A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
CIA is responsible for many secretive, often unethical activities.
Positive Role Models
Eric Olson is committed to finding out what happened to his father.
Violence & Scariness
Suicide a major theme. Cold War concerns, including espionage, killings, and other activities discussed.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Experimental use of LSD is a major theme. Beer, hard alcohol occasionally consumed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wormwood is a dark docudrama about the death of a civilian military scientist in the 1950s, and the efforts to learn about the facts surrounding it decades later. Suicide and LSD drug experimentation are major themes, as are the covert tactics used by the CIA during the Cold War. Words like "goddamn" and "hell" are audible. Given the subject matter, most teens won't be drawn to it, and some viewers will find it disturbing, but conspiracy lovers will enjoy its unique storytelling style.
Is It Any Good?
This collage-like, dark series blends interviews, media footage, and actor reenactments (of possibly imagined events) to create a unique but troubling documentary. The story jumps back and forth between 1953 and 1975 to reveal what happened to Frank Olson and his family while highlighting the U.S. government's late response to his death. Contemporary conversations with Eric Olson and his lawyer, most of which reveal how they have gone about trying to get answers, help put these moments in context.
The fictional dramatizations of Frank Olson's ordeal, including his alleged paranoid reactions to the drugs he was given, and the CIA's efforts to manipulate him as he struggled, are filled with sinister moments. The less theatrical reveals of the CIA's covert Cold War tactics, including illicit drug testing and espionage, are equally disturbing. Wormwood is an interesting watch, but one that raises a lot more questions than answers, and it's as entertaining as it is informative.
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