Are you saying you actually stayed with the series to the end ?
This is a project that definitely has to be seen in its entirety to really appreciate it. That was a very good article
I have enjoyed this thread immensely AND as a result of all the raves, I did go and watch the final episode yesterday evening ON DEMAND and I agreed, it was excellent. A FIRST RATE PERFORMANCE from Jessica Lange (although she's still not ENTIRELY giving me CRAWFORD but she's so good in all other respects, I forgive it), and a better script that did not seem SO CONSUMED with "laundry listing" the facts and history to where it come across as a book report.
The scene between Crawford and one of her adopted daughters having a visit in her NYC apartment as the kids skid around on the floor with Joan's approval (a detail I actually recall from a documentary I saw on Crawford!) was excellent.
the big, GLARING disappointment to me has been Sarandon's performance- aside from the occasional clipped word in her speech and gesture with her cigarette, SHE IS IN NO WAY GIVING ME BETTE DAVIS, BEYOND THAT- she's not even giving me a real character or an interesting performance. she also was physically not willing to get into the role, there were scenes SET IN THE SEVENTIES FOR GOD'S SAKE, where there was not a line or wrinkle on her face. She lookED fabulous, whereas Bette Davis at this time was starting to look like one of the Trees from THE WIZARD OF OZ.
(I also don't recall any account of Bette being a redhead, CRAWFORD on the other hand, apparently was!)
No, of the two, Lange is the clear winner, and I'm none too surprised at the shift in focus near the end of the series.