Authentic Content material podcast: ‘The Vow’ affords a muddled take a look at the NXIVM cult

By | November 15, 2020

“The Vow” is a captivating documentary, however we will’t fairly suggest it whole-heartedly.

As we focus on on the most recent episode of the Original Content podcast, HBO’s new docuseries tells the story of NXIVM (pronounced nex-ee-um), a self-improvement firm that was subsequently revealed as a sex cult, with its chief Keith Raniere sentenced to 120 years in prison.

The core story is each compelling and horrifying. And “The Vow” options an astonishing quantity of footage exhibiting Raniere and different high-level NXIVM members at work — for that motive alone, the collection is value expecting anybody within the NXIVM story.

Nonetheless, it’s additionally hampered by some unlucky storytelling decisions. For one factor, by parceling the story out over 9 hour-long episode, the collection typically feels unnecessarily drawn out and repetitive.

And by specializing in a handful of high-ranking NXIVM members who subsequently grew to become vital whistleblowers and critics (together with Mark Vicente, the filmmaker answerable for an excessive amount of that behind-the-scenes footage), “The Vow” has additionally opened itself up to criticism that it downplays the tales of Raniere’s true victims and obscures the extent of his crimes (not like the Starz documentary “Seduced”) .

Along with reviewing the collection, we additionally focus on the latest Disney+ growth numbers and the brand new season of “The Bachelorette.”

You possibly can take heed to our evaluation within the participant under, subscribe using Apple Podcasts or discover us in your podcast participant of alternative. In the event you just like the present, please tell us by leaving a evaluation on Apple. You too can follow us on Twitter or send us feedback directly. (Or counsel reveals and flicks for us to evaluation!)

In the event you’d prefer to skip forward, right here’s how the episode breaks down:
0:00 Introduction
0:45 Disney+ dialogue
7:40 “The Bachelorette” dialogue
30:48 “The Vow” evaluation

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