Waco (2018)
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Operation Showtime 

With the ATF siege in motion, assault vehicles storm the Mount Carmel compound and exchange gunfire, which begins a 51-day standoff.


John Erick Dowdle (developed for television by), Drew Dowdle (developed for television by) | 4 more credits »




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
Glenn Fleshler ... Tony Prince
Camryn Manheim ... Balenda Thibodeau
Eric Lange ... Ron Engelman
Christopher Stanley ... Edward Wiggins
Michael Hyland ... Walter Graves
Demore Barnes ... Wayne Martin


With the ATF siege in motion, assault vehicles storm the Mount Carmel compound and exchange gunfire, which begins a 51-day standoff.

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Did You Know?


John Leguizamo (Jacob Vazquez) & Andrea Riseborough (Judy Schneider) also worked together on Bloodline (2015) as Ozzy Delvecchio & Evangeline respectively. See more »


The name of the ATF operation was Trojan Horse. The code word to signal the operation is a Go was Showtime. It was not ever called "Operation Showtime" which is the actual name of the episode. See more »


Jacob Vazquez: I did everything you asked me to, and you burned me.
Edward Wiggins: You burned yourself.
Jacob Vazquez: That's bullshit. Come on, guys, you heard me call it off. Tell him. Tell him!
[the agents with Wiggins ignore him as they all turn to leave]
Jacob Vazquez: Oh, so that's how it is? Fifteen years of loyalty? Fifteen years of putting my life on the line, and then for what?
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References The Lonely Man (1957) See more »

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Operation Showtime
1 November 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

So now we know why the first episode had FBI negotiator Gary Noesner being critical of FBI tactics in the Ruby Ridge siege.

Even though Jacob Vazquez infiltrated the Branch Davidians, he did not see them as dangerous and told the ATF not to go in heavy handed. Vazquez is ignored as the ATF go in with all guns blazing. The situation in the compound quickly escalates with casualties in both sides.

Even though the real life scenario was complex. The narrative here is that Koresh's people shoot at law enforcement as an act of defence. Secondly there is an argument being made the military force is being used against civilians. A radio personality described the difference between law enforcement and military force.

It certainly looks like in this drama that ATF were ill prepared, unsure as to what was going on and they even did not take some basic communication equipment with them. When the FBI takeover the incident at Waco is a mess.

The episode does seem to have a sympathetic slant towards Koresh and his followers. Some of the media pundits seen on television news shows at the time who are castigating Koresh. It is implied that the law enforcement authorities wanted Koresh to be painted out as a loon and might have manipulated the media towards that direction. Yet Koresh did release that 60 minute tape where he is reading from the Bible when he should had been better at giving his side of the story.

This was a fast moving episode. The build up of the first two episodes is over and now it certainly gets messy.

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7 February 2018 (USA) See more »

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