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"Illusion Network" is not a masterpiece, but it is also far from a fall. Among all the docu-series that Netflix puts out it occupies a good place somewhere in the middle of the scale



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Netflix's new docu-series fills the "Oops, there's nothing to see" vacuum

"Illusion Network" is not a masterpiece, but it is also far from a fall.

Among all the docu-series that Netflix puts out it occupies a good place somewhere in the middle of the scale

David Rosenthal

06/07/2022

Wednesday, 06 July 2022, 09:13 Updated: 09:25

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Illusion Network (Photo: Screenshot, Netflix)

A young girl is standing in front of her phone.

A message pops up on the screen from an anonymous harasser, who has just informed her that he has her Facebook account, bank and emails.

She knows this is true, and then he types in the sentence that would shake every woman's world.



"If you send me a picture of your boobs your life will not be ruined."



Online extortion in general and sex extortion in particular (Sextortion) is not a new phenomenon. A study published in the UK in 2019 shows that skilled extortionists can reach about $ 500,000 within a few months. Larger than the small steps of the arms of the law, so that the phenomenon of sexual extortion only continues to spread, literally.



But sexual extortion is just a small tier of the dangers that surround the network, presented by the docu-series "Illusion Network: Death, Lies and the Internet" that aired last month on Netflix.

From brutal tensions that end in death, through Pike News reports that end in hacking into the Capitol to crimes on online sites and money laundering, the six-episode series gives a broad glimpse into the phenomena that existed before the Nigerian prince and rich uncle who bequeathed 12 million pounds over the years were born. The corona.

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I have a fondness for Netflix's short docu-series, especially those with the independent episodes that do not create a commitment (like, for example, "Dirty Money").

The main problem with "Illusion Network" is its opening conditions, which carry one major hump that is called "anachronism".

After all, it seems that we have already seen and experienced everything, the phrase "Pike News" that we have swallowed in recent years has come out of every possible hole.

Are internet dangers issues that can still be raised without rolling our eyes and declaring "it's so 2008"?



On a principled level, the answer is yes.

After all, people today are smarter than they were a decade ago and even a year ago and still millions of scams, extortion and injustices are committed every year.

At the television level the answer to this question is not unequivocal.

In some cases, the "illusion network" manages to circumvent the obsolescence, ostensibly, of the subject, and in other cases it devotes itself to obsolescence and highlights its lack of necessity.



The first episode, which deals with Swatting (a false police alarm to another person's house in order to arrest him and cause him discomfort, to say the least) was well constructed and was shaky.

The fourth chapter on sexual blackmail also managed to move the needle of emotion, but alongside them were also fallen chapters, especially the third chapter ("I am not a Nazi"), which deals with the penetration of the far right in the United States into the mainstream.

The safe stock turned out to be a resounding flop

Seemingly, this is a super-interesting and up-to-date issue, because only a year and a half ago thousands of people banded together and broke into the Capitol, and it is intriguing to get into the depths of the mechanism that allowed them to do so.

But it is precisely this episode that turns out to be a great disappointment, a monster of boredom and an inability to innovate.

Whether it's Samantha's poor storytelling ability or an unbelievable editorial work, it's the safest stock of the series that turned out to be a resounding flop.



Overall, "Illusion Network" is not a masterpiece, but also far from a fall.

Among all the docu-ris that Netflix puts out it occupies a good place somewhere in the middle of the scale.

If you've finished "Strange Things" or other series, it fits well into the after-party box and fills the "Oops, Nothing to See" vacuum.

Crime and scam lovers will enjoy at least some of the episodes.

In a reality where an abundance of mediocrity fills our days, this is no small line.

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