Netflix’s Terrible “MH370” Docu-Series Profits from Baseless Conspiracies

The ridiculous series MH370 exploits the anguish of families and gives attention to profit-seeking conspiracy theorists.

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The ridiculous series “MH370” exploits the anguish of families and gives attention to profit-seeking conspiracy theorists.

Netflix’s terrible docuseries “MH370” fills three 90 minute episodes with arguably insane conspiracy theories that appear to abandon all logic and reason. The series examines the 2014 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370, which remains missing to this day. While there are a few well-accepted theories based on facts and logic, this ludicrous docuseries only barely maintains the viewer’s attention through its heaps of conspiratorial garbage, disregarding actual evidence to weave a tale that sells books.

The series is divided into three episodes, each worse than the previous. Each episode explores different theories: the idea that captain Zaharie deliberately flew the plane into the Indian Ocean, the easily discredited theory that the aircraft was “electronically hijacked” by Russia and flown to Kazakhstan, and the idiotic idea that the US military shot down the aircraft over the South China Sea. The last two theories are presented by two conspiracy theorists: aviation journalist Jeff Wise and French Le Monde journalist Florence de Changy.

In a typical documentary, conspiracy theorists are presented as the opposition, and granted a few seconds of screen time to rant about “government coverups” and “top secret military cargo.” However, “MH370” reverses this, disregarding all available evidence to the contrary to present a deeply flawed sequence of events to the viewer. Wise and de Changy are treated like renowned aviation experts, fighting a noble war against the “mainstream media” and the supposed massive coverups involving dozens of countries.

The conspiratorial nuts interviewed in this series are also profiting off of the attention they stand to receive from it. Both Wise and de Changy have written books about their theories, and each of them will likely see an increase in sales following the publication of the series. It also uses a significant amount of footage showing the anguish of families following the crash, and it simply feels wrong to use their suffering to profit and advance one’s own agenda of theories.

Ultimately, this series serves a purpose: to make money, and sell books. The creators were obviously not interested in creating a thought-provoking series using logic and reason; rather, they used fragments of information to create a nice story, one that might intrigue an unfamiliar Netflix watcher and get them to buy a book. One can’t call this a “docuseries,” as that implies the use of evidence. Instead, this is a tale, equivalent in factuality to other Netflix series such as “Stranger Things” or “Outer Banks.” For those interested in the disappearance of flight 370, consider seeking information elsewhere than this dumpster fire of a series.