The Patriot Act - The Netflix Original That Gets Real
By Sarah Kamal
Most Netflix series release their episodes simultaneously, allowing viewers to binge-watch them. “The Patriot Act,” on the other hand, does not allow for its viewers to relish in instant gratification and instead releases only one episode per week. With a show like “The Patriot Act,” it is essential to release weekly episodes in order to keep up with the current events in the world.
“The Patriot Act” originally aired with its first two episodes on October 28, 2018. In this show, comedian and former star of “The Daily Show” Hasan Minhaj takes a look at different social and political events happening around the world and analyzes them with facts, opinions, and humor. The show tactfully strikes a balance of light-weight humor while highlighting the world’s emotionally-heavy current events to deliver accurate information through an engaging and interesting lens.
In one of the first episodes, entitled “Affirmative Action,” Minhaj discusses the ongoing Supreme Court case where Asian American students brought suit against Harvard for racial discrimination. As an Indian-American himself, Minhaj weighs in with his personal opinions about the case and how it will affect the future for affirmative action and, consequently, incoming college students everywhere. Minhaj said, “Dismantling affirmative action won’t get rid of implicit bias or automatically make Harvard more fair. If you really want to make Harvard more fair you have to dismantle this.” He then goes on to show several news clips explaining what legacy admissions are and how it is primarily an Affirmative Action for the white and the wealthy. He discusses many valid points and urges members in his own community to pursue changes that will effectively make admission policies more fair.
One of the most interesting aspects of the show is the way that information is presented. Minhaj presents on a stage in front of a live audience with screens behind him that display different images, reports, charts, and information. The stage allows him to move around which complements his upbeat and energetic personality. It differs from other commentary shows that typically have their host sit at a desk or have one small screen behind them. “The Patriot Act” keeps its episodes fast-paced to cover a lot of information and many different ideas in a short period of time.
“The Patriot Act” is a good way for people to stay about our world in a way that will not bore them. Many of the topics Minhaj chooses to touch upon are stories that are not displayed on the covers of newspapers. They are real and often daunting issues that must be talked about in order to promote any kind of change. You can watch new episodes of “The Patriot Act” every Sunday on Netflix.