Christopher Columbus was not the first person to reach America. The Vikings discovered North America centuries before Columbus. This is a fact that has been well-known for ages yet still seems to be ignored by so many people. This has been known as a Viking settlement was found in Newfoundland as far back as the 1960s proving without a doubt that they reached “the new world” well before Columbus. However, it might not have been the only Viking settlement in the region, as is revealed in a recent episode of PBS’ hit series NOVA. This past July, PBS Distribution released NOVA: Vikings Unearthed on DVD. The special two-hour episode, presented in partner with the BBC, follows researchers as they work to uncover what they believe may be a second Viking settlement in North America. If it is indeed a settlement, it would be the first discovery of a Viking settlement in North America in more than fifty years. The story that is presented in this extended episode of NOVA is the most important of its elements. It will be discussed shortly. The information that is presented throughout the story is just as important to note as the story itself. It will be discussed later. Last but hardly least of note in the program’s presentation is its pacing. It is tied directly in to the program’s information and story and is, in turn, just as important as those elements. Each element is important in its own right. When they are assembled together, they make NOVA: Vikings Unearthed a program that audiences of all interests will enjoy.
NOVA: Vikings Unearthed is an episode of PBS’ hit history and science based series that audiences of all types will enjoy. It is a program that students and lovers of history will enjoy just as much as students and lovers of archaeology and even anthropology. That is because its story touches on all three sciences. The story in question follows a group of researchers from The University of Alabama at Birmingham as they chase down what they believe could be a long-lost Viking settlement at Point Rosee. Point Rosee is a location in Southwestern Newfoundland. As a setup to the central story, the program provides an in-depth history of the Vikings and how they eventually became the infamous seafaring people that are known the world over today. While the central story isn’t presented until later in the second half of the program, it is still fully engaging. It leaves audiences engaged because of the surprises that are revealed in the group’s research. Even up to the end, the answer is still not entirely conclusive. That means that the program’s story still leaves plenty of room for discussion even after it ends. Considering this and the story itself, the story forms a solid foundation for this episode of NOVA. The story is by itself an important part of the episode’s presentation. It is not the only key element to consider in examining the episode’s presentation. The information that is presented within the story is just as important to the program’s presentation as its story.
The story at the center of NOVA: Vikings Unearthed is in itself a hugely important part of the program’s presentation. That is because of its ability to keep audiences completely engaged throughout the course of its two-hour run time. It is not the program’s only key element, though. The information that is presented within the story is just as important to note in the program’s presentation as its story. The in-depth background on how the Vikings became the feared seafaring raiders that the world knows of today is one of the most interesting pieces of information provided within the program’s story. It explains how the Vikings went from living in the northern regions of Europe to eventually becoming the feared seafaring pillagers that the world knows of today. It does this by explaining how the Vikings built their sturdy ships and expertly crafted their weapons. This is just some of the interesting information presented within the program’s story. Just as interesting to note is the revelation that the Vikings might not have in fact been the blonde-haired, blue-eyed warriors that have become the stereotype today. The program reveals that many of the Vikings encountered early in their history were red-head, not just blondes or even brunettes. That is such a surprise because of the stereotype of the Vikings being big, burly, dark-haired (and blonde) warriors. The only redheaded Viking that most people know of is Erik the Red. So the seeming prominence of the red-head gene among the Viking community is in itself an interesting revelation. It is yet another key piece of information that is presented within the program’s story. It is not the story’s only other key piece of information. There is much more information that audiences will find interesting throughout the program. When that other intriguing information is joined with the information noted here, the importance of the story’s overall information proves to be just as much as that of the story. It still is not the last of the program’s important elements. The program’s pacing is just as important as its story and its information.
The story at the center of NOVA: Vikings Unleashed and the information provided therein are both key pieces of the program’s overall presentation. When they are coupled, they give audiences plenty of reason to view this episode of NOVA. They are not the program’s only key elements. The program’s pacing ties in to both its story and its companion information. That is because the pacing of the information and the pacing of the story in whole is what determines the program’s ability to keep audiences engaged. Audiences will be glad to see that between the program’s main story, its background story, and all other elements, the pacing remains relatively stable from one segment to the next. The end result is a program that, despite being two hours without any real segment breaks, is still very well-balanced in its pacing from beginning to end. In maintaining their engagement, viewers will agree that it works with the program’s story and information to make the program in whole another wholly enjoyable episode of NOVA. It is an episode that audiences of all types will enjoy.
NOVA: Vikings Unearthed is a program that audiences of all types will enjoy. Those audiences include lovers and students of history, archaeology, and anthropology. That is due to the program’s central story, the story’s companion information, and the balance of the pacing throughout it all. There is no denying the importance that each element presents to the program’s presentation. All things considered, they make this episode of NOVA another enjoyable installment of PBS’ hit science and history based series. It is available now and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store. More information on this and other episodes of NOVA is available online now at:
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