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I've binged six of eight episodes so far, and it's absolutely riveting.  This is streaming on netflix, so I highly recommend it.  The only truly negative thing I have to say is that while Worthington doesn't suck as badly as he usually does, he's still just high school theater compared to the other actors and it's often distracting.  There are times he literally seems incapable of playing certain emotions that are called for.  There are so many better actors that could've absolutely hit this out of the park, at least someone on the level of Paul Bettany.  

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Just finished this and it really is head and shoulders above most TV I've seen lately.  Surprised this isn't getting talked about more.  Honestly it could've been an all timer if not for Worthington.  I wouldn't call his performance bad, it's just so distractingly mediocre, since he's surrounded by so much talent.

 

Bettany is astounding as Ted Kaczynski.  And always great to see Mark Duplass.

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I don't think I've ever heard Bettany do an American accent before. How was it?

 

Apparently this airs on Discovery UK over here, but I can seem to find an air date for it. Hmmm. Will have to look into it as it sounds interesting.

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I don't think I've ever heard Bettany do an American accent before. How was it?

 

Not perfect, but mostly fine.  He doesn't look anything like the character, but he acts the shit out of it.  He's magnetic whenever he's onscreen.  But he kind of embarrasses Worthington whenever they're onscreen together.  I honestly do not understand how that guy gets high profile gigs like this.  This could've been somebody's True Detective but they had to cast a guy who should be headlining B-movies.  And it's not even that he's bad, because he does rise to do some of his best work, he's just woefully inadequate.  

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Apparently this airs on Discovery UK over here, but I can seem to find an air date for it. 

 

It's on netflix as well.

post #6 of 11

Not on Netflix UK, alas. I guess it's because it hasn't aired yet over here on Discovery's satellite channel. 

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Ah, that sucks.

 

Well, I'd definitely keep that on my watch radar, totally worth the time.

post #8 of 11
Worthington is no match for Bettany, but tbh that character is such a mash of cliches, and he lacks the lines - or the talent - to make the character compelling. The frequent depiction of the FBI bosses as jackasses also becomes tiresome. Then again I've only watched the first few episodes. Bettany is amazing, though.

I hope there's a postscript explaining how Kaczinsky tried to donate his books to Northwestern after he got busted. That was maybe the craziest thing he did.
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Apparently Worthington's character is a composite of several different agents who did various work on the case.  Makes sense from a dramatic perspective, but yeah he's pretty bland.  It's not a huge deal though because the case itself is so compelling, you barely notice it.

post #10 of 11
I'm 3 episodes in, it's decent so far.

The scene in ep3 where Worthington awkwardly plays with the football has to have been an homage to The Room. It was so bizarre. Then he brings Lynn Collins up there, and she has to act amazed at seeing 3 whiteboards with random words written on them.

It's weird watching this back to back with Mindhunter. I feel like I'm surrounded by skeptical FBI managers. Worthlesston has 3 bosses who all have the job of shitting on his new industry-disrupting language innovations.
post #11 of 11

Glad to hear that Sams character is not just one actual person.

 

I was guessing that it previously aired on tv, you can tell there were commercial breaks, Discovery channel i think I saw.

 

I'm deeply intrigued by this story, 2 eps in and havent even seen Ted yet.

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