"I'll Be Gone In The Dark" (HBO) *spoilers*

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  1. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

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    Haven't watched it yet, wanted to get a thread started...

    I'll Be Gone In The Dark is a documentary on HBO, based on the book of the same name, by Michelle McNamara. The book is a true-crime story of the hunt for the Golden State Killer. The book was released posthumously on February 27, 2018, nearly two years after McNamara's death and two months before an arrest would be made in the case. The book's title is a reference to a direct quote spoken by the Golden State Killer to one of his victims: "You'll be silent forever, and I'll be gone in the dark."

    As I understand it, the HBO mini-series (6 eps) is sort of a meta-mash of both the GSK's crime spree, and McNamara's obsessive hunt for him.
     
  2. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

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    Michelle McNamara was a writer who focused on true-crime stories. She had a fascination with them, and working to solve unsolved crimes. She was married to Patton Oswalt. She died in 2016 from a combination of accidental drug overdose and heart disease.

    The series is directed by Liz Garbus, who splits the story between the actual GSK, and McNamara's obsessive hunt for him. Getting favorable reviews. Dark, heavy, but well directed.
     
  3. Steveknj

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    Watched the first episode last night. I like Patton Oswald but I found myself bored to tears. It just felt like a long episode of Dateline or one of those True Crime specials all over cable TV. I'm out.
     
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    I watched this and had a very hard time paying attention. I too thought it was pretty boring.
     
  5. astrohip

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    I found it interesting, but it does develop slowly. I'll give it a second eps, to see how it moves along.

    Fascinating story. Since E1 appears to be the setup, I'm hoping E2 starts to show some insight into her hunt.

    I can't imagine the courage it takes for the victims to speak on camera like they did.
     
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    I found it interesting, but I've never seen or read any true crime so that entire world is new to me.
     
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    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

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    Finally watched E2 tonight. Just moves too slowly. Seems like a really interesting story, but tonight could have been 15 minutes. I started FF at one point, waiting for the scene to change.

    I'll give E3 a try, but if it drags like this, I'm out. HBO has some great documentaries, but the last couple have been real drag-out dogs. They need to tighten them up, or find a way to make each hour more interesting.
     
  8. crazywater

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    It's only 6 episodes so you might as well stick it out. I find it fascinating...
     
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    The comment in episode 2 where there were many rapists in the 70 that would rack up in the numbers of 40 rapes or higher was cringe worthy, especially when they point out the punishment was probation, a week or 3 in jail, or a small fine.. No one cared, then add the victim shaming on top of it.
     
  10. markymark_ctown

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    Hmmm...this was on my list, but after reading so far, maybe not :)
     
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    If nothing else it will have you get over your "good old days" nostalgia pretty darn quick... horrible stuff.

    Last night's episode where they discuss the Sheriff making a deal with local bigwigs to avoid publicizing crimes due to property values (and Reagan's campaign?!) was disgusting. One has to wonder where the press was during all this? As much as we (rightly) malign social media today, it's certainly true that something like that could never be kept a secret these days. With apologies to any QAnon/PizzaGate believers reading this...
     
  12. astrohip

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    I thought this most recent episode was much better. The story has been intriguing all along, it's the speed at which it moves that I found arduous. But this week was enthralling. The killer moved, so did the story.

    Now I'm looking forward to where this goes. The way they've wrapped up Michelle's life into the story is a different approach. Works in this case.
     
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    Last night's episode was both heart-rending and enthralling. The chase is on! But such a tragic chase it is. I have a much greater appreciation for Patton now that I've seen what he went thru, and how he handled it. Something like (poorly paraphrased) "you have to bring your tragedy out in the open and face it, or it consumes you with its darkness". I need to go see how he said it, it was incredibly moving.

    Next week is it, the final episode.
     
  14. mattack

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    Didn't the autopsy report say heart disease was present but not a contributing factor?

    I think the show is interesting (and sad). I watch at 1.7x like most non-fiction stuff.

    That show on ABC with the woman doing the same reverse genealogy stuff was pretty interesting too.

    There's a podcast too. I forget, I think I've listened to one ep so far.
     
  15. smak

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    This was the best one by far, and really the only portion of the story that merited an entire episode.

    -smak-
     
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