Gangland Season 6 is about, yep, gangs in the US. This season covers 11 different gangs across different states in America, and looks at the history, mindset, tattoes, structure (or lack-there-of) and activities of these gangs. They also talk about what makes each of these gangs unique, though after watching the whole thing, they fundamentally aren't different.
On an emotional level, this series really pissed me off. Hearing about how the gangs abuse the rights of other people and can get away with it until a climactic point really put me in a dark mindset. If it was up to me, I'd give the police carte blanche when it comes to organised crime, if you know what I mean. I warned you my thoughts weren't pretty. Anyway, on an informative level, it was quite interesting hearing the history of some of these gangs and hearing about the thoughts and mindsets of gang-members and leaders. Some stories that were told were gripping and I couldn't wait to hear the outcomes.
It certainly wasn't intellectual however. After a few of the episodes and hearing a dozen gang members talk, they all came across as being the same. Tattoes toting their allegience, the same delusions of brotherhood and doing good for the community, greed. Most of them "retire" early from gang-life as well.
Gangland was very informative of gangs and the friction between them and the law. The amount of research that has gone into this documentary is very commendable. If you like learning about the criminal underworld -perhaps you romanticise gangs... then this is a very enjoyable (for lack of a better word) series. If, however, you're like me, and take injustice very seriously, then it's probably not for you. Since I need to be as objective as possible, this series gets an 8/10 from me.
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