Hmm, party of one apparently, but I feel like this episode drags and drags. I thought the whole first half of the series was much more compelling, better paced, better plotted. The emphasis on the victims and the different detectives coming together kept things moving, then it all sort of collapses in the back half of the series. So many sequences of long, dead air in this episode especially, the muddled suspect issue with the brothers, and me wondering what Toni Collette did to anger the makeup people and make her face such a completely different color from the rest of her body.
Merritt Weaver’s family storyline also gets dropped in the back half of the series (although I haven’t watched the final episode yet. No idea what the heck they’ll use that for.) There was a whole lot of emphasis on the family gun safe in earlier episodes.
Edited to add: when this came up on Netflix, I saw the “inspired by true events” tag and assumed that meant it was 90% fiction based on a bunch of badly handled rape cases. I further assumed it was highly fictional once we got to the various scenes of law enforcement and detective teams that were made up entirely of women and minorities. I had no idea how closely the whole thing adhered to real events, even down to the mistaken identity of the brothers and whatnot.
In other words, the parts that weren’t working for me as fiction/storytelling ... weren’t fiction. I didn’t realize it was more of a docudrama. Mea culpa.
If you came in blind like me, see media thread for more details.