I’ve honestly never understood the complaints about Ryder’s performance. I thought she did a fantastic job in both seasons.
Don’t you think that - to put it nicely - she tends to “over-act” every single second of every single of her scenes ? Let’s say she’s got an unusual way to play… It’s pretty rare that someone is as pleased with her as you are in fact (all lovers of the show I know admit she’s the weak link… it’ the first time I read “she’s fantastic in both seasons”).
No, I don’t think she overacted at all. Her son was kidnapped, crazy shit started happening, people started acting like she was crazy, and I thought she reacted appropriately and realistically to all of that. And in season 2, Ryder dialed a lot of that back, which makes sense because her character wasn’t on the edge of insanity for half the season.
Really, honestly, I don’t understand the “overacting” complaints. She was (and still is) one of my favorite things about the show.