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  • kancov
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    It wouldn’t be fair to compare it to The People v. O.J. Simpson, but I’m not in love with the premiere. I think I might have preferred the Katrina season instead. I’ll give it time to see how the actors do, but nobody impressed me. Cruz is decent. Ramirez was very absent and if he goes lead, it would be a real fraud. I haven’t seen Criss before elsewhere and didn’t really like him here. By the way, the music was beautiful.

    The casting is weak compared to the first season. Besides the four “leads”, no one else seems to be a big breakthrough. I’d say it again, it’s unfair to compare it with season 1, but it had a terrific group of actors.

    I don’t want to be negative, but it was underwhelming. Unless the competition is weak, I don’t think the show can be a big winner at the Emmys.

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    Stegeo
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    Oscar winner Penelope Cruz features heavily in marketing materials as Gianni Versace’s sister, but appears in just half of the eight episodes made available for the press to preview (out of nine total for the season). Between the second and seventh episodes, she has only one scene. Grammy winner Ricky Martin is similarly absent as Gianni’s boyfriend. Emmy nominee Edgar Ramirez has top billing in the eponymous role, but spends most of the first episode on a gurney and tallies only one more episode than Cruz and Martin—by cameoing in a dream sequence.

    ew, I don’t like how this season is made; classic Ryan Murphy quality fall

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    tennisrob
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    I thought it was very good.  Some are saying the pace was slow but I disagree.  The acting was very good as well.   Penelope looks nothing like Donatella but she sort of captures her.  Donatella seems odd so it worked.  Darren Criss really captured a fine line between creepy and charming.  His character isn’t likeable but some of the best aren’t.  Excited for more.

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    Icky
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    It was not the disaster I was fearing or even wanting it to be for camp value’s sake. Everything was okay but no more than okay. However, it already feels like something that should have no more than 4 or 5 installments, especially with Murphy’s tendency of not being able to maintain even decent-ness over a stretch of time. I do like that it’s a project trying to confront the internalized homophobia (and misandry/misogyny) that many gay and gay-leaning people still contend with, whether in or out the closet. But because it’s Ryan Murphy subtlety and modern irony be damned.

    This is likely not something I will keep up with weekly. I’ll just gauge the reaction to the entire season and go from there.

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    Philip
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    It wouldn’t be fair to compare it to The People v. O.J. Simpson, but I’m not in love with the premiere. I think I might have preferred the Katrina season instead. I’ll give it time to see how the actors do, but nobody impressed me. Cruz is decent. Ramirez was very absent and if he goes lead, it would be a real fraud. I haven’t seen Criss before elsewhere and didn’t really like him here. By the way, the music was beautiful.

    The casting is weak compared to the first season. Besides the four “leads”, no one else seems to be a big breakthrough. I’d say it again, it’s unfair to compare it with season 1, but it had a terrific group of actors.

    I don’t want to be negative, but it was underwhelming. Unless the competition is weak, I don’t think the show can be a big winner at the Emmys.

    How can you even determine category placement by the first episode? Like maybe wait a few more episodes.

    Also, the story doesn’t really gice way for anyone besides the lead actors to do much. We also haven’t gotten to Judith Light or Mike Farrell or Max Greenfield or Finn Wittrock. Let’s give it more than one episode lol.

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    Andrew D
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    I enjoyed it alot , very pretty and very engaging so far

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    kancov
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    It wouldn’t be fair to compare it to The People v. O.J. Simpson, but I’m not in love with the premiere. I think I might have preferred the Katrina season instead. I’ll give it time to see how the actors do, but nobody impressed me. Cruz is decent. Ramirez was very absent and if he goes lead, it would be a real fraud. I haven’t seen Criss before elsewhere and didn’t really like him here. By the way, the music was beautiful. The casting is weak compared to the first season. Besides the four “leads”, no one else seems to be a big breakthrough. I’d say it again, it’s unfair to compare it with season 1, but it had a terrific group of actors. I don’t want to be negative, but it was underwhelming. Unless the competition is weak, I don’t think the show can be a big winner at the Emmys.

    How can you even determine category placement by the first episode? Like maybe wait a few more episodes.

    Riley here and most of the reviews say that Criss is the true lead of the season, while the other three actors take a back seat. We talked about it here before, Ramirez would be a similar situation like Cuba Gooding Jr., but with even less screen time.

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    forwardswill
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    This was good. As everyone has said not OJ-good, but I still liked it and it further solidified my opinion that Ryan Murphy is a far better director than he is producer or writer. Acting standout for me was Cruz who dominated upon arrival and completely disappeared into Donatella. Martin was also very good but his was more a kind of one scene thing. Ramirez seems to be doing decent character work but whether he’ll be given enough material to go beyond this who knows. Criss is almost the opposite situation, he’s obviously good but whether he’ll be able to rise to the challenge of holding the series together or whether his performance will just remain as it is seems under debate. I wasn’t fond of the script’s structure for this at all, finding it didn’t build up to the murder enough nor bring us to the aftermath soon enough but Murphy’s direction more than kept me engaged regardless.

    B+

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    BenitoDelicias
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    I thought it was very good. It’s weird that this is going to be about Cunanan, but then one has to wonder how much of a story is Versace’s life to make this miniseries work from his perspective. But I did think we’d get more police work as we got mosty court scenes and lawyers with the OJ trial which made that season not really about OJ either. But focusing on Cunanan more than anybody else seems weird. We’ll see how it goes.

    Performances…Criss was the standout obviously, Martin did nice work. I consider Edgar Ramirez to be a terrible actor with a fantastic team behind him that gets him all this high profile work, but I’ve never been a fan of his acting (english or spanish, which yes, are two different things for actors like him). I think he did ok here with what he got.

    Penelope Cruz killed her scenes, but the fact that her Donatella is just a voice and a wig with no face work is ridiculous. It’s Penelope Cruz in a wig. I think she wanted to keep her friendship with Donatella and they didn’t want to make this a parody of the woman who became a parody. There was a scene when she almost said “Get Out!”, it would’ve been awesome. Too bad Gaga wasn’t available for this. But at least the acting is there.

    Yes. Ryan Murphy is a better director than anything else. The only other good thing he’s good at is at having ideas (not necessarily developing them). He did great work, the show is visually great.

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    That was decent. Criss was solid but let’s talk about that ass. I wanted to fucking rim it like there’s no tomorrow. So fucking delicious. Ricky Martin is getting hotter and hotter with age. The things I would do to that face… I would ride it good. Oh yes, so good… Ramirez is a weird case. When he’s good he’s really good (he was robbed of TV Trifecta for Carlos) but mostly he’s bad. My gurl basically massacred him in their one scene in The Counselor. He looked like fucking amateur there. Let’s see what happens here. Cruz was good. She’s nowhere near the brilliance that Gina Gershon in House of Versace (Gina was born to play Donatella and was so robbed of awards for her work there). They could have at least give Cruz a fake nose. All in all I’m gonna keep watching but I want more of Criss ass and Ricky, preferably nude too.

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    Criss was solid but let’s talk about that ass. I wanted to fucking rim it like there’s no tomorrow. So fucking delicious. Ricky Martin is getting hotter and hotter with age. The things I would do to that face… I would ride it good.

    Best episode review ever.

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    Finally getting around to watching this since I was out of town for work all week. First episode wasn’t bad. Writing was solid and the performance by Criss was very good (nobody else had to do much heavy lifting). But, aside from performances, Ryan Murphy is a hack director to me. His only tones seem to be over the top or nothing. He’s not good at shading. I’m probably the only person who didn’t like ACS: OJ. I think the tone of it was too inconsistent. So far at least, the tone is a bit more consistent and it looks like Murphy is only listed as the director of this installment, so, fingers crossed.

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    Riley
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    Directors:
    1: Ryan Murphy
    2: Nelson Cragg, cinematographer all of last season and first two episodes this season
    3/6/7: Gwyneth Horder-Payton, frequent Murphy guest director (Feud, American Horror Story)
    4/5/9: Daniel Minahan, executive producer this season
    8: Matt Bomer, guest director in directorial debut

    Episode 8 is the only one with a co-writer (producer Maggie Cohn).  Simon Dennis is cinematographer for last seven episodes this season, presumably with Cragg needed on another Murphy show.

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    Royal Night
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    Currently watching the 2nd episode and can’t help but wonder, does Ryan Murphy think “Gloria” by Laura Branigan was a popular song in 1997? Lol

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    That duct tape scene was one of the most intense things I’ve ever seen on TV. Also, Daren Criss was excellent in this episode. This would be a great submission. Greenfield was also very good. This was a very good episode. I surprisingly like Criss’s performance. And also he is so hot.

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