Original Content podcast: ‘The Vow’ offers a muddled look at the NXIVM cult

Original Content podcast: ‘The Vow’ offers a muddled look at the NXIVM cult

“The Vow” is an enchanting documentary, however we are able to’t fairly advocate 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 intercourse cult, with its chief Keith Raniere sentenced to 120 years in jail.

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

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

And by specializing in a handful of high-ranking NXIVM members who subsequently grew to become essential whistleblowers and critics (together with Mark Vicente, the filmmaker liable for a substantial amount of that behind-the-scenes footage), “The Vow” has additionally opened itself as much as criticism that it downplays the tales of Raniere’s true victims and obscures the extent of his crimes (in contrast to the Starz documentary “Seduced”) .

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In addition to reviewing the sequence, we additionally focus on the most recent Disney+ development numbers and the brand new season of “The Bachelorette.”

You can hearken to our overview within the participant beneath, subscribe utilizing Apple Podcasts or discover us in your podcast participant of selection. If you just like the present, please tell us by leaving a overview on Apple. You can even observe us on Twitter or ship us suggestions immediately. (Or counsel reveals and flicks for us to overview!)

If you’d wish 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” overview


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