In 1953, Army scientist Frank Olson takes a fatal plunge from a hotel window. In 1975, a bombshell report ties his death to a top-secret experiment.
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Series cast summary:
...  Frank Olson 6 episodes, 2017
...  Dr. Robert Lashbrook 6 episodes, 2017
...  Himself 6 episodes, 2017
...  Vincent Ruwet 5 episodes, 2017
...  Sidney Gottlieb 5 episodes, 2017
...  Dr. Harold A. Abramson 5 episodes, 2017
...  Young Eric Olson 5 episodes, 2017
...  Alice Olson 4 episodes, 2017
...  Mal 3 episodes, 2017
...  CIA Agent 3 episodes, 2017
...  Lisa Olson 3 episodes, 2017


This six-part series explores the limits of our knowledge about the past and the lengths we'll go in our search for the truth. A family story of one man's sixty-year quest to identify the circumstances of his father's mysterious death. A quest which brings him face-to-face with some of the darkest secrets of the United States. Written by Official Synopsis

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15 December 2017 (USA)  »

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Wermut  »

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2.35 : 1
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Such an important story, but the director might have gone overboard
14 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

First the director, of whom I am a fan, is to be congratulated for bringing this important story to the screen, a sad and terrifying chapter in our history that is larger than the Frank Olson story itself and even the MK Ultra program. That said, he seems to have been constrained by production values demanded by post-Breaking Bad audiences: technical and artistic overkill, relentless musical tension, and genre-bending, when the story itself is not only mind-boggling but well-documented and essential history that is little known or understood. The length (as has been noted) is far more than necessary to tell this story. A two hour movie or a two part series would have been a more effective use of the raw material. I am however pleased to see the Frank Olson story presented with great respect, although the documentary parts were, to me, far the most compelling than the drawn out contemplative sequences. (I loved seeing footage of the confessions of US military personnel, captured in Korea during the war, to having dropped bio-warfare bombs on North Korea counterposed to their recanting the same confessions when back in the US, suggesting that the brainwashing may not explain these confessions.) I do wonder if Netflix pressured the producers to come up with a six part series for their own reasons. The full history of US intelligence black operations since World War 2 could probably fill many decades of screen time, should our media choose to bring such history to the light of day. I would love to think that this is only the beginning of such an essential exploration.

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