Bridges are some of the world’s most important architectural structures. From the standard structures that span tiny creeks to larger, more intricate structures that take drivers to the greatest heights, bridges are pivotal to life in so many ways, yet many of the world’s bridges are being lost to time and the elements, including the world’s covered bridges. In 2011, New York state’s famed Blenheim Covered Bridge was destroyed by flood waters that resulted from Hurricane Irene. Now in a new episode of PBS’ hit science-based series NOVA audiences see firsthand, the efforts to resurrect the historic structure. Released on DVD on Feb. 19, the hour-long program follows the noted efforts to rebuild the bridge from start to finish. That gripping story is one that will interest not only those with a love of and interest in engineering, but human dramas. It will be discussed shortly. The secondary story, which focuses on the ancient bridge-building techniques used in China’s covered bridges is another key element that adds to the doc’s presentation even more. The DVD’s average price point rounds out its most important elements. Each item noted here is important in its own right to the whole of NOVA: Operation Bridge Rescue. All things considered, the DVD proves to be a presentation that in itself, needs no rescue.
NOVA: Operation Bridge Rescue is a presentation that is certain to appeal to a wide range of audiences. Whether one has a love of or interest in engineering or one is just a fan of human dramas, this episode of PBS’ hit science-based series proves to be a presentation that is one of this year’s best new documentaries. This is proven in part through the doc’s central story. The central story focuses on one community’s efforts to restore a key part of its history, the famed Blenheim Covered Bridge. It is a part of history that is just as important to America’s history as it is to the town. The story follows the efforts to give new birth to the bridge following its destruction in flood waters that stemmed from Hurricane Irene in 2011. Audiences will be surprised to find, as the story progresses, that not everything goes exactly as planned along the way. Yes, the story of the bridge’s resurrection has a happy ending. That happy ending comes after a lot of hard work and near misses, though, as crews battled time and the elements. While maybe not the stuff of a major blockbuster movie, it is still a story that is certain to keep any viewer engaged and entertained from start to finish. It is just one part of what makes this documentary well worth the watch. The secondary story tied into the program adds even more interest to the DVD.
The secondary story featured in NOVA: Operation Bridge Rescue is almost as in-depth as that of the doc’s primary story. It presents to audiences, the story of the methods used to build covered bridges in China. Some of those methods go back eons, and have kept some of those bridges safe from time and nature for eons, as audiences learn. Just as interesting to learn is the purpose of those bridges. They are apparently used more for cultural purposes than for transportation, unlike so many American bridges (including covered bridges). Watching the thought, effort and time put into making the bridges “earthquake-safe” and able to handle such large weight loads is enlightening, again, not just for those with a love of and interest in engineering, but for audiences in general. What’s more, seeing the interest that young Chinese students show in the process is encouraging, as it shows that there is hope for the future of engineers. Of course, Americans are not left out here, as those working to restore the Blenheim spend some time with young, aspiring engineers on-site at their work site. While the overall secondary story focusing on Chinese bridges and the techniques used to build them does not exactly have a direct link to the episode’s primary story, it is still interesting in its own right, and is just as certain to keep audiences engaged and entertained as the doc’s primary story. Both items taken into consideration, they give audiences plenty to appreciate. Keeping this in mind, it makes the average price point for the DVD money well-spent.
The average price point for NOVA: Operation Bridge Rescue is $19.34. that price is measured by taking price listings from PBS’ online store, as well as Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Book Sellers, Amazon and Books-A-Million. The most commonly occurring listing is $17.99, listed at Amazon, Walmart and Best Buy, while the least expensive listing is at Target, at $16.59. The most expensive listing is at Books-A-Million, at $24.99. Regardless of which outlet one chooses, purchase of this DVD still supports PBS, and considering the wide-ranging appeal of this episode, the money spent is well worth it. To that end, once again, audiences will find in this DVD, a presentation that is in no need of any rescue.
NOVA: Operation Bridge Rescue is an engaging and enlightening new episode of PBS’ hit science-based series that is certain to be enjoyed by a wide range of viewers, from those devoted to the art that is engineering to those who just enjoy drama – as there’s drama even in this story. That is proven in part through the program’s central story, which follows the efforts of a group of people devoted to resurrecting a historic bridge in New York state. The secondary story, which focuses on the history of Chinese covered bridges adds even more interest to the program. The two items combined make the DVD’s average price point such that it will not break any viewer’s bank. Each item is important in its own right to the whole of NOVA: Operation Bridge Rescue. All things considered, they make this episode of NOVA one of this year’s best new documentaries. More information on this and other episodes of NOVA is available online now at:
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