the vow part 2

Just once I suppose I’m out, The Vow has pulled me again in. After 2020’s two competing docuseries about NXIVM, HBO has dropped its first teaser and launch date for The Vow Part II. And one way or the other it’s discovered an angle {that a} mixed 13 hours on HBO and Starz hasn’t lined.

In 2020, HBO’s The Vow took viewers by storm, luring them into the world of NVIXM earlier than slowly exposing it for the cult that it was. While The Vow centered extra on the logistics and scandalous tales of this group, Starz‘s Seduced: Inside the NXVIM Cult took a extra intimate strategy, specializing in India Oxenberg’s survival story. As intense as these reveals had been in addition to the specials from Investigation Discovery, CNBC, A&E, E!, NBC, and the BBC, there was one factor that all of them glossed over: Keith Raniere’s trial. That’s what The Vow Part II will cowl.

The upcoming six-part followup will premiere on Monday, October 17. “Set towards the backdrop of the federal trial of The United States towards Keith R aniere, The Vow Part Two

provides an unique view into Raniere’s innermost circle, together with NXIVM co-founder Nancy Salzman,” a press launch from HBO reads. “It follows the authorized and emotional journeys of the group’s founders, supporters, and defectors as new proof and gorgeous revelations come to gentle, whereas federal prosecutors and protection attorneys battle with opposing views of justice in a case caught within the nationwide highlight.”

Though The Vow did discover Raniere’s trial a bit, it was launched too early to incorporate the total chaos. Raniere was arrested in Mexico in March of 2018 and positioned in custody in Brooklyn at Metropolitan Detention Center. In June of 2019, Raniere’s trial concluded, and the jury discovered him responsible of a number of crimes, together with sexual exploitation of a kid, possessing little one pornography, intercourse trafficking, and trafficking of labor amongst different fees.

That ought to have been the top of this authorized saga, however then COVID-19 occurred. Due to the pandemic, Raniere’s sentencing was delayed till over a yr later. That was sufficient time for Raniere to begin a podcast and manage a number of demonstrations from his followers. Eventually, he was sentenced to 120 years in jail and fined $1.75 million. By the way in which, that wonderful doesn’t embrace the separate $3.46 million restitution that went to Raniere’s victims.

Do Raniere’s sentencing and the lawsuit he filed really want six complete hours? Probably not. But at 9 hours, The Vow was a major instance of extreme docuseries bloat. Its sequel following in its footsteps solely feels proper. Check out the trailer above and put together to be morally outraged.

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