Vick Part 1
- Episode aired Jan 30, 2020
A comprehensive look back at each chapter of Michael Vick's saga: the incredible rise, shocking fall, and polarizing return.A comprehensive look back at each chapter of Michael Vick's saga: the incredible rise, shocking fall, and polarizing return.A comprehensive look back at each chapter of Michael Vick's saga: the incredible rise, shocking fall, and polarizing return.
Couple of comments: this is the latest from veteran and accomplished documentarian Stanley Nelson. Here he brings us a look into the amazing rise and subsequent dramatic fall of Atlanta Falcons QB Michael Vick. Given the sensitive nature of it all, Nelson, himself African-American, can go where a caucasian director would have a much harder time to go. Also this: Michael Vick is brutally honest throughout the documentary. He sees his good fortune (and the millions and millions of dollars that come with it) as the perfect opportunity, make that obligation, to lift a bunch of his family and friends "from da hood" out of poverty and into a life they would've never been able to achieve by themselves. Of course that doesn't excuse the lapse in judgment later on (to be examined in Part 2).
Part 1 (running at about 90 min.) aired last week on ESPN in its on-going 30 For 30 sports documentary series. Part 2 airs tonight, and then of course they will be available on demand an on streaming services. Looking forward to seeing Part 2. If you have an interest in finding out more about this gifted but controversial football player, I'd readily suggest you check it out and draw your own conclusion.
*UPDATE 2/7/29 I saw Part 2 (running at about 90 min.) yesterday, and it focuses heavily on the dog fighting scandal, and Vick's eventual redemption. It makes for compelling viewing, but beware, there is plenty of footage early on regarding the dogs that many will find unsettling if not disturbing.
- Feb 6, 2020