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It's an often bizarre story that is, like any good yarn, full of twists and unforgettable characters.
To describe Wild Wild Country as jaw-dropping is to understate the number of times my mouth gaped while watching the series.
By handling this story so intelligently and by opening its heart to a very complicated idea of good and evil, "Wild Wild Country" has a profound, mesmerizing power itself.
It takes the time to dwell in every conceivable emotion, and your opinions of certain individuals may shift repeatedly throughout the six episodes.
We're no longer simply worried about the acts of a malevolent stranger, but the way that motivated groups can alter our society. The archival footage may be decades old, but Netflix's new hit ultimately asks us to consider the here and now.
Many will want to binge it, as it's a head scratcher. I let it savor, as it was almost too much craziness for one long sitting.
It's visually stunning, the production design and investigative work are perfect. But when it reached its highest potential is when it questions the parameters of society. One of the best documentaries I have ever seen. [Full review in Spanish]
'Wild Wild Country' does not make the mistake of giving voice only to the defenders of Rajneeshpuram. [Full Review in Spanish]
I was hanging on every twist and turn, gobsmacked at the next bit of craziness that was revealed.
Worth the watch because it sheds a beam of light on a very strange corner of recent American history that would otherwise become a blip on the radar. But after its all said and done, it also has the ability to reveal something about the viewer.
Audience Reviews for Wild Wild Country: Season 1
May 16, 2021It was pretty entertaining, but it could have been a lot shorter.
Apr 03, 2021I was glued to the sofa from start to end. Very good documentary about a crazy historical event that not many know. I loved it.
Jan 22, 2021Wow. Can only be seen to be believed. And yet still unbelievable.
Jan 10, 2021I couldn't believed this happened in our country and no one talks about it. If you like weird history definitively watch this.
Jan 06, 2021It has excellent use of source footage, very well put together, and is very compelling to watch. However, it clearly has a bias towards Rajneesh group. The crimes that the key figures pled guilty to are never explained and no detail is provided for some of their controversial activities. Which makes the ending very anticlimactic when the group winds up for reasons that aren't apparent to the viewer.
Dec 14, 2020A decently informative, and entertaining docu-series that highlights quite a bit along the spectrum of willful ignorance and corruption on both sides. Depending on your own level of disenfranchised beliefs, you may see the appeal of this community shrouded by some pompous religious overtone, and sympathize with the general plight of having a basic constitutional right blatantly obstructed. Now, incidentally, the utopian followers, or at least the upper echelons, did have malicious motivations, but none the less the actions of the people of Antelope, and surrounding areas, were every bit as egregious as the cult themselves. It appeared to be a clear example of xenophobia mixed with a media leader who was charismatic and strangely appealingly vulgar in their "struggle" to simply be allowed to live in peace. They chose her well, because she did a pretty good job of sounding fresh in a society that truly does fit a lot of the descriptions she accused them of being. In reality, her accusations are only accurate in the upper echelons of the American democratic system the same way their corruption was all top heavy as well. We are all products of the society we live in. And given this was the foundation of theirs, it was only a matter of time before what happened... happened. Hopefully we all learn something from this. It's good. But not great. It needed a lot of the other horrid details about the cult. At the very least, explain the clothing. You know we're all thinking it. I would have liked to hear more from the people of Antelope. In the end I felt like I got a summary of the events, but not a lot of the who, how, and why. I recommend it though. It's worth watching.
Sep 16, 2020Crucial parts of the story were left out such as the sexual abuse of children.
Aug 24, 2020I would have given this 5 stars on account of its excellent usage of source footage and photography and present-day filming and a wide array of interview subjects. It was put together very well, aesthetically. For its content, interesting as it is, I have to dock a full 2 stars. Some details are misleading, and this seems to be intentional. One might conclude that the hotel bombing was carried out by a white, conservative Christian, because of its placement within the narration of events; it is never directly stated. While they were no friends of the Rajneeshees, they were not, in fact, the culprits; a Muslim was. That is never mentioned. The viewer is left to fill in the blank. More than that, however, is the extreme glossing over of crucial details that, upon longer consideration, would seriously portray the cult in a negative light. The decision for the filmmakers to attempt some kind of empathy for Sheela by the end was perhaps the most shocking. This was a woman who, without any empathy or the slightest moral fiber in her body, happily orchestrated the attempted execution of political and personal enemies, which, as you may recall, included the entire populace of The Dalles. Although no one died as a result, such a fact was immaterial to Sheela. And then, you attempt to draw a smiley face on her at the end by showing her interacting with senior citizens? I can understand that you're attempting to show "both sides," but for Pete's sake, there is such a thing as objectivity, and in some pretty stunning ways, it is missing from this documentary series.
Aug 20, 2020While being a very measured description of those events, it critically lacks the point of view of the people who were there, who loved Osho, and who saw what a beautiful experiment Rajneeshpuram really was. Thus, it is one-sided and skews the depiction of those events. The creators did not dig deep, and this series is just a superficial look of outsiders, afraid to overcome their prejudices, afraid to challenge their worldview, and discover for themselves something they couldn't have imagined.
May 20, 2020A faithful portrait of the hypocrisy and intolerance of American society; as well as spiritually empty elites and eastern businesses geared to fill these gaps. An excellent documentary series.