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I watched the first episode and that was more than enough for me to see that there's nothing of substance in the documentary. It's done in a light way, with quick cross edits and inane music-- almost like it's about some kind of fun adventure or game. The interviews with "top Q interpreters" confirms that they are woefully ignorant. "I knew instantly after reading the first Q drop that this was legit, this was for real," says one person who became a "respected" Q-Tuber, if you can call a Q-tuber "respectable!" Catch phrases (wwg1wga, follow the plan, calm before the storm, etc.) replace specific and logically linked statements. It comes across as comical, until you remember January 6, 2021. Then you realize that this is not remotely entertaining, it's an utterly disgusting sign that the lowest levels of mass culture have now infiltrated serious discussions of our political situation and future. It's as if the most stupid aspects of video gaming, professional wrestling culture and quack religion all came together and culminated in a movement that targets the US government. Any doc on *that* needs to be far more thoughtful and serious than this. The Q movement deserves more intelligent analysis and discussion than it gets here, considering the role it has played in election of 2020 and the insurrection of 2021.
I have no idea what the Q movement was really about. Was it an attempt to get around mainstream media brainwashing? Was it a psyop meant to discredit those who don't trust the establishment? In truth, I really have no idea. It did bring to light facts that are not shown in propaganda media. It also hinted at very dark forces in this world without giving tangible proof. Or at least not much proof. Many people believed in Q because many people don't trust those in charge. It would be a mistake to discount them or laugh them off as loons. The question should be asked...why did so many people believe in Q? The more you know...
This doc discovers who is most likely the source of the dangerous Q fakery. He SHOULD BE MADE TO PAY for his role in what has happened, the mass manipulation. Number 45 should be made to pay, too. In the way we make all those who commit treason against us pay. And the act of misinformation masquerading as information should be made illegal in the United States again. Bring back the Fair Use Doctrine and consumer protections. News is a product. It effects our votes; it's not an optional product but a necessity required for an "informed democracy" to function. Bad information has proven itself to be more dangerous than a can of botulism-toxin laced chicken soup. It has killed, so far, over half a million of United States citizens (Coronavirus). I've formulated these views militantly after watching this. It is possible for one man to ruin the world. STOP HIM. Remember "The Paradox of Tolerance"...
For scope: The famine deaths under Stalin's reign happened--not because Stalin intentionally wanted his citizens to die--but because he preferred to focus his attentions on other matters instead. Those Russians died of gross neglect. He did not kill them; he let them perish. How will history remember what the United States of America did in response when seeing our own elected leader do the same?
I watched this on HBO max, not here. My review is legit. All that said, it drags on for too long. The research took too many years. Journalistic integrity calls for a level of caution that is ridiculous in light of the charges that can be wrought against the subject.
I've watched Ep 1-4 so far. With only two episodes left, I'm not confident that this doc is going to cover how much destruction Q has caused, especially among families who literally feel like they have lost loved ones to this conspiracy theory cult, kids who feel like their parent is literally just gone and they don't even recognize them anymore.
He's touched on some of the major players, especially Jim and Ron Watkins, and at least seems to be steering in the right direction that this was a LARP from the beginning. I'm also not sure whether he's going to get into how much of a cash cow that a whole slew of Q influencers have been able to turn this into. Podcasts, books, merch, donations, "Disarm the Deep State PAC" (eyeroll). The top tier influencers have bilked anons for millions with the depraved efficiency of a televangelist... which seems fitting for a conspiracy theory web that is ultimately controlled by an online porn magnate living in the Philippines.
I hope the last two episodes close some of those gaps and then I'll add some stars.
I watched this documentary series in order to learn about the nature of Q-Anon. I live in the mid-South where most of the populace worships Trump and refuses to wear masks. I know people who thought the January 6 Insurrection was a really great thing. Given that, I hoped to find out why people I used to consider good and honorable had changed so radically. This doc did NOT enlighten me. I know more about the dark web, yes. I know more about threats to freedom of speech, but...uh...I have absolutely no understanding of why people I used to consider friends have gone absolutely bonkers with rage.