exists deeply sympathetic and empathetic emotion that doesn't occur in many procedural dramas/thrillers, giving a welcome human edge to its clinical logic and making grander statements of both the justice system and personal judgement. Pullman plays a refreshingly masterful but flawed detective to support Biel's broken protagonist.
Season 1, Episodes 1-8: not bad, but not good either. Bill Pullman & Jessica Biel participated in movies which mostly are B or even worse category. At times the episodes are very slow and both actors are not performing in a convincing way. At times boring.
I hate that true crime centered around women is a tv wheelhouse, but I'll never be indifferent to it. Spearheaded by António Campos, this story sets itself apart with its ingenuity of tone. A specific gaze on violence in American culture, it seems like a silently screaming polemic. Jessica Biel relishes in a misunderstood, troublemaking role. The story confidently divulges and convinces you of its sins. Poor girls.