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Much of the news in 2022 features images of hard-to-watch crimes captured in home video. While many of these videos can lead to movement and protests, some are just terrible or unfortunate events in which innocent people are victimized. of Netflix I survived a crime it’s a show built on the idea that the latter would be good entertainment. But is it worth taking the time to watch victims of disturbing crimes relive their trauma?

Opening shot: At the start of the show, we watch the dashcam footage of a driver being beaten and the camera footage of the doorbell of a bag being stolen. “Danger strikes when you least expect it,” says conductor Gio Benitez as this type of scene repeats itself over and over again. “It can happen at any time. EVERYWHERE. TO EVERYONE. ” Hell, I’ll never leave my house with that introduction again, Gio, but please, carry on. “Now, the survivors will come forward. To tell their emotional stories. Recovering us. At the time of the attack. And how they survived “.

The juice: I survived a crime, which originally aired on A&E and has been on Netflix since 2021, has recently been trending on the streaming platform. The show’s 20-minute episodes mix security footage of the crimes committed with stories of what actually happened at the time, but there’s no formula. Some, but not all, the stories feature interviews with victims. Some, but not all, mention whether or not someone was later arrested. One story in the first episode featured footage of a home invasion and – too casually, for my liking – mentioned that one of the intruders was shot and killed in the footage we just saw, before quickly moving on to the next story without any more. information . I mean, did we just see a guy being shot, only to find that he bled to death in the driveway and we’re cutting away already? Did I think we were living in an age of storytelling?

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Other segments that appear in the first episode include dashcam footage of a ride-sharing driver who was attacked by a drunk man while his car was still moving. At the same time, another man in the back seat dragged a screaming child out of the car. Is the baby safe? Whose son was he? If there’s one thing this show doesn’t care about at all, it’s the details.

Another incident saw a father and his two teenage sons as their car was surrounded by a group of people claiming to have stolen another woman’s car. While the father, Lee Allen, tries to explain to the mob that he owns the car, his teenage daughter Lexi films the accident, as the car is surrounded and people start destroying it with the family inside. Lexi films her crying, terrified. As the family recounts the incident, Lexi, clearly still traumatized, breaks down and they have to stop filming. I have to assume that people like the Alens have been rewarded for their participation, but the vibe of the show is, “Here’s a handkerchief, sorry for your trauma.”

The show moves at a bizarre and rapid pace, churning out crime after crime footage. While, in Allen’s case, the victims are being interviewed, in most cases Benitez simply tells what is going on before moving on to the next crime.

What shows will it remind you of? Real-life footage of criminals shot on tape definitely has a Policemen hear it, but with a modern twist as much of the footage is captured by phones and other more modern video equipment.

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Our outlet: Writer Nora Ephron (a phrase she definitely DID NOT POST IN A REVIEW FOR THIS SHOW but bear with me) once said that everything is a copy. She said that before the press was dead, of course. But nowadays, I think we can safely say that the new version of this is “Everything is contained”. From Tik Tok to Instagram comments to night news, every little thing that happens in the world now is something we can turn into watchable / readable content. In case of I survived a crime, this content falls into the category of “terrible things”. I want to write “terrible things that happen to good people”, but in so many videos we don’t even meet the “me” who survived the crime, so who am I to judge if they are good or not? The show doesn’t give me any context for that. I feel betrayed by the broken title promise of this show!

I can usually find something I like, something of value in most of the shows I watch, but I can say unequivocally that I hate I survived a crime. This may be because I don’t want to watch actual footage of children in distress. It could be because I don’t want to see real people being beaten to death. This could also be due to the fact that I don’t want to see people cry in fear of dying. The show announces right high above that danger is lurking everywhere, at all times, and while that may be true, there is nothing redemptive in how this show positions that danger. The criminals don’t get theirs and the victims all have PTSD. For real, why am I watching this? No matter what the season is, this is the bad show of the summer.

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Gender and skin: Nobody.

Farewell shot: When the first episode concludes, clips of everything we’ve just seen play back and Benitez says in a voiceover, “That’s it. Survival and strength, captured on camera.

“So that’s it”? Normal people are capturing the content and robots are writing the shows. I think even a real green light kicked off this show.

Sleeping Star: Gio Benitez is the host of I survived a crime and is the only person who appears in each episode. An investigative reporter, Benitez contributes to ABC News and Good morning Americaand now look, here it is hosting The soup But with crime.

Most of the pilot line: “The cranky old man stereotype can often elicit laughter, but what happened to our next survivor at the hands of an angry elder is anything but funny.” (This single line is 100% the best thing about this show.)

Our call: JUMP. Caps block, bold, italic, JUMP. I’m not going to do the whole preacher (oops, that’s exactly what I’m going to do, actually) but just because someone captured a terrifying moment of his life on tape doesn’t mean a million people need to watch it. I’m not saying we should turn a blind eye to abuses of power or hate crimes recorded on tape, but this show isn’t that. However, it is moving away from that. Turning people’s heartbreaking trauma into entertainment isn’t exciting or tantalizing, honestly it’s too fucking too much.

Liz Kocan is a pop culture writer living in Massachusetts. Her biggest claim to fame is the time she won on the game show Chain reaction.

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