Public Service Announcement 43 of 2019: Private Eyes, Waco

You know how much Unpopcult loves Private Eyes. But after a week reading about Brexit, the rapist in The White House, the likelihood that in a matter of weeks Boris Johnson is going to be my prime minister, the climate emergency, and – I can scarcely believe I’m typing this – fucking concentration camps in the United States of America in 2019, we’re perilously close to needing something, anything, which might put a hint of a smile on our faces for a few minutes. Thank the very Lord above, then, for the return of this cheerfully inconsequential Canadian PI dramedy, with leads Cindy Sampson and Jason Priestley as partners in a detective agency, and – more importantly for our purposes – the reigning three-in-a-row winners of Unpopcult’s Ship of the Year Award. Unpopcult royalty Ennis Esmer is in it as well, which further seals the deal. We’ll be reviewing every episode, because it reduces the risk of us catching sight of the news (Monday 1 July, 8pm, Universal).

I suspect that Waco, the Paramount Network’s miniseries dramatising the 1993 siege of the Branch Davidians’ compound in Texas, is somewhat more serious. It stars, among others, Taylor Kitsch – Tim Riggins! – as David Koresh; Michael Shannon – yes, the Michael Shannon who might be one of the best actors on the planet – as Gary Noesner, the head of the FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit; and Emmy-nominated John Leguizamo as an ATF agent. However, the critical response was lukewarm, which is presumably why we’ve had to wait 18 months to see it in the UK (Monday 1 July, 9pm, Alibi).

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2 thoughts on “Public Service Announcement 43 of 2019: Private Eyes, Waco

  1. Snoskred July 1, 2019 / 1:03 am

    I thought Waco was very well done. But I saw it ages ago! 😉

    • Jed Bartlet July 5, 2019 / 6:56 pm

      I’m quite interested in the subject, so I did consider watching. Might be too much of it for me, though. Wonder if there are any good documentaries available?

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