The Paramount Network’s mini-series “WACO” wrapped up Wednesday night, and it was incredible.
“WACO” was six episodes of pure electricity, great acting, emotions and it was tough to watch at time. Everybody knows what happened in Waco, Texas in 1993 between the federal government and the Branch Davidians. Scores of people were left dead as the compound burned do the ground at the end of a siege that lasted almost two months.
It’s always tough to touch such tough topics, especially when people are on one side or the other. People generally feel that the federal government was in the right or that they killed a bunch of innocent women and children. There’s really no middle ground when it comes to the Waco siege.
“You cannot remove these people by force. The more you push them, the more they think it is a test of their faith.” – Gary Noesner, FBI chief negotiator (Michael Shannon) #WACOuntold #ParamountNetwork pic.twitter.com/sULTYfzC7X
— Paramount Network (@paramountnet) March 1, 2018
There’s no question that the show paints the federal government as the aggressors. The mini-series sympathizes FBI negotiator Gary Noesner, played by Michael Shannon. It also absolutely paints David Koresh, played Taylor Kitsch, and the Davidians as the victims.
I’m not going to sugar coat it when it comes to the finale. It was difficult sitting there watching dozens of women and children burn and suffocate to death. I’m not going to get into my personal feelings on the entire siege, but I think we can all agree that any time a bunch of women and children die it’s a tragedy.
I watched the finale with a friend of mine, and you could have heard a pin drop in the room as the credits rolled. I was skeptical Paramount Network could pull of telling the disaster of the Waco siege, but I was wrong. They hit a home run with every episode, and brought the horrific events to life in shocking fashion.