I thought The State conveyed the journeys of would be jihadists in a sympathetic but realistic way. The makers did a lot of research and interviewed many people who have been involved in such experiences. The first episode merely supported the rosy picture painted by recruiters to encourage the naïve to enlist in “the struggle”.
The final denouement was bleak. It did not hide the fact that IS are vicious, fundamentalist scumbags.
I thought it a powerful piece of television.