What's particularly great about TV miniseries, in my opinion, is they feel like extended cinematic films that are broken down into smaller parts for television so they can explore deeper details than a theatrical film could. There's much more flexibility and freedom with a TV miniseries than there is with a theatrical film that would probably need to be capped at 135 minutes. Waco honestly looks like a theatrical film; the cinematography and effects are some of the best I've ever seen in a program that was made for TV. So much of the material, effects, and way different scenes were shot and framed reminded me of films such as Sicario, Bone Tomahawk, Wind River, and Hell or High Water. It wouldn't surprise me if this was secretly written by Taylor Sheridan.
Finally, I can't talk about Waco without raving about this stellar ensemble cast. When the opportunity to review this miniseries was offered to me, I was hesitant. Reading the names in this show's cast was all the convincing I needed to jump at the opportunity to review this show. Taylor Kitsch. Michael Shannon. Melissa Benoist. John Leguizamo. Julia Garner. Andrea Riseborough. Rory Culkin. Paul Sparks. Shea Whigham. If you're not convinced by now, then what's wrong with you? Everyone in this ensemble cast gives one of the best performances I've ever seen from them, if not the best. Taylor Kitsch gets a lot of well-deserved crap from critics because of some of the films he's chosen to be in (Battleship, John Carter, American Assassin, Snakes on a Plane, and more), but after his performance in Only the Brave and now Waco, I can say confidently that Kitsch is a good actor.
I hate giving grades when I haven't seen all the material to review, but based on episodes 1-3, I feel comfortable giving Waco a 4/5 or a B+ based on stellar acting and the fact that I felt like I was watching a theatrical film instead of a TV show. Here's to hoping the remaining episodes live up to my expectations and blow me away!