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VICE: A Tactical Episode Guide

Updated on April 8, 2015

VICE is the news source most worthy of your trust

VICE attempts and succeeds to report on issues which mainstream media has allowed itself to largely ignore for myriad unjustifiable reasons. I urge everyone with eyeballs and ears to take note in what this organization is doing. Unbiased reporting on the world's most shockingly under-reported and misrepresented devastation.

They deliver what news promises to be.

Allow the following to be your guide in cherry picking which episodes will resonate with you. Although it may negate the importance of this guide, I personally suggest watching the pilot episode first and continuing viewership until the entire series has ravaged your worldview. (ordered newest episodes first)

NOTE: At the writing of this article, I am gleefully anticipating the VICE Season 3 launch, which promises to blow the lid off of medical developments pertaining to modern cancer treatment. By the time most people read this, they will likely have seen this revolutionary episode and be starving for more.

VICE Special Report: Killing Cancer

Surveillance City and The Forgotten War (2:12)

Surveillance City: An investigation into one of the most dangerous, crime-ridden places in all of the United States, Camden, New Jersey. Since governor Kris Kristy invoked a new militarized version of law enforcement known as Metro, the city has undergone a transformation into a pseudo police state where surveillance reigns supreme and basic human rights are threatened on a daily basis. The viewer is forced to think how they themselves would survive in this otherworldly city so close to home.

The Forgotten War: In a time when Sudanese genocide has reached the backburner of general media, and escaped the forefront of human consciousness, the Vice team heads overseas to take a look on how things have progressed. This brilliant expose delves into crowded refugee settlements, packed to the brim with rebellion, in an attempt to uncover what the future holds for such a chaotic region.

Heroin Warfare and The Coldest War (2:11)

Heroin Warfare: We are all aware of the caustic effects Heroin has in developed areas, where it leaves a trail of destruction wherever it roams, but little if any light has been shed on the devastation this substance wreaks on the developing countries in which the drug is produced. What the team finds is that heroin use is shockingly proliferate in this country of origin, Iran. Vice brings the viewer disconcertingly close to the everyday lives of these most disregarded users, and the gut-wrenching violence that results from this phenomenon.

The Coldest War: Global warming threatens to melt unbelievably vast quantities of ice that would otherwise be covering strategic landmasses, such as the Arctic Circle. Russia has already made known its intention to overtake this area as a geographically strategic base. This has prompted Cold Response, which is the largest comparable military exercise after the Cold War. Vice catches a ride with a group of soldiers from Norway and lands smack dab in the middle of this imminent war zone. Later in the episode reveals America's role in this real-life war game. The serious threat of a future, large-scale war is brought to light in this exquisite episode.

Playing with Nuclear Fire and No Man Left Behind (2:10)

Playing with Nuclear Fire: Disregarding all rational warnings of radioactive exposure and other threats, the Vice team delves into the nuclear reactor disaster that plagued Fukuhsima, Japan. The team physically visits actual sites exposed to nuclear fallout and discusses the impact of this event on local communities as well as the worldwide attitude toward nuclear energy. Present in this episode are discussions on the role of negligence in the failure, and the possibility that this event could repeat at sites around the world.

No Man Left Behind: A discussion on the current health crisis that plagues veterans as they attempt to return home from our country's audacious multiple wars. The Vice team visits with affected troops in order to uncover how the effects of battle ravage their everyday lives trying to re-assimilate into our culture. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and its effects on veterans' ability to function, is a key topic in this brilliant expose.

Crude Awakening and The Enemy of My Enemy (2:9)

Crude Awakening: The effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 were largely successfully covered up by the mainstream media and the malevolent forces that pull its strings. This episode seeks to extract worrisome truths about the disaster's lasting effects, which have been strategically clouded. The rampant use of the solvent Corexit is challenged as the team exposes its abundant health threats to the environment and the local communities that rely on the gulf coast for their livelihood. The US government is also challenged, as it is responsible for the well being of the people it supposedly represents.

The Enemy of my Enemy: The Vice team exposes Yemen as a sanctuary for one of the most imminent threats to the United States, Al Qaeda. They team up with a militant force known as the Houthis to get front line access to this struggle's most violent epicenter. What they discover is that not only are the Houthis singlehandedly confronting all of their opposition, they are also winning. What comes to light is the shocking ease of access these forces have to advanced weaponry in their effort to battle our common enemy.

The Resource Curse and Deliver Us from Drought (2:8)

The Resource Curse: The discovery that a country lies on an expansive cache of natural resources does not always bode well for the people inhabiting these areas. What too-often happens is that outside forces, such as Exxon-Mobil, work with local governments to strip the land of these valuable assets, while barring local communities from the profits they knowingly deserve. This episode deals with this exact phenomenon that is currently transpiring in Papua, New Guinea.

Deliver Us from Drought: Global Climate change has long been an accepted reality of our modern world. We know that average temperatures are increasing, and we know that it is our fault. The failure of governing bodies to admit this fact has had direct consequences in our ability to act. As our world is subjected to unprecedented drought, the propaganda campaign leaves the global population with a damaging sense of doubt. In this episode, the team visits Texas to see how the locals are combating the effects on their livelihood. What they find, shockingly is that the most widely accepted mechanism for change is prayer.

The Pink Gang Rebellion and Genetic Passport (2:7)

The Pink Gang Rebellion: In a socioeconomic world where equal rights are a foreign concept, one woman has made it her life's mission to combat what is arguably the single biggest threat to women's safety, rape. The Vice team meets up with The Pink Gang Rebellion in order to shed light on how this revolutionary movement is taking hold in India.

Genetic Passport: Following the devastating nuclear testing in Kazakhstan, reports began to pour in about the consequences of this activity. Chief among these are deadly radiation poisoning that persists decades thereafter, and the horrendous genetic manipulations that result. The Vice team explores the blatant disregard for humanity that made possible this egregious attack on humanity. Possible solutions for the effects of this event include imposing a "genetic passport" which could dictate who would be deemed genetically acceptable to reproduce.

Rocky Mountain High and North Korean Defectors (2:6)

Rocky Mountain High: In response to the increasing public awareness regarding marijuana legalization, and the trend toward social acceptance, Vice visits the hub of activity for the marijuana industry within Colorado. The team interviews factions on all sides of this hazy situation, the owners of budding legal dispensaries, the CEOs of thriving new manufacturing bases, and armed escorts who are finding themselves on an unfamiliar side of the law. Also discussed are the economic implications of new legislation regarding legal weed.

North Korean Defectors: Many think that crossing the border from North Korea marks the crescendo of their journey toward freedom. What this episode uncovers is that entering South Korea is just the beginning of these impoverished people's quest for a life that more closely resembles normalcy as they face discrimination and racism in a land which promised a bright new beginning. Also discussed is the brave social movement to provide these refugees with a platform for acceptance and support.

Terrorist University and Armageddon Now (2:5)

Terrorist University: When we think of higher education and universities, what likely comes to mind is the personal realization of higher intelligence and the bettering of mankind. This could not be further from the truth in the terrorist training camps which take the term "university" down a desperately violent road. Shane Smith himself travels to Dagestan to report on child suicide bombers and the forces that recruit them in this enlightening episode.

Armageddon Now: In this episode, we learn that Christians are one of the most lucrative groups funding Israel, though their reasons for doing so may circumvent traditional altruism. This episode joins a congregation of born-again Christians as they wander holy sites in their quest for a greater understanding of the Apocalypse, and learn how they may contribute to the expedited manifestation of the second coming of their lord.

A Syria Of Their Own and White Gold (2:4)

A Syria of Their Own: This episode explores a group called the Kurds, who actively dissociate themselves from the abusive notions that surround them. The gang travels to the deadly front lines in Syria to learn more about how this group is fighting for their relatively westernized moral system. The piece makes us wonder why we aren't hearing more about this forgotten group.

White Gold: In probably the most visually devastating episode in the whole series, the Vice team travels to Vietnam in order to uncover the driving economic forces in Rhino horn trade. Interviews with users of this mistakenly medicinal substance expose the real causes of this horrific phenomenon. Later, they hop a plane to South Africa to see for themselves how this industry is ravaging a majestic species for absolutely no reason.

American Scrap and Children of the Drones (2:3)

American Scrap: Following the collapse of America's industrial manufacturing base, these abandoned regions have left countless humans struggling to make a living with absolutely no economic, social, or governmental support system. Many of these individuals have taken to systematically dismantling the infrastructure of these once great cities in an effort to survive.

Children of the Drones: One of the most plaguing questions facing our industrial war complex is how to deal with international threats without losing its remaining shred of popular approval by putting boots on the ground. We have attempted to solve this conundrum by increasing presumably tactical air strikes and funding drone programs. This episode investigates the cultural response to Pakistan becoming littered with spent artillery casings and bombshells which are proudly stamped "USA" on the side.

Greenland Is Melting and Bonded Labor (2:2)

Greenland Is Melting: This visually stunning episode takes place on the rapidly dwindling glacial reserves in Greenland. Viewers become awestruck as immense calving events take place in real time during the show. Climatologists use visual aids to illustrate the ludicrously expeditious rate of ice loss. The topic of imminent threats due to global warming is effectively driven home in the most scientifically manner possible.

Bonded Labor: Slavery is alive and well in what we to call this modern world. This episide examines forced labor camps that are made possible by educational deficiencies, lack of infrastructure, and systematic governmental negligence. The team visits the brick kilns of Pakistan to interview real life bonded laborers and shed light on this despicable practice.

Afghan Money Pit and The Pacification of Rio (2:1)

Afghan Money Pit: Most of us agree that the Afghanistan war is a gross misuse of tax revenues. What is less common knowledge is that this money is all too frequently and blatantly misappropriated. The Vice team travels to Afghanistan military outposts and discover that much of the time, contractors are purposefully destroying resources in order to sell the scrap to aggressive forces for a nice profit.

The Pacification of Rio: It is common knowledge that countries like North Korea take part in sophisticated disinformation campaigns in order to deceive the world and shadow unspeakable human rights abuses. What is less known is a similar practice is happening in a place commonly associated with thriving tourism and social freedoms. Rio do Janeiro is a sanctuary for murderous drug cartels, but this fact is largely swept under the rug by way of tactical disinformation practices that actively disrupt the local community.

VICE: Season 1

The Hermit Kingdom (1:10)

Basketball Diplomacy: Few people are allowed within the secretive, so-called Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Even fewer are allowed to roam the streets with a fully outfitted news crew. Under the apparent guise of harmless sports reporting, the Vice team infiltrates this mysterious country and exposes tremendous human rights abuses. Though the local community is hesitant, and in most cases fully unwilling, to speak out against the "supreme leader's" regime, the effects of this ruthless dictatorship are all too apparent. Oh, and they play some basketball.

Gangs & Oil (1:9)

Chiraq: Colloquially named for Chicago's apparent resemblance to irreversibly violent Iraq, the gang reports on this once great city's recent collapse, and consequences of a failed state within America's boarders. Into a place where governmental infrastructure has been replaced by gang violence and the law of bloodshed, Vice boldly goes in this thrilling episode.

Nigeria's Oil Pirates: Facing devastating economic hardships due to an increasingly apathetic government, the population surrounding the River Delta in Nigeria has taken to a new source of employment. These exciting new careers include crude oil hijacker, armed transport detail, and even the entrepreneurial black market oil refiner.

Fighting Chances (1:8)

Senegalese Laamb Wrestling: In the impoverished land of Senegal, there is really only one semi-practical hope at making it big, become a Laamb fighter. This episode follows arguably the most scrawny Vice correspondent in his journey to become a contender in this sport comprised of brute strength and superstition.

The World is Sinking: It has long been a well known fact, among the cognitively able, that global warming threatens the Earth with glacial melting and the subsequent increase in global sea levels. Vice travels the world to bring to light how this phenomenon will affect major cities, and how some nations are experiencing this fatal trend already.

Addiction (1:7)

Tobaccoland: Most of the educated world has accepted the fact that cigarettes, and tobacco in general, is hazardous to our health. The team explores the social and medical landscape of a country that has yet to receive this notice. In parts of Indonesia, smoking is highly commonplace and sometimes championed as the forefront of medical practice. Yes, really.

Underground Heroin Clinic: In this mind-bending episode, the team follows a rogue group of hopeful addicts on their path to Mexico where they await the administering of a powerful hallucinogenic. This potent trip apparently shocks the nervous system to its core and results in a fundamental change in the roots of addiction.

Corruption (1:6)

China's Ghost Towns: International real estate speculation is controlled by some of the most powerful financial powerhouses in the world. Vice explores what happens when these developments miss the mark, to a devastatingly hopeless degree.

Egypt On The Brink: The Arab Spring fundamentally altered relative balance of governmental regimes in the Middle East. In Egypt, the factions that now occupy the subsequent power gap are more radical and violent than ever before. Vice explores the deadly consequences.

Winners & Losers (1:5)

Mormon Lost Boys: This episode dives headfirst into the lives of discarded youth of the religious cult FLDS. Cast out by their brainwashed families, these young boys seek to make a new life in an unfamiliar world while being constantly haunted by the lives they have forcibly left behind.

The Fat Farms of Mauritania: In a place where food is incredibly scarce, being plus-sized is a sign of socioeconomic status and physical beauty. Vice travels to Mauritania to take part in one of these so called "fat farms," in an effort to more personally experience this deadly practice.

Mumbai Slumscraper: In western civilization, a common political topic is increasingly cavernous wealth inequality. Taking place between the slums and skyscraper homes of Mumbia, this expose reveals that we haven't seen anything yet.

Love & Rockets (1:4)

Chinese Cockblock: The effects of China's one child policy include the hopeless desperation of bachelors looking for a date. In a land where marriage is influenced by monetary incentives and parents are effectively discouraged from having female offspring, this issue is paramount.

European Meltdown: Following the recent global financial collapse, European youths are redefining their role in societal integration. Joblessness and financial instability fuels the fire of rebellion in this revolutionary expose.

Guns & Ammo (1:3)

Gun School: In a country well-known for its Second Amendment, the implications of this freedom make itself aggressively apparent in the state of New Mexico. The Vice team explores one school where tactical training is mandatory and the faculty is armed and ready.

Toxic Iraq: The consequences of our military industrial complex's occupation of Iraq are even more devastating than we could have ever imagined. Perhaps one of the most worrying facts surrounding our decision to scatter an unimaginable amount of weaponry about this state is the realization that the land itself is now toxic to life.

Bad Borders (1:2)

Escape from North Korea: In an effort to escape the inhuman conditions of their homeland, and the oppressive regime that controls the minds of millions, some North Koreans have embarked on a journey toward freedom. Vice joins a group of defectors in a deadly run for the border.

The World's Most Dangerous Border: The militarized area between Pakistan and India, the line of control in Kashmir, is the most deadly war zone on the planet. This Vice team risks life and limb in this brilliant expose in an effort to uncover the ruthless extent of this militant unrest.

Killer Kids (1:1)

Assassination Nation: The partisan campaigns that most individuals in western nations dread are nothing compared to the militarized political factions that are commonplace within the Philippines. Here, running for office mandates a heavily weaponized detail and the constant threat of imminent assassination of candidates. The Vice team gets up close and personal to find more.

The Killer Kids of the Taliban: The deceptive promise of eternal salvation made to young Afghan children is the catalyst for innumerable suicide bombings performed by ill informed children. In this episode, Shane Smith himself travels to the heart of the Taliban, and is granted exclusive access to interview some of these would-be martyrs.


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    • CatherineGiordano profile image

      Catherine Giordano 

      3 years ago from Orlando Florida

      You are right. More people should know about this series. It is very well dodne.

    • Luke M Simmons profile imageAUTHOR

      Luke M. Simmons 

      3 years ago from Encinitas, California

      @Catherine: The title threw me off at first as well. I feel like many people are hesitant to give it a try, thinking it's another cheap reality show about interventions or something lame like that. That's part of the reason I wanted to do my part in introducing this wonderful series to the world.

    • CatherineGiordano profile image

      Catherine Giordano 

      3 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I saw the one on cancer and I was very impressed. I have a few on my VCR now. Thanks for filling me in on the ones I missed. Calling the show "Vice" misled me as to what it was about. Voted up and I.


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