Oh yes...I'm watching it and have the series DVRed in case I miss an episode. Years ago when everyone was making fun of Tom Cruise for being a Scientologist I decided to do a bit of reading up on it out of curiosity. It definitely struck me as weird/spacey but seemed to promote positive philosophies so I left my opinion at "Eh, live and let live".
When Leah Remini very publicly left the church things started to bubble up with the church trying to silence her efforts to expose what the religion ("cult") was really about...that intrigued me. Why was it such a big deal that she left the church? I didn't get it (I left my church years ago and all that happened was little guilt trips here and there when I bumped into little old church ladies at the grocery store or something)
From what I understand she put out a book to tell her story and when she did that all of these ex-scientologists came out of the woodwork with stories of their own to tell. The lengths that Scientology goes to, to brainwash, alienate, abuse, silence and destroy people is insane. I know a lot of crazy things happen in this country but to watch this series lets me know just how much I don't know. This is a billion dollar business right under our noses with huge properties in CA and secret, secluded compounds all over that I had no idea even existed...and people are being held captive in them.
I said the same thing about how the leader of the church was kicking people's asses (yeah right, I'd never allow that) but then as I sit and watch these grown, intelligent, seemingly able-bodied men tell their stories I realize just how powerful rank can be. One of them even said that he understood how people would say "well I'd just kick that dude's ass if he laid a finger on me" and his response was something the effect of, "Would you punch an Admiral in the face?" making the analogy that the leader of this church was the equivalent of a pope, an admiral, etc. When he put it that way I had to contemplate it from that perspective...very interesting.