While there is a great deal of rare historical footage, this production doesn't provide any in-depth analysis of the man and his candidacy. The lack of narration is both jarring and telling. Any analytical narrative would have emphasized the fact that, while popular and symbolic, RFK's candidacy had little substance. He became a hero to the Latinos and (to a lesser extent) African-Americans, but he never articulated a real plan or proposed a practical policy that would have improved their plight. He conveniently transformed his image from a Hawk in 1962 to a Dove in 1968 once he saw the political capital in representing the peace movement. Yet, again, he had no plan to end the conflict in Vietnam. I firmly believe RFK was in support of civil rights and peace, but it takes more than a family name and compassion to be an effective leader. I doubt RFK would have gone down in history as an effective president had he lived to be elected.
The fourth and last episode of this series tips the hand of the producers. If it wasn't apparent in the first three episodes, the message of the fourth was clearly that the country could have been "fixed" if RFK had lived. That of course is pure speculation and, as I wrote earlier, is doubtful. The last episode is little more than blatant hero worship. The final episode also spends too much time on pointless conspiracy theories, theories which attempt to amplify RFK's real importance by suggesting that a higher level of authority considered him a threat and had him eliminated. Sadly, it was only the maniacal actions of mentally-disturbed man that tragically ended the candidacy of Robert Kennedy.
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