Days after ISIS reportedly burned a Jordanian man alive, NBC plans to go ahead with its ‘Allegiance’ premiere on Feb. 5, which will feature a storyline horrifyingly similar to that real life event.
NBC certainly wants to make a statement with its new series Allegiance. In a bold (and possibly insensitive) move, the Peacock will air its premiere episode in full, which includes the loading of a human man into an oven and burning him alive as a punishment for being a traitor, and it might anger some viewers.
‘Allegiance’ Premiere: Man Burned Alive
This may piss some people off.
Though there were discussions of editing the episode and removing the scene, Allegiance will go ahead and air it untouched, which includes a graphic scene of a traitor getting burned alive.
Though the pilot episode was filmed over a year ago, it will air just days after a pilot from Jordan was reportedly burned alive by members of ISIS, prompting some to think the network should rethink the decision to air the scene.
To make matters worse, the scene is particularly graphic as it will not only depict the man being incinerated but also a crowd of onlookers watching the events take place.
Delicate Subject Matter
NBC faced an eerily similar situation earlier this year with its other action-packed drama State of Affairs.
As that pilot was set to air– though it too had been filmed a year prior– the ISIS beheadings had just taken place. The scene ultimately did run, however, the network cut it down slightly to make it less brutal.
Allegiance is, per NBC, a “high-octane thriller that revolves around the O’Connor family and their son, Alex (Gavin Stenhouse), a young idealistic CIA analyst specializing in Russian affairs. Unbeknownst to him, both of his parents and his sister are part of a dormant Russian sleeper cell that has just been reactivated.
Do you think Allegiance should edit out the scene?
— Casey Mink