Waco (2018)
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The Strangers Across the Street 

ATF agent Jacob Vasquez begins undercover surveillance and befriends David Koresh.


John Erick Dowdle


John Erick Dowdle (developed for television by), Drew Dowdle (developed for television by) | 5 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Shannon ... Gary Noesner
Taylor Kitsch ... David Koresh
Andrea Riseborough ... Judy Schneider
Paul Sparks ... Steve Schneider
Rory Culkin ... David Thibodeau
Shea Whigham ... Mitch Decker
Melissa Benoist ... Rachel Koresh
John Leguizamo ... Jacob Vazquez
Julia Garner ... Michele Jones
Camryn Manheim ... Balenda Thibodeau
Christopher Stanley ... Edward Wiggins
Demore Barnes ... Wayne Martin
Annika Marks ... Kathy Schroeder
Steven Culp ... Peter Hardwick
Andy Umberger ... Perry Jones


ATF agent Jacob Vasquez begins undercover surveillance and befriends David Koresh.

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31 January 2018 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


John Leguizamo was nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie category for his role as Jacob Vazquez in Waco (2018), but lost to Jeff Daniels from Godless (2017). See more »


In an early scene when Gary Noesner talks to his superior, he calls HRT agent Mitch Decker "Mitch Dixon". See more »


David Koresh: They're coming today, aren't they?
Jacob Vazquez: I... uh... who's coming? I-I don't know what you're talking about.
David Koresh: I know who you are. And I know who you work for.
Jacob Vazquez: I'm just a rancher.
David Koresh: I figured if God brought you to me, who am I to turn you away? And I'd like to think you've gotten to know who we really are, not what's in this garbage. And I know you have a job to do. But you can stop this.
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Intriguing series continues
2 February 2018 | by hmurdock-54742See all my reviews

This episode is very good, as it continues the story as portrayed in the first episode. The actor that portrays BATF agent Rodriguez bears a strong resemblance to the real person. The other actor portraying BATF agent Agguiler I believe does a very good job to.

This episode certainly could leave viewers ready to see the next one, of the BATF raid.

The flaws of this episode are errors of omission, such as:

Much of the story of the BATF investigation is omitted. The BATF is present at gun shows, and would have known that the firearms parts, accessories, and other merchandise sold by the Branch Davidian at gun shows was completely legal. It would have been interesting to have a scene at a gun show, showing a Branch Davidian table.

It omits the fact the way the BATF obtained its search warrant. The affidavit for the warrant describes, for example separate upper and lower receivers for AK rifles, which don't exist. The affidavit also cites claims by former Davidian Marc Bareult as a witness to what he had seen, although he was legally blind.

It omits the fact that the BATF relied on information provided by "cult buster" groups such as the Cult Awareness Network for information. The "deprograming movement" of a few decades ago has been discredited.

It omits that entire story of the Waco Press Tribunes article, "The Failed Messiah," and the investigation of that.

Despite the omissions, this episode is very good. To cover the points I have brought up it would take at least one, if not two episodes, and this who produced this min-series probably had to deal with things such as "time-inits," and a "budget."

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