It’s a documentary series that revels in finding a connection to everything, to an in-depth degree, however, the selling point is Latif’s investigative work.
Netflix’s Connected season 1 will be released on the platform on August 2nd, 2020 — add it to your list.
Latif Nasser has a knack for leading in documentaries. During this Netflix series, his enthusiasm always peaks with each interview but by being encouraging, the interviewees seem to enjoy sharing their knowledge. That’s why Netflix’s Connected works. It’s a documentary series that revels in finding a connection to everything, to an in-depth degree, however, the selling point is Latif’s investigative work. It seems like he’s genuinely interested and that’s because this is his life’s work — he’s a researcher. Coupled with the fact that he also has a personality.
The first episode draws audiences in fairly easily — it’s the big hot topic: surveillance. With Edward Snowden exposing Western governments for what they truly are, the Big Brother concept is often discussed, circulating our supposed desires for privacy. Latif Nasser goes on a journey in episode 1, from tracking birds via GPS to predict hurricanes, to how Tinder has a secret desirability score and is talking to your other apps. From here, Connected is already a documentary series worth watching.
The scientific Netflix series is only 6 episodes long and it spans along various subjects to keep the viewing experiencing interesting. It’s not a patronizing watch either; the format is propped up in such a way that it’s more of an educational piece than “a matter of fact”. Like Explained, Connected brings in plenty of factoids but the episodes are on the 40-minute mark rather than bite-sized.
If you stick by the series, Latif goes from exploring poop to nukes — the range of knowledge provided is fantastic. Connected season 1 is worth everyone’s time and it adds to the streaming platform’s extensive and consistent docuseries library.
Daniel Hart is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has operated as Editor-in-Chief since 2017.