Last Night’s TV – Michael Jackson: The Last Days

by Lynn Connolly

When any celebrity dies, we tend to get a memorial documentary of course, and sometimes, they’re even worth watching. However, this E! documentary was not one of them.

It primarily exploited anecdotal information from ‘friends’ of the Jackson family and ‘friends’ of Michael’s specifically. The majority of whom had nothing but nice things to say.

And fair enough; the man’s dead, he died too young and I’m not an advocate of chucking stones at the glass houses of the dead, but for those of us who tuned in expecting something beyond he-was-great messages – such as serious investigative journalism – we were disappointed.

There was no serious – or even quasi-serious – investigation into Jackson’s last days. There were some questions asked about his death yes, but quelle surprise, none of the ‘friends’ interviewed would/could shed any light on whether there was anything suspicious about his death, or if he was, as has been much speculated, addicted to prescription drugs.

What transpired instead was cliché after cliché and statements of the glaringly obvious, such as “he was troubled” and “he was the King of pop”… erm, yeah we know all that.

What we don’t know, and I imagine never will, is what truly led to the events that led to his untimely death. Just as we’ll never truly know if he was or was not a paedophile.

Anything about Jackson’s life and/or death from here on in is conjecture unless it comes from someone who was actually there and simultaneously has nothing to gain or lose from telling it like it is.

I don’t believe such a person exists. Everybody – or so it seems – around Michael Jackson who purports to have been close to him seems to be using every opportunity going to add their often rancid ingredients to the already cloudy brew that is Jackson’s life and death.

And frankly, unless the ‘investigation’ into Jackson’s last days is done by the law agencies involved, I won’t bother even tuning in to them any more. This documentary shouldn’t even have been allowed to call itself that, and much less and investigation. I’m sure it could be a trade’s descriptions issue…

In short, if you missed it, you didn’t miss a thing.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.