YouTube Review: The Mind Of Jake Paul 🧠

The Mind Of Jake Paul sometimes strayed away from its main topic, but it ultimately had a good run—especially in the later half of the series.

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The Mind Of Jake Paul. CREDIT: Shane Dawson

This post for The Mind Of Jake Paul contains spoilers.

This 8-part documentary series (2018, directed by Shane Dawson and Andrew Siwicki) which focuses on Jake Paul—his past controversies, his mind, his life—was a really long one that took place over a span of four weeks, with the entire series amounting to almost 7 hours long.

The 1 hour and 45 mins long finale featured a one-to-one interview with Jake Paul, and it covered five main points—Martinez Twins; Public Perception of Jake (pranks at the old team 10 house, his offensive music about teachers, over advertising of his merch, etc.); Alissa Violet and Logan Paul; Faze Banks assault accusation; Logan’s suicide forest video aftermath—that has been talked about a lot throughout the series.

Even though the series has eight parts, you can easily skip some parts if you are not interested in the sociopath research, or if you are already aware of the past controversies of Jake Paul because the individual interviews with Nick Crompton, Erika Costell, and Alissa Violet are all generally talking about the same things—with the main difference being the different sides of the story.

I think Alissa said it best when she told Shane how he could continue this series for “10, 15, 20 part[s]” because there’s just so many people that has beef with Jake and they have got shit to share. But I don’t think I would have the patience to sit through 40 mins long interview anymore, unless that interviewee is an important person.

The problem I have with the series is the whole sociopath angle that Shane explained he was trying to go for in Part 1 of the series, because in the finale there isn’t a conclusion as to whether Jake is indeed a sociopath. I felt like the whole idea of a sociopath was just put out there as a form of an entertaining gimmick for audiences; the sociopath idea never fully blended in with the later half of the series, and at times just felt out of place.

If anything, I think the closest indication from this series on who is a sociopath would be that Logan is more of a sociopath than Jake actually is (I’m not a therapist/psychologist don’t quote me).

Did this series ultimately change my perception of Jake Paul? Yes. But will I watch and follow Jake Paul’s content? No. Because It just isn’t my cup of tea.

I’m excited to see what else Shane has planned for his future series because I’ve been following his “less serious” videos—before Tanacon—and I love it! My favourite one is when he switched lives with Trisha Paytas—that was a hilarious one!

Rating: 4/5

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