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Documentary series review: Shaq, 2022

After "The Last Dance", which was dedicated to the success of Michael Jordan, one of the greatest players of all time and probably the greatest of all, also Shaquille O'Neal, the huge chin is getting his own documentary series. He is a pleasant and funny person, who is addicted to the media and everything that is written about him. He had huge career records, such as four championships and almost thirty thousand career points.

After growing up in a difficult environment, with an adoptive father, who is a sergeant in the army and a single mother, he managed against all odds to become a truly great actor. Despite his unusual size (2.16 m), it took him a long time to become a predatory monster. He can be like a lovable bear, but when he loses his patience he becomes a predatory monster. He talks about his way to the top and his motivations and key figures in his life.

Shaq is only portrayed in a positive light and it's a shame. There is, for example, no mention of the huge feud he had with the late Kobe Bryant, who had a lot of hatred between the two over the years. The problem is that we are talking here only about what is convenient and not about the many problems that have arisen over the years. From the obsession off the field to the free throws, which were quite an Achilles heel during his career.

There is a scripted and unreliable dimension in the "Shack" series, which makes the story less touching and interesting. Despite Shaq's oozing charisma, there is a great deal of honesty and vulnerability missing. It seems more like a series of monologues, which mainly came to compliment and praise the star. The series lacks a lot of authenticity and exposed truth.

Despite this, there is still a fascinating story here and a character that is larger than life, that tells a great many truths that we would not have been exposed to in any other way.


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