This high-quality series about the infamous UFO cult could be recommended on the strength of its production dream team alone: it includes Pineapple Media lead Ann Hepperman (see also Serendipity), the team behind Missing Richard Simmons, Peter Clowney (The Longest Shortest Time, etc), plus Snap and Spooked host Glynn Washington. In this first of 10 episodes, we are introduced to the incident that made Heaven's Gate infamous: the mass suicide of 39 people, who believed they were transitioning to a new life aboard a spaceship. The grim details are known, and mind-boggling. What isn't fully understood is why and how the group came to this point - or, more broadly, how any cult obscures reality and swallows its members - and this episode frames that as the larger question of the series. A skilled narrator, Washington brings his unique experience to the telling: he himself grew up in a cult-y religious society. Appointment listening for the weeks ahead.
From: Pineapple Street/Midroll
Released: 18 October 2017