“Waco: American Apocalypse” Comes to Netflix

After 30 years, Netflix releases a three part series on the tragic event that was Waco.

The official promotional poster for Waco: American Apocalypse.

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The official promotional poster for “Waco: American Apocalypse.”

Keirra McGoldrick, Opinion Editor

When you hear the terms “Waco Siege” or “Waco Massacre,” you may think of that one huge shoot-out between law enforcement and a religious cult in Axtell, Texas. But according to Netflix’s new docuseries, “Waco: American Apocalypse,” it was so much more than that.

The first episode portrayed the infamous gunfire battle between the religious cult, The Branch Davidians and The Bureau of Alcohol, Tabacco and Firearms. The creators of the docuseries bring in many people from the Bureau’s side to highlight firsthand accounts of what actually happened that fateful day. What’s different is that they also brought in surviving current members of the cult to tell their side. Typically, producers call on ex-members or victims, rather than current members.

The majority of docuseries, or even remakes of movies, tend to make law enforcement seem like these big white knights, always saving the day. “Waco: American Apocalypse,” shows where both sides were wrong and the mistakes the FBI made in trying to save many lives.

“There are so many questions we’ll never know about just how close the Branch Davidians might have been at certain times to surrender, but “Waco: American Apocalypse” at least offers a nuanced survey of how torture-like tactics…or threats of captivity …made those bridges of understanding even less likely,” Film Writer Nick Allen said.

This exhibits how amazing of a job Netflix did at highlighting how the police fell short in many ways.

This docuseries also explains the connections between the dreadful 51-day standoff and the Oklahoma City Bombings that took place exactly two years after the fire that happened at the Mt. Carmel Compound on April 19, and how it all could’ve been avoided if the police took proper precautions.

Netflix                psychopath that   Koresh.