Ryan Murphy, who shows remarkable control in handling the delicate nature of a miniseries constantly tempted by the base nature of its subject matter, directs the first two hours of The People v. O.J. Simpson. In the past, Murphy has seemingly been motivated by a desire to provide more of what his critics wanted less of. To his credit, this is not the case here. Instead, he spends the first two hours building a solid foundation for what’s to come – director John Singleton, most notably – and establishing a strong center to a series that must balance the sensationalized account of the trial and its own desire to account for that sensationalism without the show itself becoming the wrong sort of sensation.