Here is Balladeer’s Blog’s review of the hot new cable series Agents of I.S.L.A.M. from cult director Eddie Wozniak who also has a producer’s credit on this edgy and irreverent new show.
Agents of I.S.L.A.M. features a global network of loosely affiliated religious fanatics, though what particular faith they belong to is never specified on the program. Their organization’s acronym stands for Intolerant Savages Loathing All Modernity so your guess is as good as mine if they represent a real religion or if they are presented as a composite of multiple belief systems.
Last night’s debut episode presented the title villains involved in the genital mutilation of an entire village full of women. Even worse is the way they treat women like slaves and consider them nothing but chattel according to the dictates of their blood-soaked religious book – the title of which is never given for some reason. The barbaric bad guys even beheaded everyone who disagreed with them or refused to convert to their homophobic, misogynistic, xenophobic and otherwise intolerant faith.
This first episode was concerned mostly with establishing the whys and wherefores of this bizarre and bloody religion and played like a Category 3 Hong Kong horror film given the non-stop death and dismemberment. It’s hard to believe any real-world religion could behave this way without drawing the condemnation of the entire international community so the show loses a few points for lack of realism on that score. Plus surely international feminists would not remain silent about a movement that inflicts such atrocities on women on a daily basis.
Hopefully we’ll get a little more character development as the series progresses. And I would hope at some point that Wozniak stops playing it so close to the vest with which world religion he’s trying to indict with this show. He’s not the guys from Lost or David Lynch with Twin Peaks – he’d better resolve some of the mysteries he’s spreading around with this series.
Overall Agents of I.S.L.A.M. is a promising show but it remains to be seen where the larger story is headed. Wozniak also needs to tone it down a little. C’mon, now! Beheadings in the 21st Century? What kind of savages would behave like that?
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