Plus the Pulitzers, the Sacklers, and the Amish
I'm 3/5 through Candy and enjoying it a lot, although mostly for the costumes and sets. I read the book the series is based on in 2018 and enjoyed it. I always feel weird saying that about true crime, but it's true; much enjoyment was had by me when I read about that lady getting ax-murdered, and I had even more enjoyment when her murderer got caught. Biel isn't terrible, but Lynskey is terrific, as ever. But my favorite performance has been from the little boy who played foster waif "Davey." Very soulful facial expressions from that kid.
Candy Montgomery and her murder of Betty Gore was a local case for me, growing up in the north Dallas suburbs. I was 11 the summer it happened, and I remember everyone talking about it. Sarah is right about how evocative the costumes and set design are, even more for me with the various Dallas references. (They are doing fairly well on that count, and I won't go all "that guy" on you pointing out the teeny things they got wrong about the big D suburbs.)
I also agree with Sarah's mixed feelings about Lynskey's portrayal of Betty Gore. From what I have read over the years, I think Betty really suffered from depression and anxiety, which may indeed have made her a bit hard to take, but I won't like it if I am left with the feeling that she was asking for it or deserved what she got. And I feel like they are almost, sorta kinda, skirting that line already?
I’m not saying I’m hate-watching it, as a 1973 bb, but I’m not…not hate watching it. First ep felt pretty good timing-wise, and that is absolutely The Best Party House, TX or not. And good lord, those period glasses WERK on Biel’s face, as does that scrubbing-pad wig; kudos to her for being even prettier than I recall.
But the pacing, y’all. I’m not mad at it, as I’m home recovering from surgery. I literally have no place to go. But. And issa big ole but(t)…I can only take so much gauzy atmospheric orange and the honestly delightful twinkly Candy theme before I want some action. After watching all 3, I need some info and action. Well, action. I know what’s coming, but how did we get there? And agreed re: Stevie 🥺