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    I know that some were predicting this to be in contention for next year’s Limited categories, just started the first episode but am interested to hear what all of you think.

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    Dennis El Mar
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    Just finished the first episode and I’m already blown away by Kaitlyn Dever’s performance. I can see her having a similar narrative to Joey King and getting in at the Emmys (even though she may be supporting in the later episodes?)

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    Bridgian
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    2 episodes in and this show is brutal. Weaver is once again Emmy worthy. She is a master of quiet performances.

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    Dennis El Mar
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    2 episodes in and this show is brutal. Weaver is once again Emmy worthy. She is a master of quiet performances.

    She’s definitely able to portray her anger and frustration and her caring for the victims without being the least bit over the top. I loved how you got a complete sense of her character only a few minutes into her first scene and I hope she gets in at the Emmys again.

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    Based on the first two episodes, I know I’m never watching this again (in a good way). This is a VERY hard watch because of how disturbing it is.

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    Dennis El Mar
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    Okay damn, I just binge watched this and I truly think that this show is coming to play as a serious contender.

    It definitely recalls a lot of the positive qualities of WTSU and Chernobyl, examining institutional miscarriages of justice so deeply that you almost feel like you’re watching the events unfold in front of you in real time. If anything, it almost feels like sort of a cross between WTSU’s use of the emotional attachment you feel towards the victims of injustice (ie incredible use of police interrogation) and Chernobyl’s in depth recording of the officials who worked tirelessly to bring the victims to justice.

    Wever, Collette, and Dever were all outstanding and easily, EASILY deserve nominations. MVP was probably Wever because it was amazing that she was handed so much material and was still able to make a quiet performance out of it while still being potent. Collette had more of the flashier moments where she gets to vent her anger and frustration and honestly didn’t have as much screentime or as developed of a character, but she’s still very nomination worthy. Dever just blew me away in the first episode, and again I’ll compare to WTSU in saying that her performance reminded me of Jharrel Jerome and Asante Blackk because you felt her injustices so deeply through her performance as they were unfolding. I think Wever is undeniably lead, Collette is lead but could be a borderline supporting case, and Dever was definitely supporting.

    I had a few minor nitpicks, I think that Dever was incredibly underutilized in later episodes and while they were hinting at character development to reveal what traumas she had undergone that influenced her reaction at the interrogation, they pretty much left it off there which was disappointing. I was left wanting to know so much more about her character after that outstanding first episode, and the writing definitely does have a few cliché “big speeches” about injustice that slightly undercut the show’s tone of reducing sensationalism. I also wasn’t a huge fan of the final scene (the acting was A1 but the writing felt like it was trying too hard to search for closure.)

    Overall, I would urge EVERYONE to go and watch this now. It’ll be an incredibly hard watch (it was harder for me even moreso than WTSU) but the writers make sure to build up to a realistic yet satisfying emotional payoff. The performances blew me away, and it’s topical to the point where I could see it being a huge player in the Limited categories next year.

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    Starting out with a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes (consensus: “Heartbreaking and powerful, Unbelievable transcends familiar true-crime beats by shifting its gaze to survivors of abuse, telling their stories with grace and gravity”) and an 82 on Metacritic.

    I knew I was about to stan talent when the trailer came out. Can’t wait to watch this, especially with the reactions in this thread.

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    KAITLYN DEVER FOR EMMY

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    Bridgian
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    Wever possibly gives my favorite performance of the year in any medium. She was incredible here. I would love to see her win lead actress and Dever win supporting (she is borderline as she gets less screen time later on). Collette was also fantastic and worthy of an Emmy nomination (in lead), but Wever absolutely stole the show for me. If this show does well, I wouldn’t mind seeing Marvel and Lange nominated, as they did quite well with their limited screen time.

    This is a fantastic series that deserves to be nominated across the board and it’ll be a shame if it isn’t remembered. A brilliant limited series.

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    Started it last night and just now finished it. I mean…just wow. This really was the series of the year for me and got me to lean hard into my feels. That first episode ripped me apart, and I mean ripped. And the next episode was an amazing contrast in what really could happen if you had either a better police officer or a more understanding one and how it makes all the difference in the world. But that ending was such an amazing refresher and perfect in every way. “If the truth is inconvenient, they don’t believe it,” is the quote of the century.

    Dever really is a revelation and I’ll be upset if she doesn’t pull a Clarkson-style sweep at the Globes, CC, and, eventually, the Emmys. In regards to Collette, there’s just something about her presence on screen that just captures and brings you in, completely enamoring you as you’re watching her. Wever, as Dennis said, is potent, to say the least, and was so amazing in her subtleties. To be honest, I wouldn’t even be able to choose between the two leads (good luck with that Emmys). Overall, an amazing and brutal limited series and I’ll riot if anything else sweeps over it this upcoming season.

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    Exceptional.
    I want this show to be swamped with prizes.
    Wever is… Beyond words.

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    Netflix better campaign the shit out of this!

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    boss
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    The first episode ignited a feeling I last recall while watching the first episode of The Night Of. An incredibly written and truly captivating crime/mystery/drama that is not afraid being stark and manages to be effective in its theme without being overt. The introduction of female detectives only made it better. I am yet to finish it, but it seems like it will be one of this year’s best. Netflix is on roll with true crime dramas hailing from women, first When They See Us and now this.

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    This show is literally phenomenal and definitely ignites a rage. Wow, so good–I watched in one sitting. Merritt Weaver, Toni Collette, and Kaitlyn Dever (well, the entire cast) were exceptional.

    Merritt Weaver was truly on her A-game: she gave a nuanced, focused performance that left an impression. I still can’t believe from my early years of being a “Nurse Jackie” fan that Weaver has come so far. She’s THAT good here. She will be deserving of another Emmy win if nominated.

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    I was worried about visibility for this one but it’s currently sitting at 3,700 votes on IMDB three days after it’s release, compared to Fosse/Verdon’s 2,500. Granted the latter may have had (somewhat) bigger names and industry-bait subject matter but nonetheless Unbelievable has the reviews and early viewership of a hit, Netflix needs to keep pushing

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