Review – Hillary (Hulu Original)

I was kind of shocked to even learn of the existence of this before it was released, then ended up getting Hulu and decided to start watching.

The very idea of a failed presidential candidate like her, defeated and disgraced (she didn’t just lose, she lost badly, pompously acted like it was in the bag, then got egg on her face) is kind of sad.

Only thing I can figure is, she refuses to allow that huge, massive, gaping failure be the defining event of her life story. Doesn’t want that to be the end, the legacy she leaves.

I get that. I mean she’s one of the most successfully corrupt politicians in American history, but she’s still human. Problem is, a documentary recounting the whole experience isn’t likely to be strong enough to overshadow what really happened, nor is going over the loss yet again (e.g. looks behind the scenes, exclusive interviews, etc) going to help people forget she lost, or that the loss was epic. I’ll never forget.

It’s also possible the release date was set before the 2016 election was even over, as pro-Clinton propaganda to bolster her presumed re-election campaign in 2020. Her aim is probably the same either way. Reassert preferred narratives, rationalize failures…

Build a narrative counter to a legitimate Trump victory, obfuscate the reasons for her loss, pepper in excuses and rationalizations, ignore her own strategic failures and lack of stamina on the campaign trail, and reassert your place as one of the most awesomest public figures to ever grace United States politics.

Kinda what I’m expecting going into it anyways – about 20 minutes into the 1st episode and so far, that’s what I’m getting. And I don’t mean that as a knock either, at least not exclusively; based just on what little I’ve seen, it’s top-notch propaganda.

That said, until I’ve watched more that’s about all I have to say on it; these are just some of my thoughts going into it. I’m sure I’ll have more to say as I go and there are only four episodes, so whether I wrap this up in a “part 2” summarizing the whole season or go episode by episode in a 5 part review, expect more on this.