“Trigger Warning with Killer Mike” is Brilliant in Concept But Mixed in Execution
I don’t follow rap music at all, so for a long time I wasn’t familiar with Killer Mike or his group, Run the Jewels. That is, until I began seeing him campaign with Bernie Sanders and appearing on political shows such as Real Time with Bill Maher. Killer Mike is an incredibly passionate activist who has used his platform to champion social issues. I have a lot of respect for people who utilize their platform to fight for what is right, especially when there are so many people with a platform who “don’t want to get into politics.”
So it was with great interest that I watched his 2019 Netflix series, Trigger Warning with Killer Mike, which is part of Netflix’s Black Lives Matter Collection. Comprised of six episodes, each episode involves a different social experiment that goes on to prove a larger point about the state of our society. These range from living entirely on Black-made products, to creating a new religion with a Black messiah, to even seceding from the United States and forming a brand new nation.
As much as I like Killer Mike and what he was going for with this series, it doesn’t feel like it quite reaches its full potential. The ideas and premises behind each episode are fantastic, but the episodes themselves don’t necessarily land as strongly as they should. Trigger Warning ultimately feels like an excellently conceived show that falters slightly in execution, as it doesn’t exactly know what it is trying to be.
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