‘Command And Control’ Is An “Explosive” New Episode Of ‘American Experience’

Courtesy: PBS/PBS Distribution

Courtesy: PBS/PBS Distribution

On September 18, 1980 America narrowly escaped what could have been one of the worst nuclear disasters that it has ever experienced when a Titan II ballistic missile exploded in its silo in Damascus, Arkansas.  PBS recently profiled the near catastrophic event in a new episode of its history-based series American Experience titled American Experience: Command And Control.  This two-hour program is a visualization of author Eric Schlosser’s book by the same name.  It is a powerful presentation, too that is certain to keep its audiences enthralled just as easily as any big screen action thriller.  That is due in part to its story, its most important element.  The information that is provided within the story is just as important to note as the story itself in examining the program’s overall presentation.  The program’s dual presentation rounds out its most important elements.  Each element plays its own important part in the program’s presentation.  All things considered, they make this episode of American Experience a documentary that is certain to command and control any critic’s list of the year’s top new documentaries.

American Experience: Command And Control is the first great documentary of 2017.  This two-hour program is certain to command and control any critic’s list of the year’s top new documentaries all year.  That is due in no small part to the story at the center of the program.  The story at the center of this program follows the events that unfolded on September 18, 1980.  It follows the events almost hour-by-hour from the events ahead of the near catastrophe to the fallout (no pun intended) that followed from the event.  It is right up there with some of the biggest action flicks of the 20th century.  In fact, being a real life event and not overly embellished by Hollywood writers, it is even more enthralling. Speaking of Hollywood blockbusters, the story’s transitions are just like something that would be used in a major Hollywood production.  It is a minor element, but even as small as it is, it does so much to keep viewers entertained and engaged in the story.  It should also be noted that the story includes a rather scathing indictment of the military and its protocol as the story is told.  That indictment comes direct from those involved in the event.  It also presents a warning about the dangers of nuclear weapons and relying on nuclear buildup as it provides a history on the nuclear weapons accidents that happened before the Damascus accident.  It should be noted that considering the discussions that are raised by those involved in the accident, not every viewer will want to watch this story because of their views.  But those who are not so set in their ways will enjoy and appreciate this story and all of its elements.  Speaking of those elements, they lead into another important piece of the program’s whole, its information content.

The story at the center of AE: Command and Control is in its own way a key piece of the program’s presentation.  It is a story that is just as engaging as any Hollywood blockbuster of its kind, if not even better.  It is just one of the program’s key elements. The information that is presented throughout the story is just as important to note as the story itself.  Audiences learn over the course of the program’s two-hour run time that the 1980 incident was just one of a number of accident that had happened since the end of World War II.  There is mention of the H-Bomb incident in North Carolina and other accidents that happened before and after.  At the story’s end, audiences learn that between the Damascus incident and others, thousands of incidents had been reported by the military but not made public.  It is even revealed here that the Air Force tried to cover up the Damascus incident, which luckily didn’t turn out to be as bad as it could have been, but still could have been.  Thousands of people could have died not just in Arkansas but across the country had it been worse.  That the military didn’t initially tell the public about what was happening as it happened is understandable to a point.  It is also very troubling considering how bad the situation could have been and how many lives could have been lost.  Audiences also learn of how poorly the men involved in trying to stop the incident were treated by the military after the event as part of the presented informational content.  It probably wasn’t the first time the military has done its officers so wrongly, and definitely not the last time it has ever acted so wrongly toward those who wear the assigned uniform.  Between those revelations and other items presented throughout the program, audiences will find that the information presented throughout this program is indeed just as important to its presentation as its story.  It is not the last important element to note, either.  The program’s dual presentation rounds out its most important elements.

The story at the center of AE: Command and Control and the information that makes up the story are both key elements to the program’s presentation.  That is because of their ability to keep viewers engaged, informed, and entertained.  They combine make the program just as gripping as any big screen presentation crafted by any Hollywood screen writer.  As important as they are to the program’s presentation, they are not its only important elements.  PBS Distribution presents the program in both a standard hour-long presentation and a full two-hour presentation.  Why PBS Distribution would even go that route is anyone’s guess.  Perhaps that has to do with its use at certain levels in high school and beyond.  It is possible maybe younger high school-age viewers would only have an attention span for an hour-long presentation while older audiences would be more apt to sit the entire two-hours.  It would be interesting to find out why exactly the company went this route.  Regardless, giving audiences the option of the program’s hour or two-hour-long presentation is certain to be beneficial in one way or another depending on the setting in which each is used.  When this is set alongside the program’s story and its rich depth of information, it rounds out the program’s most important elements.  It joins with them to show once and for all why this program is such an interesting watch.  It is a piece that students and lovers of military history and history in general will appreciate.  All things considered, it is a program that will command and control any critic’s list of the year’s top new documentaries.

American Experience: Command and Control is a work that students and lovers of military history and history in general will appreciate.  It is a work that is certain to command and control any critic’s list of the year’s top new documentaries.  That is due to its wholly engaging story.  The story presented here is just as enthralling as any major Hollywood action thriller with a similar plot.  Being that it is real life, it is even more enthralling than those movies.  The information that makes up the body of the program adds even more depth to the viewing experience.  It will educate audiences and potentially shock them at the same time.  That is because of the revelations that are made throughout the program.  That audiences are given the choice to watch the program in its abbreviated, hour-long presentation and its full two-hour theatrical presentation makes the experience even more engaging.  Each element plays its own important part to the program’s presentation.  All things considered, they make this episode of American Experience a program that will command and control any critic’s list of the year’s top new documentaries.  It is available now on DVD.  It can be ordered online now via PBS’ store both by itself and in a bundle pack with Schlosser’s book.  More information on this and other episodes of American Experience is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AmericanExperiencePBS

Twitter: http://twitter.com/AmExperiencePBS

 

 

 

To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

PBS Bringing ‘Odd Squad: The Movie’ Home Later This Month

Courtesy: PBS Distribution/PBS/PBS Kids

Courtesy: PBS Distribution/PBS/PBS Kids

Things are going to get a little bit “odd” for lots of families later this month thanks to PBS Distribution.

PBS Distribution will release Odd Squad: The Movie Jan. 24 exclusively on DVD.  It marks the first time that the movie has ever been released since airing late last year on PBS Kids stations nationwide.  In its biggest adventure yet, the Odd Squad has to deal with a new group of problem solvers called The Weird Team.

The Weird Team is led by Weird Tom (Jack McBrayer—30 Rock, Despicable Me, Wreck-It Ralph) and has a gadget to solve any problem.  This forces the Odd Squad to call it quits and go back to their normal lives.  However, a discovery about that gadget leads the Odd Squad’s down time to be short-lived.

Instead of fixing problems, The Weird Team’s gadget only covers up problems instead of fixing them.  When this is revealed, the Odd Squad has to team back up to save the world from utter destruction.  Audiences can view a trailer for the movie online now here.

Odd Squad: The Movie will be released Jan. 24 exclusively on DVD.  It will retail for MSRP of $6.99.  More information on this and other Odd Squad DVDs is available online now along with games, activities and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://pbskids.org/oddsquad

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OddSquadPBS

 

 

 

To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

PBS Taking Audiences Back To Mercy Street Next Month

Courtesy: PBS/PBS Distribution

Courtesy: PBS/PBS Distribution

PBS Distribution is headed back to Mercy Street this winter.

Mercy Street: Season 2 will be released on Tuesday, Feb. 14.  It will be released on DVD (MSRP $39.99) and Blu-ray (MSRP $49.99).

The hit Civil War serial drama’s second season picks up right where its first season left off in its debut season, starting with the Seven Days’ Battle and ending at Antietam.  Audiences are also taken along for the ride as Dr. Foster, Nurse Mary and the Mansion House Staff try to balance their personal and work lives.

The show’s writers didn’t forget about the Green Family in Season Two, either.  The Green family is back again, and the growing black population in Alexandria comes into play in Season Two, too along with so much more.

While many familiar faces return for Season Two, a number of new faces come into the series, story, too.  Patina Miller (Pippin, Madam Secretary, the Hunger Games – Mockingjay: Part 1 & 2) debuts in Season Two as former slave turned abolitionist Charlotte Jenkins.

Brian F. O’Bynre also makes his debut in Season Two.  He comes on board as abolitionist Allan Pinkerton, based on the real-life Allan Pinkerton.  Pinkerton is also head of the Union Intelligence Service.

Also debuting in Mercy Street’s second season are Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, The Heidi Chronicles), Lyne Renee (Of Kings and Prophets, Strike Back, The Hippopotamus), Chris Wood (The Carrie Diaries, Vampire Diaries), William Mark McCullough (Underground) and Nyambi Nyambi (Mike & Molly).

The cast returning for the series’ second season includes Mary Elizabeth Winstead (BrainDead, 10 Cloverfield Lane, The Returned, The Spectacular Now), Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother, Liberal Arts, Disgraced), Gary Cole (Veep, The Good Wife, Enterourage) and many others.

Audiences can view a trailer for the second season of Mercy Street online now here.  Fans can pre-order Mercy Street: Season Two online now via PBS’ online store at a reduced price of $34.99 (DVD) and $44.99 (Blu-ray).  More information on Mercy Street is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.pbs.org/mercy-street

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mercystreetpbs

Twitter: http://twitter.com/MercyStreetPBS

 

 

 

To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

‘Caillou Goes For The Gold’ Deserves Its Own Medal

Courtesy: PBS Distribution

Courtesy: PBS Distribution

The weather outside is frightful for most of the country right now, so the fire is definitely so delightful.  No, this critic doesn’t want it to just snow.  However, since there’s no place to go since most events happen during spring and summer, PBS Kids has a way for families to keep their kids entertained.  That resource is the latest DVD release from the network’s kid-friendly series Caillou, Caillou Goes For The Gold.  Originally released late last July, this DVD is just as useful in cold weather months as during the summer.  That is due in part to the episodes’ underlying theme.  This will be discussed shortly.  The lessons that are taught within each episode are just as important to note here as the episodes’ underlying theme.  The bonus material included with the DVD rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own right to the DVD’s presentation.  All things considered, these three elements together make Caillou Goes For The Gold its own gold medal winner.

When PBS Distribution released Caillou Goes For The Gold late last July, the company’s intent was to tie the DVD in to the 2016 summer Olympics.  That’s all good and fine, but even now six months later, the DVD has proven to be just as important for families to watch as when it was originally released.  That is due in part to the episodes’ underlying theme. The episodes were all sports-related as the DVD was, again, meant to tie in to the Olympics.  But in the bigger picture, each episode serves to support the push for physical activity.  Whether running in a race, learning karate, swimming or other activities, each episode promotes physical activity of some sort.  Obviously outdoor physical activity is difficult while old man winter has his icy grip on the nation.  But there are facilities out there that boast heated, indoor pools and indoor walking/running tracks.  There are even indoor batting facilities where young people can go to learn to hit a ball.  Heck, there are even bowling centers in almost every city across the country.  Considering the multitude of opportunities for families to get out and get active even in colder months, that underlying theme that runs through each episode makes this DVD a win by itself.  It is just one of the elements that gives the DVD such a solid score, too.  The lessons that are taught within each of the featured episodes are just as important for audiences to note as the episodes’ underlying theme.

The underlying theme of physical activity’s importance runs through all 11 episodes featured in Caillou Goes For The Gold.  While that theme is hugely important to the DVD’s presentation – since it gives plenty of inspiration for indoor activity even in cold months – it is not the DVD’s only important element.  The lessons provided within each episode are just as important to note as that underlying theme.  Young audiences are taught the importance of focusing on play rather than winning in the disc’s opening episode, “Everyone’s Best.”  “Caillou’s Big Kick” teaches an equally important lesson about perseverance in its short segment.  As if that isn’t enough for audiences, “Caillou’s Mini-Marathon” encourages families to get out and get active together and for children to try something that might be difficult.  Between these lessons and the lessons presented in each of the disc’s other episodes, it becomes clear in watching each program why their incorporated lessons are just as important as their underlying theme of physical activity’s importance.  Even with both elements in mind, they are only two of the key elements to note in examining this collection’s overall presentation.  The bonus material included with the disc rounds out its most important elements.

Caillou Goes for the Gold presents plenty of reason that it will earn its own awards through the underlying theme that runs through each of its 11 episodes.  The same can be said when placing the episodes’ separate lessons in place of their underlying theme.  While both elements are undeniably important to this collection both by themselves and collectively, they are only two of the disc’s key elements.  The bonus material that is included with the DVD is just as important to note in examining this collection’s presentation as its underlying theme and its lessons.  The bonus material in question comes in the form of three bonus activities that drive home both that underlying theme and lessons.  The first of the bonus activities encourages parents to hold backyard races in which the “contestants” can win ribbons.  The second activity is essentially a homemade ring toss game, and the third is a relay race that not only encourages physical activity but also teaches letter recognition for preschoolers.  It scores double for touching on not one but two different areas.  Each lesson is a positive in its own right.  Parents and educators alike will agree they are a wonderful bonus to this DVD’s viewing experience.  When they are set against the episodes’ lessons and their underlying theme, all three elements join to make the DVD well-deserving of its own award.

Caillou Goes For The Gold has been available in stores and online for about six months since its release in late July, 2015.  While the collection has been available for half a year, that does nothing to lessen its importance even now in the colder months of the New Year.  Its underlying theme promoting physical activity is a good start for discussions on physical activity among children and parents/educators before finding ways to get active indoors.  The lessons that are presented in each episode add even more depth to the disc’s presentation.  The bonus material included inside the disc’s case rounds out is most important elements.  Each element is important in its own way to the disc’s overall presentation.  All things considered, they make this collection a medial winner for every family whether in the year’s colder months or its warmer months.  It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other Caillou collections is available online along with games, activities and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.caillou.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CaillouOfficial

 

 

 

To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Students, Lovers Of Archaeology, Anthropology Will Appreciate New ‘SOTD’ Episode

Courtesy: PBS/PBS Distribution

Courtesy: PBS/PBS Distribution

PBS Distribution is taking audiences back in time in another episode of its hit history-based series Secrets of The Dead as it opens the new year. The episode, After Stonehenge, is an interesting new look at life in one early English settlement and how the settlement met its end.  That central topic is just one of the program’s key elements.  The information provided throughout the program is just as important to note as the program’s central topic.  The program’s audio options may not seem overly important in the grand scheme of things.  But in discussing those options, audiences will see that those options are just as important to note here as the program’s main topic and associated information.  Each element is important in its own way.  All things considered, they make After Stonehenge a program that students and lovers of archaeology and anthropology will want to see time “after” time.

Secrets of the Dead: After Stonehenge is a program that students and lovers of archaeology and anthropology alike will appreciate.  That is due in no small part to the program’s central topic.  The topic in question is that of a Bronze Age settlement discovered in England in 2011.  The settlement, which was discovered at a location called Must Farm, was 3,000 years old and stood on stilts in what was then marshland. Audiences will appreciate in watching this program that while it is titled After Stonehenge, the program’s only mention of Stonehenge comes early in the program.  After that point, there is no mention of the ancient structure to be heard or seen.  This is so important to note because there have been some programs put out by PBS that, despite their titles, have not exactly followed the expected themes of those titles.  This program isn’t one of those cases.  It focuses solely on the settlement and its role in life in mainland Europe during the time in which its inhabitants lived there.  Those behind the program are to be commended for keeping that focus.  It ensures in its own right audiences’ maintained engagement from the beginning to end of the roughly hour-long program.  It is of course just one of the key elements to note in examining this episode of Secrets of the Dead.  The information that is presented throughout the program is just as important to note as the program’s central topic.

The central topic presented in Secrets of the Dead: After Stonehenge is in its own right a key piece of this program’s whole presentation.  That is because those behind the program never allow its focus to stray.  Sadly some of PBS’ programs have been guilty of allowing that to happening.  Though, that luckily didn’t happen here.  It’s just one of the elements that makes this episode of SOTD such an interesting watch.  The information provided throughout the program is key in its own right to the program’s presentation.  One of the most interesting pieces of information provided within the program is the revelation that despite their location, the inhabitants of Must Farm were not solitary people. That is made clear through the discovery of bronze swords and other items that were obviously used for defense.  The fact that the settlement was surrounded by a palisade makes even clearer the settlement’s inhabitants had reason to be concerned for their safety.  This is despite apparently being a mostly peaceful people who thrived on textiles and trade.

Speaking of trade, audiences also learn through the program that the settlement’s inhabitants’ trade routes might have reached as far inland as Italy and Germany.  That is proven through the presentation of glass beads made with items not common to Must Farm at the time.  The bronze stellar mask crafted by the settlement’s inhabitants shows just as much the group’s influence. It presents a precise measurement of the stars used to help determine harvesting and planting times; times that would have applied more to mainland inhabitants than the inhabitants of Must Farm.  It is truly an incredible presentation and just one more piece of information presented throughout the program that proves the importance of the program’s information to its overall presentation.  There is much more that audiences will appreciate than just this including an examination of how the settlement’s end might have come not externally but possibly internally and by accident no less.  All things considered, the information presented throughout this program proves to be just as important as the program’s central topic if not more important and is just one more important piece of the program’s whole.  The program’s audio options play their own integral part in the program’s presentation, too believe it or not.

The central topic of SOTD: After Stonehenge and its expansive information are both important pieces of the program’s overall presentation.  They are just two of its key elements, too.  The audio options presented in the program’s new home release are important in their own right to its overall presentation.  The audio options presented here include not just the standard subtitles for the hard of hearing but also the option of audio description for the blind, too.  This is something that has become increasingly common for PBS’ programs both on DVD and on TV throughout 2016.  It might not seem overly important on the surface.  But in the bigger picture of things, it shows an increased attention to the ADA by the people at PBS, and allows an even broader audience enjoy the program.  Audiences familiar with other older programs released by PBS Distribution don’t include the audio option for the blind community. So to see this option included in the program’s home release enhances its viewing experience and makes it just as laudable.  Again, it seems like a minor detail.  But in the bigger picture of the program’s overall presentation in its home release, it is a huge piece of the program’s whole. When it is set alongside the focus presented in the program’s main topic and interesting information, the whole of this program proves again to be one that students and lovers of archaeology and anthropology will appreciate.

Secrets of the Dead: After Stonehenge is a program that both students and lovers of archaeology and anthropology will appreciate.  It is another episode of PBS’ hit history-based series that shows why this program remains so popular.  The program never loses its focus in its main topic, mentioning Stonehenge only once in its whole length. This is important to note once again because some of PBS’ programs do fall victim to that lack of focus, though thankfully those shortcomings are rare.  Because it maintains its focus, it ensures in itself audiences’ engagement.  The information provided throughout the program ensures that engagement just as much.  The fact that the program offers not only subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing, but also audio descriptive service for the blind is important to note, too.  That is because that is not commonplace for home releases of PBS’ programs.  To see that it is becoming more commonplace is encouraging and is laudable in its own right.  Each element clearly is important in its own right to the program’s overall presentation.  All things considered, this episode of Secrets of the Dead proves itself one that both students and lovers of archaeology and anthropology will appreciate.  It will be available Tuesday and can be ordered online now via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other episodes of Secrets of the Dead is available online at:

 

 

 

Website: http://pbs.org/secrets

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SecretsofTheDead

Twitter: http://twitter.com/SecretsPBS

 

 

 

To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

‘Super Hummingbirds’ Is A “Super” New Episode Of PBS’ ‘Nature’

nature-super-hummingbirds-bd-box-art

Courtesy: PBS/PBS Distribution/WNET

Big things can and often do come in small packages.  Who out there hasn’t heard or said this or some variant thereof?  In the animal kingdom, one of the smallest creatures – the hummingbird – is one of the biggest surprises.  The tiny birds’ surprises are many, too.  Those surprises were recently revealed in a new episode of PBS’ hit wildlife-based series Nature in the form of Super Hummingbirds.  This episode isn’t the series’ first to ever focus on the tiny birds, but it is still an interesting program nonetheless.  That is due in part to the program’s central topic.  This will be discussed shortly.  The information that is presented within the program is just as important to its presentation as its central topic.  It will be discussed later.  The program’s transitions round out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own right to the program’s overall presentation.  All things considered, Super Hummingbirds proves in the end to be its own super episode of Nature.

Super Hummingbirds is not the first episode of its kind to run on PBS’ hit wildlife series Nature.  Even with that in mind, it is still its own “super” episode.  That is due in part to the program’s central topic.  The program’s central topic focuses on the various adaptations hummingbirds have developed throughout their evolution.  One of those adaptations allows one species of hummingbird to survive at altitudes that would otherwise be fatal to humans.  That is because of the low levels of oxygen at those altitudes.  Another key adaptation that is displayed is the hummingbird’s tongue.  Audiences will be surprised to discover here that hummingbirds’ tongues (or at least one species of hummingbird) are actually split in a manner similar to snakes.  What is even more interesting to learn is the revelation that hummingbirds use channels of sorts in their tongues in order to lap up nectar from flowers.  They don’t just stick out their tongues and lap it up.  It is truly an interesting revelation.  It is just one more of so many interesting adaptations that are revealed as part of the program’s central topic.  There are plenty of other adaptations revealed throughout the course of the program that audiences will be just as interested to discover.  Even with that in mind, the program’s central program should not be considered the program’s only important element.  The information that is presented throughout the course of the program’s roughly hour-long program is just as important to note as the program’s central topic.

The central topic presented in Super Hummingbirds is in itself a key element to the program’s overall presentation.  It is a topic that while touched on in previous similar episodes of Nature, is still original in its own right.  That is because it takes such a close look at the adaptations that have allowed the tiny birds to survive in different situations and settings.  As important as the presented topic proves to be, it is just one of the program’s key elements.  The information that makes up the body of the program is just as important to note as the program’s central topic.  One of the more interesting pieces of information revealed in the program is that of the ability of one species of hummingbird to survive at altitudes close to that of Mount Everest.  That information is provided as one scientist conducts experiments to see how low he can make the birds’ oxygen levels before they begin struggling to fly.  For the animal rights activists out there, no birds were harmed in the process.  Another interesting piece of information that is revealed in the program is the fact that allegedly hummingbirds spend the better part of their days competing. What’s more the males are the ones who do the competing, and they do so primarily for the purpose of creating the next generation of hummingbirds.  It’s so interesting to note because of the reputation that hummingbirds have as gentle, tiny creatures.  According to this piece of information, they are not the peaceful little creatures that most people think them to be.  What’s more it makes them seem about as competitive as most teen boys.  Yes, that bad joke was fully intended.  This revelation in particular is just one more of so many interesting pieces of information that will assuredly keep audiences engaged throughout the course of the program.  There are plenty of other intriguing pieces of information that are revealed from beginning to end.  All things considered, the information provided within this episode of Nature give audiences plenty to appreciate.  They prove collectively to be just as important to the program as its central topic.  The program’s overall information, important as it is, is still not the program’s only remaining important element.  The program’s transitions are just as important to note as its collective information and central topic.

The topic at the heart of Super Hummingbirds and the program’s collective information are both key pieces of the program’s overall presentation.  While both elements are clearly important pieces of the program’s whole, they are just two of three key elements that should be noted in examining its overall presentation.  The program’s transitions are just as important to note as its information and central topic.  From hummingbirds’ survival abilities to their competitive nature to their mating the transitions between subjects are clear and concise.  There is no jumping from one subject to the next.  While there are no fade-ins or fade-outs between subjects, the program’s writing makes the transitions stable and thus maintain the program’s pacing.  That being the case, the program’s transitions keep it moving forward and in turn, keep audiences engaged.  It proves the importance of the transitions to the program’s overall presentation.  When it is set alongside the program’s extensive information and its central topic, the whole of those elements makes this episode of Nature another “super” presentation from PBS’ hit wildlife-based series.

Super Hummingbirds is hardly the first ever episode of PBS’ Nature to focus on hummingbirds.  Even with that in mind, it is still a “super” new episode of the network’s hit wildlife-based series.  That is proven in part through the program’s central topic.  The program’s central topic focuses on the adaptations that have allowed hummingbirds to survive in so many settings around the world.  The information provided throughout the program to support its topic is just as important to note as the program’s topic itself.  The program’s transitions keep its pacing solid, and in turn keep audiences engaged.  Each topic is important in its own right to the program’s overall presentation.  All things considered, they make Super Hummingbirds, again, a “super” new episode of Nature.  It is available now and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other episodes of Nature is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PBSNature

Twitter: http://twitter.com/PBSNature

 

 

 

To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

 

Ken Burns’ Latest PBS Presentation Is The “Champion” Of Phil’s Picks’ 2016 Top 10 New Documentaries List

Courtesy:  PBS/PBS Distribution

Courtesy: PBS/PBS Distribution

2016 was another great year for documentaries.  From ancient kings to movie magic kings and much more, the field of documentaries had plenty to offer audiences.  Believe it or not PBS showed again with its offerings why it remains the king of the documentary field and why it is the last true bastion of truly worthwhile programming on television.  It wasn’t the only outlet that offered quality documentaries this year, though.  Virgil Films and MVD Visual both had some stand out offerings, too.  Their films are included in this critic’s list of the year’s best new documentaries.

Topping this year’s list of the year’s top new documentaries is Ken Burns’ new profile of MLB great Jackie Robinson.  It isn’t the first of its kind by any means.  But it is one of the most in-depth profiles of the baseball legend.  Also included in this year’s list is a profile of another legend in his own right, Ray Harryhausen from MVD Visual in the form of Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan.  It isn’t the first of its kind, either. But its story, interviews, footage, information and editing all combine to make this presentation stand out.  There is even a pair of documentaries on the “timeless” cinema classic Back to the Future included in this list.

As with each of Phil’s Picks “Best Of” lists, this list features this critic’s top 10 choices in the given category along with five honorable mention titles for a total of 15 titles.  So without any further ado, here for you is Phil’s Picks’ 2016 Top 10 New Documentaries

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2016 TOP 10 NEW DOCUMENTARIES

 

  1. Ken Burns’ Jackie Robinson

 

  1. American Experience: Space Men

 

  1. American Experience: Tesla

 

  1. Nature: Natural Born Hustlers

 

  1. Secrets of the Dead: Cleopatra’s Lost Tomb

 

  1. Secrets of the Dead: Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings

 

  1. Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan

 

  1. American Experience: Bonnie & Clyde

 

  1. Nature: Super Hummingbirds

 

  1. Nature: Moose Life of a Twig Eater

 

  1. NOVA: Vikings Unearthed

 

  1. OUTATIME: Saving The DeLorean Time Machine

 

  1. Back in Time

 

  1. Building Star Trek

 

  1. Zydeco Crossroads: A Tale of Two Cities

 

To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.