Sydney Sherwood’s New EP Will Put Listeners In A Positive Headspace

Courtesy: Keep It Simple Records

Independent singer-songwriter and American Idol contestant Sydney Sherwood officially returns this weekend with her first new studio recording in almost three years.  Sherwood is scheduled to release her sophomore EP Headspace Saturday through Keep It Simple Records.  The six-song record is Sherwood’s sophomore EP and is an interesting new presentation from the up-and-coming singer-songwriter that is worth hearing at least once.  That is thanks to the record’s musical and lyrical content, as is evidenced in part through the record’s lead single, ‘Creep.’  This song will be addressed shortly.  ‘Let Me Down,’ its second single, is another example of how the EP’s overall content makes it successful.  It will be addressed a little later.  ‘All The Aces,’ which closes out the record, is yet another of its most notable additions.  It will also be examined later.  When it is considered along with the EP’s other three songs, the whole of the EP proves itself a positive new offering from Sherwood.

Sydney Sherwood’s forthcoming EP, Headspace is a positive new offering from the up-and-coming singer-songwriter that gives some hope for the future of her career in the music industry.  The 24-minute record’s musical and lyrical content serve well to support that statement.  Its lead single, ‘Creep’ is just one way in which the EP’s collective content makes the record engaging and entertaining.  Its musical arrangement is immediately infectious with its bluesy groove and smoky vocals.  The bass and solid time keeping work with the guitar and vocals to fully immerse listeners in the composition.  The whole of the arrangement is infectious, but it also plays its own important part to the song.  That relaxed almost…sensual vibe exuded in the arrangement actually does well to help illustrate the song’s lyrical theme, that being the relatable topic of mental health.

Sherwood openly talked about the noted topic during a recent interview.  She said of the matter, “Being someone that has struggled with anxiety, when it came to writing ‘Creep,’ I really wanted to give an inside look on what anxiety feels like, the emotions you experience while in a panic attack, and the idea that the same mind that thinks of the beauty of life is also the one that thinks negative thoughts which can really drag you down.”… My main goal with this song was to illustrate the war that goes on in your head when you have anxiety as well as how you can either choose to let fear overcome you or you can overcome that fear.”

Her statements are illustrated in the song’s lyrics, which state in the song’s lead verse and chorus, “We’ve all  got our demons/And we’ve all got our reasons for dealing/With this heavy baggage/The  way we do/It takes a hold of you/Oh no/Here it comes again/Feels like  I’m trapped inside a room/No blinds/No way to see it through/Locked down/I never knew/A beautiful mind/Could be so cruel/I’m blind/Down on the upside/Hide behind a smile/But I can’t lie/ Locked down/I never knew/A beautiful mind/Could be so cruel/Just inhale/Exhale/Count to ten/Before the thoughts creep back in.”  That last line is where the   song’s title comes from.  The overall statement here clearly achieves Sherwood’s goal of translating what the noted figures go through in battling anxiety, feeling it literally creeping into one’s mind.  The continued statements in the song’s second verse, of “living with ghosts” but having “figured you out” shows perhaps a hint of managing to overcome the noted negative thoughts and emotions.  Again, the song’s musical arrangement works with these lyrics to sort of hint at how those thoughts and emotions tend to so coolly slide into a person’s mind.  At the same time, the musical approach also echoes the ease in one’s mind in recognizing and overcoming the situation at hand.  It makes the song a good example of why Sherwood’s new EP succeeds. 

‘Creep’ is a good example of why ‘Headspace’ works as well as it does, and is just one example of why the EP is worth hearing.  ‘Let Me Down,’ the EP’s second single, is another example of what makes the record worth hearing.  The song’s musical arrangement is its own interesting presentation.  It is an up-tempo work whose subtle keyboards work with Sherwood’s vocals and the other instruments to give the song a sort of country-pop sensibility.  At the same time, those noted keyboards also give the song the most subtle of an 80s infusion.  That overall approach and sound is certain to engage and entertain listeners in its own right.  It is just one part of why the song is notable.  The lyrical content that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement adds to the song’s appeal.

The lyrical content featured in ‘Let Me Down’ centers on the all-too-familiar topic of a broken relationship.  Sherwood talked about that during a recent interview, noting, ““I wrote ‘Let Me Down’ with one of my favorite songwriters a few years ago after getting over someone I had feelings for for some time.   I like to see the good in people and deep down I knew this person had good in them, but I looked at what that person could’ve been instead of the person that was standing right before me. I gave this person every chance to prove themselves and time and time again I was let down. I was so blinded by this false sense of reality that when this person let me down it felt shocking. I think a lot of people can relate to the fact that when you care for someone, you tend to overlook the negative things they do because you’re consumed with feelings, but now I realize it’s important to have one foot in reality at all times. Writing this song was one of my biggest moments of clarity to see that I deserved more. While the song is definitely not in favor of the guy, his actions opened my eyes to see what I don’t want and what I won’t tolerate. Had I never gone through this experience, I would’ve never known to look for those red flags in the future and I guess I have him to thank for this killer song.”

These comments are illustrated right from the song’s outset as Sherwood sings in the song’s lead verse, “These days are not feeling right/How could I be so blind/The only thing you did/Was so inconsiderate/You pulled the wool over my eyes/Now I’m just confused/Because of you/I gave you every chance/You threw my heart around…”  The last couple of lines are slightly difficult to decipher without lyrics to reference, but more than enough of the content is understandable that it is easy to see that Sherwood has done well to translate her comments in this case.  The song follows in quite similar fashion in the second verse, opening with Sherwoood telling that other person, “I wish you could see/How selfish you could be/And how it makes me feel/I wish the person that you were in my mind/Lined up with who you are for real/But now you’ll never say/I’m afraid you’ll stay the same.”  Again, there is a lot here to which listeners can relate.  Going back to the song’s musical arrangement, the energy in that element makes one believe that these are words that Sherwood is saying to that person in her mind, not quite to that person’s face.  It would explain that energy, as it reflects perhaps, her racing thoughts at that moment.  There is a certain sadness that goes along with those racing thoughts, adding even more to the interest of the song in whole.  Keeping all of this in mind here, no question is left as to why the song was chosen as one of the EP’s singles.   It does that much by itself to show why the EP is worth hearing.  It is just one more of the songs featured in the EP that shows the record’s strength.  ‘All The Aces,’ which closes out the record, is yet another way in which Headspace proves itself worth its own attention.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘All The Aces’ is a catchy, southern-tinged style work whose gritty guitar sound and vocals immediately lend themselves to certain works from the likes of Carrie Underwood.  It is a song that is certain to become a fan favorite especially for live shows (whenever live shows return).  The sense of confidence exhibited in the song’s musical arrangement pairs well with the song’s equally seemingly positive lyrical theme.

The lyrical theme featured in ‘All The Aces’ comes across as someone who is just trying to put the past behind —  perhaps from a bad relationship — and move forward in life.  This is inferred in the mention that, “No more/I’ll tell you the truth/Those days are gone/Gotta get back on and soldier on…go on and try me again/I wouldn’t recommend it/Can’t wait to see the look on your face…”   There are points here that are difficult to decipher sans lyrics to reference.  That aside, just enough is understandable here that this song is a (seemingly) direct contrast to ‘Let Me Down.’  It shows someone who has worked through the emotions of whatever happened with whomever in the past and decided to let it all go.  It is a song that promotes self-empowerment, again making itself easy for listeners to relate.  That accessibility, together with the entertainment and engagement ensured by the song’s musical arrangement, leaves no doubt as to the EP’s appeal.  When it is considered alongside ‘Creep,’ ‘Let Me Down’ and the EP’s remaining trio of songs, the whole makes the EP a presentation that is deserving of its own share of attention.

Sydney Sherwood’s forthcoming EP Headspace is a positive new effort from the up-and-coming singer-songwriter.  That is proven throughout the course of the record through the EP’s collective musical and lyrical content.  Each of the songs examined here support the noted statements.  When they are considered along with the record’s remaining works, the EP in whole proves to be a presentation that will put any listener in a positive mindset.  Headspace is scheduled for release Saturday through Keep It Simple Records.

More information on Sydney Sherwood’s new single, video, and EP is available along with all of her latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.sydneysherwood.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/sydney.sherwood.714

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/ssherwoodmusic

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

ESPN Kicks Off 2021 College Baseball Season With Extensive Broadcast Schedule

Courtesy: ESPN

The 2021 college baseball season is officially underway, and the ESPN networks have extensive coverage for the first full weekend and week of the season.

Coverage started at 2 p.m. ET Friday with a matchup of Evansville and Georgia on ESPN+. Other games featured in the busy opening day schedule were face-offs between Cincinnati and Clemson; Louisiana and Tulane, and No. 21 Miami and No. 1 Florida.

Coverage continues at 6 p.m. ET as UCF hosts Florida Atlantic on ESPN+. No. 25 East Carolina University will host Rhode Island at 7 p.m. ET, also on ESPN+.

The ESPN networks’ coverage of the opening week and weekend of the 2021 college baseball season is scheduled to run through Feb. 28. The full broadcast schedule, which includes games on the ACC Network, Longhorn Network, SECN+ and ESPN+ is noted below.

DateTime (ET)GameNetwork
 Fri. Feb.  196 p.m.Florida Atlantic at UCFESPN+
 7 p.m.Rhode Island at No. 25 East CarolinaESPN+
  No. 19 Tennessee at Georgia SouthernESPN+
 7:30 p.m.No. 20 Oklahoma State at Sam Houston StateESPN+
Sat, Feb. 20NoonEvansville at GeorgiaSECN+
 1 p.m.No. 21 Miami at No. 1 FloridaSECN+
  Dayton at No. 18 South CarolinaSECN+
  Bellarmine at No. 5 LouisvilleACCNX
  UConn at No. 16 VirginiaACCNX
 2 p.m.Notre Dame at No. 12 LSUSECN+
  North Florida at No. 24 Florida StateACCNX
  Eastern Kentucky at No. 15 Georgia TechACCNX
  Bryant at High PointESPN+
  Toledo at USC UpstateESPN+
  Mississippi Valley State at SE LouisianaESPN+
  No. 19 Tennessee at Georgia SouthernESPN+
  Duke at Coastal CarolinaESPN+
  Elon at UNC GreensboroESPN+
 3 p.m.Presbyterian at No. 23 AuburnSECN+
  McNeese State at AlabamaSECN+
  Wright State at No. 4 VanderbiltSECN+
  Xavier at Texas A&MSECN+
  Cincinnati at ClemsonACCNX
  Liberty at CampbellESPN+
  UT Martin at SamfordESPN+
  Texas Southern at HoustonESPN+
  Louisiana at TulaneESPN+
 4 p.m.Longwood at The CitadelESPN+
 6 p.m.Northeastern at No. 17 Wake Forest John Schriffen, Gaby SanchezACC Network
 6:30 p.m.Xavier at Texas A&MSECN+
Sun, Feb. 2111 a.m.North Florida at Florida StateACCNX
  Kent State at Virginia TechACCNX
 NoonEvansville at GeorgiaSECN+
  Dayton at No. 18 South CarolinaSECN+
  Bellarmine at No. 5 LouisvilleACCNX
  Duke at Coastal CarolinaESPN+
 1 p.m.No. 21 Miami at No. 1 FloridaSECN+
  Notre Dame at No. 12 LSUSECN+
  Xavier at Texas A&MSECN+
  UConn at No. 16 VirginiaACCNX
  Cincinnati at ClemsonACCNX
  Northeastern at No. 17 Wake ForestACCNX
  Eastern Kentucky at No. 15 Georgia TechACCNX
  Liberty at CampbellESPN+
  Toledo at USC UpstateESPN+
  Longwood at The CitadelESPN+
  No. 19 Tennessee at Georgia SouthernESPN+
  Texas Southern at HoustonESPN+
  Rhode Island at No. 25 East CarolinaESPN+
  Elon at UNC GreensboroESPN+
  Bryant at High PointESPN+
 2 p.m.SE Missouri State at South AlabamaESPN+
  UT Martin at SamfordESPN+
  Mississippi Valley State at SE LouisianaESPN+
  Louisiana at TulaneESPN+
 2:30 p.m.Kent State at Virginia TechACCNX
 3 p.m.Bellarmine at No. 5 LouisvilleACCNX
 3:30 p.m.Duke at Coastal CarolinaESPN+
Mon, Feb. 2212:05 p.m.TBD at KansasBig 12 Now on ESPN+
 5 p.m.UT Rio Grande Valley at BaylorBig 12 Now on ESPN+
 7 p.m.BYU at Texas StateESPN+
 7:30 p.m.Louisiana Tech at No. 12 LSUSECN+
Tue, Feb. 233 p.m.VMI at No. 16 Virginia Anish Shroff, Mike RooneyACC Network
  Eastern Kentucky at No. 5 LouisvilleACCNX
  UNC Greensboro at No. 13 NC StateACCNX
 4 p.m.Miami (OH) at KentuckySECN+
  Winthrop at No. 18 South CarolinaSECN+
  Radford at Virginia TechACCNX
  Coastal Carolina at No. 17 Wake ForestACCNX
  Belmont at North AlabamaESPN+
  Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at HoustonESPN+
  Duke at No. 25 East CarolinaESPN+
  UNC Asheville at Western CarolinaESPN+
 4:30 p.m.Arkansas-Pine Bluff at No. 19 TennesseeSECN+
 5 p.m.Arkansas State at No. 6 Ole MissSECN+
  Alabama State at SamfordESPN+
  UALR at No. 20 Oklahoma StateBig 12 Now on ESPN+
 5:30 p.m.Western Kentucky at No. 4 VanderbiltSECN+
 6 p.m.Stetson at UCFESPN+
 6:30 p.m.No. 21 Miami at USFESPN+
 7 p.m.New Orleans at TulaneESPN+
  Louisiana Tech at LouisianaESPN+
 7:30 p.m.Abilene Christian at Texas A&MSECN+
  Southern Miss at South AlabamaESPN+
  Texas Southern at No. 10 TCUBig 12 Now on ESPN+
Wed, Feb. 241 p.m.Mercer at No. 15 Georgia Tech Clay Matvick, Roddy JonesACC Network
 4 p.m.UT Martin at AlabamaSECN+
  North Carolina A&T at LibertyESPN+
 4:30 p.m.Arkansas-Pine Bluff at No. 19 TennesseeSECN+
 5 p.m.UALR at No. 20 Oklahoma StateBig 12 Now on ESPN+
 7 p.m.No. 12 LSU at LouisianaESPN+
 7:30 p.m.BYU at No. 9 Texas Keith Moreland, Greg SwindellLonghorn Network
  Tarleton State at Texas A&MSECN+
Thu, Feb. 254 p.m.SE Missouri State at No. 8 ArkansasSECN+
 7:30 p.m.BYU at No. 9 Texas Keith Moreland, Greg SwindellLonghorn Network
Fri, Feb. 262 p.m.Mount St. Mary’s at RichmondESPN+
 3 p.m.Boston College at Duke Mike Monaco, Adam GreenbergACC Network
  Western Illinois at No. 5 LouisvilleACCNX
  No. 16 Virginia at North CarolinaACCNX
  No. 15 Georgia Tech at No. 13 NC StateACCNX
  UMass Lowell at St. John’sESPN3
 4 p.m.Milwaukee at KentuckySECN+
  Wright State at AlabamaSECN+
  SE Missouri State at No. 8 ArkansasSECN+
  No. 18 South Carolina at ClemsonACCNX
  Notre Dame at No. 17 Wake ForestACCNX
  Western Michigan at Kansas StateBig 12 Now on ESPN+
  Bryant at Coastal CarolinaESPN+
  SIU Edwardsville at Wichita StateESPN+
 4:30 p.m.Indiana State at No. 19 TennesseeSECN+
 5 p.m.Gardner-Webb at GeorgiaSECN+
  UCF at No. 6 Ole MissSECN+
  Dayton at CampbellESPN+
  Illinois State at No. 20 Oklahoma StateBig 12 Now on ESPN+
 5:30 p.m.Georgia State at No. 4 VanderbiltSECN+
 6 p.m.Pitt at No. 24 Florida StateACCNX
 6:30 p.m.Samford at No. 1 FloridaSECN+
 7 p.m.Virginia Tech at No. 21 MiamiACCNX
  No. 25 East Carolina at Georgia SouthernESPN+
 7:30 p.m.BYU at No. 9 Texas Keith Moreland, Greg SwindellLonghorn Network
  Liberty at No. 10 TCUBig 12 Now on ESPN+
 8 p.m.Youngstown State at No. 12 LSUSECN+
  Oregon State at Grand CanyonESPN3
Sat, Feb. 27NoonGardner-Webb at GeorgiaSECN+
  UMass Lowell at St. John’sESPN3
 1 p.m.Western Illinois at No. 5 LouisvilleACCNX
 2 p.m.Milwaukee at KentuckySECN+
  Georgia State at No. 4 VanderbiltSECN+
  Pitt at No. 24 Florida StateACCNX
  No. 16 Virginia at North CarolinaACCNX
  No. 15 Georgia Tech at No. 13 NC StateACCNX
  No. 25 East Carolina at Georgia SouthernESPN+
 2:30 p.m.Indiana State at No. 19 TennesseeSECN+
  UCF at No. 6 Ole MissSECN+
 3 p.m.BYU at No. 9 Texas Keith Moreland, Greg SwindellLonghorn Network
  Wright State at AlabamaSECN+
  Youngstown State at No. 12 LSUSECN+
  Dayton at CampbellESPN+
  Western Michigan at Kansas StateBig 12 Now on ESPN+
  Liberty at No. 10 TCUBig 12 Now on ESPN+
 3:30 p.m.UMass Lowell at St. John’sESPN3
 4 p.m.Clemson at No. 18 South CarolinaSECN+
  SE Missouri State at No. 8 ArkansasSECN+
  Notre Dame at No. 17 Wake ForestACCNX
  No. 14 West Virginia at Coastal CarolinaESPN+
 5 p.m.Illinois State at No. 20 Oklahoma StateBig 12 Now on ESPN+
 5:30 p.m.Georgia State at No. 4 VanderbiltSECN+
 7 p.m.No. 16 Virginia Tech at No. 21 MiamiACCNX
 7:30 p.m.Nicholls State at No. 12 LSUSECN+
 8 p.m.Pitt at No. 24 Florida State Roy Philpott, Gaby SanchezACC Network
Sun, Feb. 28NoonMount St. Mary’s at RichmondESPN+
 12:05 p.m.Boston College at DukeACCNX
 1 p.m.Milwaukee at KentuckySECN+
  Gardner-Webb at GeorgiaSECN+
  Indiana at No. 19 TennesseeSECN+
  Western Illinois at No. 5 LouisvilleACCNX
  Pitt at No. 24 Florida StateACCNX
  No. 16 Virginia at North CarolinaACCNX
  Virginia Tech at No. 21 MiamiACCNX
  Notre Dame at No. 17 Wake ForestACCNX
  Dayton at CampbellESPN+
  No. 25 East Carolina at Georgia SouthernESPN+
  Navy at George MasonESPN+
  UMass Lowell at St. John’sESPN3
 1:30 p.m.Clemson at No. 18 South CarolinaSECN+
 2 p.m.Wright State at AlabamaSECN+
  SE Missouri State at No. 8 ArkansasSECN+
  Georgia State at No. 4 VanderbiltSECN+
  Western Michigan at Kansas StateBig 12 Now on ESPN+
  Liberty at No. 10 TCUBig 12 Now on ESPN+
 2:30 p.m.UCF at No. 6 Ole MissSECN+
 3 p.m.Kennesaw State at Coastal CarolinaESPN+

More information on ESPN’s college baseball coverage is available along with all of the latest college sports headlines at:

Website: https://www.espn.com/college-sports

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ESPN

Twitter: https://twitter.com/espn

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

ESPN Announces Early Details For 2021 MLB Broadcast Schedule

Courtesy: ESPN

Baseball is officially coming back!

ESPN announced Wednesday, it will start airing Major League Baseball’s spring training games beginning March 2. The schedule opens with the matchup of last year’s World Series runner up, Tampa Bay taking on Boston at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Coverage continues through the week with the Mariners and Cubs facing off March 3; Washington and the Mets on March 4, and the World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodgers taking on the Kansas City Royals on March 5. All four games will simulcast on TV on ESPN and online through the ESPN App. ESPN Deportes will carry a Spanish language broadcast of the Dodgers/Royals game March 5.

In related news, ESPN’s MLB 2021 regular season coverage starts on Opening Night, April 1. The Nationals and Mets will go under the lights live on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET for the game.

ESPN’s season-opening edition of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell is scheduled to air at 8:30 p.m. ET, April 4 on ESPN. The Los Angeles Angels Angels and Chicago White Sox will face off in this year’s season premiere.

More information on ESPN’s Major League Baseball coverage is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

Websitehttps://espn.go.com/mlb

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/ESPNBaseballTonight

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/BBTN

To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to https://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.

Time Life’s ‘Laugh-In’ Re-Issue Is Among 2021’s Top New DVD/BD Re-Issues

Courtesy: Time Life

Fans of NBC’s classic sketch comedy series Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In: The Complete Series are getting a new opportunity to own the series in whole thanks to Time Life.  More than three  years  after the show’s initial full-series release, Time Life has re-issued the show in its fun, this  time with some notable differences from its previous release, the first being the packaging.  This will be addressed shortly.  The new re-issue’s average price point is notable in its own right and will be examined a little later.  The set’s overall content and quality thereof rounds out the most important of this set’s presentation and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the collection in its own way.  All things considered, the items noted here make this re-issue a presentation that the most devoted fans of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In will enjoy.

Time Life Entertainment’s new re-issue of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In: The Complete Series is a presentation that the series’ most devoted of the series’ fans will appreciate.  That is especially the case for those noted fans who might not have purchased the series’ 50th anniversary box set, which was released in 2017.  That set marked the first time that the timeless series ever received a full-series release.  One of the most important elements of this re-issue that deserves attention is its packaging.  The packaging used for the re-issue is simple.  It features all six of the series’ previously released standalone season sets contained in a   lightweight cardboard outer box.  The series’ 50th anniversary release by comparison, holds each of the show’s standalone season sets in a much more durable box similar to that used in Time Life’s Carol Burnett Show box set that was released in 2016.  While the box used to house the standalone sets in Laugh-In’s 50th anniversary set is sturdier than that of this new re-issue, the packaging for the series’ re-issued set is more ergonomic.  Audiences will find it easier to place the series onto their DVD/BD racks rather than having to set out the larger set on, say a coffee table or somewhere else.  What’s more, the simpler packaging also means that instead of having to open the container, they can just slide the separate boxes out of the bigger housing.  Now the immediate rebuttal there is that such packaging also allows for boxes to just slide out, fall, and break.  That is a valid argument.  There is no denying that.  However, true devotees of Laugh-In are going to be careful so as to protect the set so they can enjoy the show for years to come.  To that end, the more ergonomic packaging ultimately proves to be a key positive to take away from this set, and just one of its positives.  The set’s average price listing is important in its own right to address.

Time Life’s new re-issue of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In: The Complete Series is difficult to find in researching its price at major retailers.  Information provided last month ahead of the set’s release stated its MSRP was $169.95.  It is also listed at Amazon at a far less expensive cost of $97.89 and at Best Buy only slightly more expensive, at $98.99.  These are the only major retail outlets at which the set’s re-issue was listed at the time of this review’s posting.  The three listings collectively make the set’s average price listing $122.28, which is itself well-below the noted MSRP of $169.95.  Additionally, the prices of less than $100 at Best Buy and Amazon mean that audiences who want to own the series in whole will not break their budgets to own the collection.  That is even with shipping and handling added in.

Staying on the topic of the set’s pricing, the noted prices for the new re-issue are also lower by themselves and averaged than those for the original release’s average price point of $154.30.  The set was only listed through Amazon, Walmart, and Time Life at the time of this review’s posting.  Amazon and Walmart’s listings of $106.45 were far less expensive than the listing of $250.00 (five separate payments of $49.99 – or basically $50.00) through Time Life.  In other words, the separate and overall price for this re-issued set are less expensive than those of the original set.  So what people get here overall is a set that takes up less space than the original set and that is less expensive than that presentation.   Keeping all of this in mind, this set offers the most devoted fans of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In plenty to appreciate from this set.  It still is not the last of the set’s most important aspects.  The content and quality thereof in this set rounds out its most important elements.

The content featured in this set and its quality are collectively so important because they ensure audiences largely get the same content as in Time Life’s existing Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In sets.  The only difference between this set and the 50th anniversary set, again released in 2017, is that this set lacks the bigger booklet that accompanied that earlier set.  That is not necessarily a bad thing, though.  Considering that this set is just another collection of the standalone season sets, then nothing else is lacking. The same audio and video quality is there, creating the same sense of nostalgia as the existing sets created.  The in-depth episode guides featured in those previous releases are here, too.  So in essence, the content featured in this collection ensures that audiences will have the same positive viewing experience in this case as with the show’s existing sets.  That insurance, together with the overall more affordable prices and  more ergonomic packaging creates an overall presentation here that makes Time Life’s new presentation of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In one of this year’s best new DVD/BD re-issues.

Time Life Entertainment’s recent re-issue of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In: The Complete Series is a positive new presentation of the timeless sketch comedy show.  Coming more than three years after the initial release of the show’s full series run, it offers lots to like, beginning with its packaging.  The packaging is far more ergonomically sound than that of the show’s previous full-series release.  The set’s average and separate price listings are less expensive than those of the show’s previous full-series set, making for even more appeal.  The only down side to those price listings is that there are so few listings.  That aside, the overall pricing is still positive.  The fact that audiences largely get the same content and quality here as those who might own the existing sets rounds out this set’s most important elements.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of this presentation.  All things considered, they make the set one of this year’s best new DVD/BD re-issues.  Time Life Entertainment’s new re-issue of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In: The Complete Series is available now.

More information on this and other titles from Time Life is available online now at:

Websitehttps://timelife.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/TimeLifeUS

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TimeLifeUS

To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to https://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.

Shout! Factory, MLB Productions Hit It Out Of The Park Yet Again With 2020 World Series Collector’s Edition Box Set

Courtesy: Shout! Factory/MLB Productions

The 2021 Major League Baseball season will start on time.  Unlike last year’s shortened season, this year will feature spring training in whole – starting Sunday, Feb. 28 – and the league’s entire 162-game schedule will kick off Apr. 1, with all 30 clubs hitting diamonds across the country.  While audiences still have more than a week left to wait for the start of the 2021 season, MLB Productions and Shout! Factory have just the thing for audiences to pass the time.  The companies partnered to release the 2020 World Series Collector’s Edition last week.  The eight-disc set’s release continues a long-running partnership between the companies and is just as enjoyable as the two sides’ previous full World Series box sets.  That is proven in part through the set’s very presentation.  This will be discussed shortly.  The bonus content that accompanies the set adds to the set’s appeal.  It will be discussed a little later.  The set’s companion booklet rounds out its most important items and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the collection.  All things considered, they make the 2020 World Series Collector’s Edition yet another great presentation for any baseball fan, especially if those fans Los Angeles Dodgers loyalists.

The 2020 World Series Collector’s Edition continues a long trend of successful home releases from MLB Productions and Shout! Factory that goes back many years.  It  has  much to offer audiences regardless of team loyalty,  beginning with its very presentation.  Audiences get here, the whole of the six-game 2020 World Series from its first pitch to its last right from the original broadcasts on FOX.  As with the existing World Series sets from MLB Productions and Shout! Factory, the commercials are gone, shortening the presentation to a point.  Adding to appeal, audiences have multiple listening options.  Fans can listen separately to the FOX broadcast team’s audio throughout the series, as well as from the Dodgers’ own radio affiliate and in Spanish for those audiences, too.  There are some audiences out there who, regardless of team affiliation, have open said over the years that they prefer their teams’ radio broadcasts the TV broadcast coverage.  So once again, that will certainly add to the enjoyment since each broadcast is its own presentation.  Going back to the very presentation of the game, maybe there were those who might have been unable to watch the World Series for one reason or another.  Now those viewers and everyone else can enjoy the game at their own pace, even being able to pause the game when they need to maybe go use the restroom or get a snack.  No doubt, this will appeal greatly to a wide range of audiences.  It will certainly allow viewers to enjoy the annual Fall Classic at their own pace as they count the days to the start of the 2021 season.  It is just one part of what makes the set so enjoyable.  The bonus content that comes with the full world series set will appeal even more.

The bonus content in question comes in the form of the Dodgers’ key wins in Game 3 of the National League Divisional Series and Game 7 of the National League Championship Series.  The Dodgers routed the San Diego Padres in Game 3 of the NLDS to move on to the NLCS to face the Atlanta Braves.  The Dodgers would then defeat the Braves in seven, with that deciding game being close at 4-3 the final.  Audiences are reminded that the Padres and Dodgers had an intense rivalry taking place last season.  That included some moments of heightened emotions during the regular season and the NLDS.  Audiences will see some of those contentious emotions in the Game 3 broadcast, too.  Staying on that topic, that rivalry looks to resume this season, as both teams have been very active in bolstering their rosters during the offseason.  To that end, audiences will likely see more tension between the two sides this year.  On the other side, with the NLCS, the battle between the Braves and Dodgers was obviously hard-fought, going right down to the last inning of the series’ last game.  Audiences will thrill at every at bat and every pitch and catch in this fateful game.  Honestly, real fans (again regardless of team loyalty) will watch those two games before the world series, to really get the full effect and appreciation for the Dodgers’ road to the championship.  When they are considered along with the set’s full World Series presentation, the overall experience that audiences get is fully immersive, engaging, and entertaining.  While the primary and secondary content featured in the 2020 World Series Collector’s Edition goes a long way toward making the set so enjoyable, it collectively is just a portion of what audiences will appreciate about the presentation.  The companion booklet that comes with the collection puts the final touch to the collection’s presentation.

This year is hardly the first that a World Series set from Shout! Factory and MLB Productions has ever included a companion booklet.  Building on that, the booklet featured with this set is just as important to the collection as those featured with the companies’ existing World Series collections.  Audiences get lots of trivia and information that relates to each game within the series that maybe the broadcast teams missed.  For instance, audiences learn thanks to the booklet’s information, Clayton Kershaw passed Justin Verlander for the most strikeouts ever in the post season during Game 5 of the World Series.  There is even a little bit of background information on the NLDS and NLCS games here.  Viewers learn through the companion booklet, that  Los Angeles’ Game 7 win over Atlanta in the NLCS made the team the fourth MLB team to come back from 2-0 and 3-1 separations to win a best of seven series.  That speaks to the team’s never-say-die attitude last season.  It was that attitude (and of course a bad call by Tampa Bay’s manager in Game 6 to change pitchers) that ultimately led the Dodgers to last season’s title.  Yet another interesting fact revealed in the companion booklet is that in Game 1 of the World Series, is that in that game, Mookie Betts became the first player since Babe Ruth to be walked and to steal two bases in the same inning of a World Series game.  That shows talent and respect/fear that the opposing team had for him.  That is a big statement.  When this tidbit is considered along with the other items noted here and so much more information, no doubt is left that the companion booklet that comes with the 2020 World Series Collector’s Edition is just as important to the engagement and entertainment of the set as the rest of the set’s content.  All things considered, the set becomes another must have for any MLB fan.

Shout! Factory and MLB Productions’ presentation of the 2020 World Series Collector’s Edition is a presentation that baseball fans and Los Angeles Dodgers fans alike will welcome into their homes.  Whether watched ahead of the start of the 2021 MLB season, during or even after, this collection does everything right.  Its presentation presents audiences with the full 2020 World Series to watch at their own pace and with three separate listening options.  The pivotal NLDS Game 3 and NLCS Game 7 as bonus content adds even more enjoyment to the presentation.  The games help to show how hard this Dodgers club fought to get to the pennant in 2020.  The companion booklet that comes with the set once again adds its own layer of enjoyment to the whole.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the set.  All things considered, they make this presentation yet another impressive offering from MLB Productions and Shout! Factory that any baseball fan will appreciate.  It is available now.

More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

Websitehttps://www.shoutfactory.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/shoutfactoryofficial

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/ShoutFactory

More information on the sets is available online along with all of the latest Major League Baseball headlines at:

Websitehttps://www.mlb.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/mlb

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/mlb

To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to https://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.

ESPN To Air Dale Earnhardt Documentary Sunday Ahead Of Daytona 500

Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN will celebrate the life and legacy of a racing legend Sunday ahead of the Daytona 500.

The network will air its new E60 presentation Intimidator: The Lasting Legacy of Dale Earnhardt at noon ET. The program examines Earnhardt’s legacy, as the title suggests, including the impact that his death at the 2001 Daytona 500 had one safety innovations in NASCAR’s vehicles.

Reporter Ryan McGee — who cohosts Marty and McGeee with Marty Smith — will present the story. Over the course of the story, McGee interviewed figures, such as Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman, and Steve Phelps among others for the presentation. Excerpts from the program will air on ESPN throughout the week on SportsCenter.

Additionally, McGree will make a special appearance on the ESPN Daily Podcast Friday. The special presentation will air subsequently on ESPN’s networks multiple times after its initial airing, for those who might not be able to catch the documentary Sunday.

Intimidator: The Lasting Legacy was co-produced by Scott Cikowski, Jason Kostura, and John Minton.

More information on ESPN’s NASCAR coverage is available along with all of the latest sports headlines at:

Website: https://espn.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ESPN

Twitter: https://twitter.com/espn

To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to https://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.

New ‘NOVA’ Episode Will “Heat Up” Discussions On Climate Change

Courtesy: PBS/PBS Distribution

Climate change is real.  As much as some parties might want to continue denying that truth, the fact is that it is real.  What’s more humans are having an impact on the natural process.  More than two years ago, PBS tackled the topic in an episode of its hit science-based series NOVA in the form of the episode Decoding the Weather Machine.  Late last month, the network, along with its distribution wing – PBS Distribution — followed up that episode when it released another episode of NOVA titled simply Can We Cool The Planet?  The nearly hour-long episode of NOVA continues the discussion started in the prior episode by discussing the varied efforts to help reduce carbon dioxide levels in the Earth’s atmosphere.  That central story forms the foundation of this episode and makes it quite engaging.  It will be addressed shortly.  The discussions that will stem from the concepts make for their own important factor here.  This will be discussed a little later.  The pacing of the overall discussion rounds out the program’s most important elements.  It will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of this episode of NOVA.  All things considered they make this episode of NOVA a presentation that is sure to make discussions “heat up” on climate change.

NOVA’s latest episode focusing on the topic of climate change is a good companion piece to the series’ previously released climate change-focused episode Decoding the Weather Machine.  This is proven in part through its central story.  The story in question focuses on the topic of the varied efforts being taken to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in Earth’s atmosphere.  Saying that those methods are varied is an understatement. Viewers will be quite interested for instance to learn about the machines that are already in use to collect carbon dioxide from the air.  It is just one of the many methods that are being used and tested.  Another method being proposed and tested is the use of water, laden with carbon dioxide that is then placed back in the ground, effectively putting the carbon back into the ground that has been removed.  There are also scientists who are investigating and testing the possibility of recycling the carbon collected from carbon dioxide to help in the creation of everyday household items.  The varied methods continue from here.  There is what is known as “carbon neutral” fuel and even using carbon to help with composting and agriculture in general, as well as a process called “cloud lightening,” which is exactly what it sounds like; an attempt to use aerosols to lighten clouds, and in turn using that lightness to  reflect more sunlight.  Simply put, a lot of different methods are presented here, and the ultimate takeaway is that it is encouraging that so many people are working to reduce the planet’s temperature, which is increasing in distinct part because of carbon dioxide levels in the air.  What’s more, it may take every method featured in this episode to finally cool the planet.  Staying on that matter, the discussions on whether one proposed method, all of them, or even one not yet discovered, adds to the appeal of this episode of NOVA.

The discussions that are sure to rise from Can We Cool the Planet? will be in-depth.  Going back to the varied methods proposed and tested, audiences will note the there is no bias toward one or another.  Even in the discussion on the impact of mass tree planting, it is noted that the method in question had (and has) detractors.  That in itself will certainly generate discussion.  That is because there has been a mantra for ages that trees are so important.  This critic is not denying their importance in addressing the planet’s carbon dioxide levels.  The methodology here, though is interesting.  The revelation of how much effort it would take to build enough carbon dioxide scrubbers in order to really make an impact on the planet’s carbon dioxide levels is eye-opening.  It is sure to generate discussions about the usefulness (or lack thereof) of the devices.  On yet   another level, the pros of carbon neutral fuels versus their very high cost, which have been hotly debated among politicians and ecologists the world over for cars and planes, will come up among viewers here, too.  Yet again, there is no bias one way or another in this topic’s discussion in the program, but supporters and opponents of the topic are sure to have their own discussions after watching this episode.  This is another way in which the episode stands out.  The pacing of all of the discussions overall puts the finishing touch to this presentation.

There are a lot of topics approached in NOVA: Can We Cool the Planet?  Considering all of those topics, it would have been so easy for the program to get bogged down in itself.  That is especially the case considering that the topics are handled in the standard run time of 53 minutes.  That standard time for NOVA’s episodes does not leave a lot of time to cover each proposed and method of carbon reduction.  Yet, the episode’s creative team makes the most of that time, allowing just enough discussion on each.  The result is that audiences will never feel lost within the episode or left behind.  That is a testament to the work put in to the episode’s creation.  It paid off fully. Keeping that in mind, this aspect joins with the episode’s content and its resultant discussions, the program in whole proves to be another unforgettable and necessary episodes of NOVA.  To that end, this episode becomes unquestionably one of this year’s top new documentaries. 

NOVA: Can We Cool the Planet? is a wonderful companion piece to PBS’ previous climate  change-based NOVA episode Decoding the Weather Machine.  That is proven in large part through its central story.  The story focuses on the myriad ways in which people and companies around the world are working to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere.  The discussions that the presentation will definitely generate build on the foundation formed by the episode’s story.  The episode’s pacing puts the final touch to the program, ensuring in its own way, viewers’ maintained engagement and entertainment.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of this episode of NOVA.  All things considered, they make the episode a presentation that will make talks on climate change really “heat up.”  NOVA: Can We Cool the Planet? is available now.

More information on this and other episodes of NOVA is available online now at:

Websitehttps://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/NOVApbs

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/novapbs

To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to https://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.

‘Nature: Santa’s Wild Home’ Is A Museum Quality Documentary

Courtesy: PBS/PBS Distribution

The holiday season has come and gone once again, but don’t tell the people at PBS and PBS Distribution.  That is because early last month – Jan. 5 to be exact — PBS Distribution released a new gift for eyes and ears in another new episode of PBS’ hit wildlife series Nature in the form of Nature: Santa’s Wild Home.  The 53-minute presentation takes viewers to Lapland, Finland, also playfully called “Santa’s Home.”  It gained that moniker because of all of its snow and reindeer, and has been associated with Santa since approximately 1927.  This episode of Nature is an interesting presentation because it is anchored more by its cinematography than anything else.  This will be discussed shortly.  While the cinematography goes a long way toward making the program appealing, the story adds a tiny touch more enjoyment.  It will be discussed a little later.  The narration of that story builds even more on its appeal and rounds out the most important of the episode’s elements.  It will also be discussed later.  Each item addressed here is important in its own way to the whole of the episode’s presentation.  All things considered, they make this episode of Nature a gift on DVD that any Nature fan will appreciate.

PBS Distribution’s recently released home presentation of Nature: Santa’s Wild Home is a gift that any Nature fan will appreciate whether on Christmas or any other time of the year.  That is proven in large part through its cinematography.  Viewers will wonder at the powerful visuals of Lapland, which is the northernmost region of Finland.  It is in fact part of the Arctic Circle.  The time lapse photography of the northern lights shining bright in the region’s night sky is so powerful, seeing the lights not only in the sky, but reflecting in the water below.  The aerial shots of the reindeer being herded make for their own appeal.  It is so interesting to see the reindeer moving together, moving along so steadily.  On yet another note, the footage of the humpback whales breaching in the waters off the region’s coast is simply awe-inspiring.  Those shots are taken at the water level, from what one has to assume were from the deck of a boat.  Being so close up to the action adds to that moment’s entertainment even more.  Watching a Great Gray Owl coast down onto the snow, as simple as it is, is impressive, too.  One has to wonder about the frames per second rate that was used to capture this moment as the owl’s wings help it glide in and catch its prey in the snow.  Even the aerial footage of the region’s fjords makes for its own appeal, too.  The whole comes across as a visual experience that is perfectly fit for a large, widescreen.  As a matter of fact, one can’t help but wonder in watching all of these images, if the initial presentation was recorded in IMAX.  It is that powerful, overall, and makes for a solid foundation for the overall presentation.

While the visual aspect of Nature: Santa’s Wild Home does a lot to make the program so engaging and entertaining, the story that accompanies the visuals adds perhaps slightly more.  To be precise, the story in question is not even really much of a story.  It is really just a profile of all of the wildlife that call Lapland home.  As noted, there are humpback whales and Great Grey Owls.  Along with them, there are also Orcas, bears, wolves, and of course plenty of reindeer.  Audiences learn through the program’s “story” about the competition for resources between the wolves and bears during the colder, snowy months of the year, as well as the dangers that even other bears face from the larger males.  Additionally, viewers get to watch a mother Great Grey Owl raising her young.  That part of the “story” offers audiences some light hearted moments as the adolescent owl grows up.  Narrator Scott Brick even makes a joke here that will garner some laughs from viewers.  The joke in question is subtle and will be left for viewers to discover for themselves.  Speaking of the narration, it works with the cinematography to put the finishing touch to the presentation.

Brick’s narration is so calm throughout the course of the episode.  Yet the color that he uses in his delivery and the very wording and pacing that is used ensures viewers’ engagement and entertainment even more.  Whether Brick wrote his own script or it was written for him is unknown, but regardless it does so much for the presentation.  It takes a program that is otherwise little more just a visual treat and makes it a rich, enthralling work that is up there with some of the best museum quality documentaries.  Between Brick’s work, that of those who captured the episode’s footage, and those who edited the whole thing and assembled it all, the presentation becomes a work that is a unique gift for fans of Nature.

PBS Distribution’s home release of Nature: Santa’s Wild Home is a presentation that is as good as any museum quality documentary.  It might not necessarily be overly memorable in the long term, but is still an impressive presentation in its own right that is worth watching at least occasionally.  That is proven in part through the episode’s cinematography, which forms the episode’s foundation.  The cinematography is a visual treat for audiences and is sure to keep viewers engaged and entertained throughout.  The “story” at the episode’s heart is a profile of the animals that call Lapland home.  It doesn’t really tell a story per se, but at least builds a little on the cinematography.  The narration featured in this episode rounds out its most important elements.  The narration provides a certain nuance to the episode that when paired with the cinematography, helps to make this episode a strong and visual experience that holds its own against any museum quality documentary.  Nature: Santa’s Wild Home is available now.

More information on this and other episodes of Nature is available online now at:

Websitehttp://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/PBSNature

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/PBSNature

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

PBS Crafts Another Of 2021’s Top New Docs in New ‘Nature’ Episode

Courtesy: PBS/PBS Distribution

Back in 2015, National Geographic and Virgil Films followed the efforts of workers at the Wolong Panda Center in China to protect and breed pandas in the then new documentary Pandas: The Journey Home.  The 40-minute presentation followed the center’s employees as they worked to not only protect the bears, but also prepare them for a life in the wild.  The efforts were aimed at helping increase the still low population of pandas.  Fast forward six years and audiences have gotten another such program, this time from PBS in the form of the Nature episode Pandas: Born to be Wild.  Released on DVD Jan. 5, the new profile proves to be an admirable companion piece (of sorts) to the aforementioned documentary.  That is due in part to its story, which will be addressed shortly.  The cinematography featured in the 53-minute episode builds on the program’s appeal.  It will be discussed a little later.  Noting everything else, the run time and pacing collectively round out the program’s most important elements here.  They will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the episode.  All things considered, they make the episode another enjoyable edition of Nature.

Nature: PandasBorn to be Wild is yet another strong addition to the long-running series that audiences will find enjoyable.  Not only that, but it is also a presentation that every nature and animal lover in general should see at least once.  That is proven in part through its central story.  The story in question follows the efforts of workers at a panda sanctuary in China’s Qinling Mountains to breed and release pandas into the wild.  It is very similar, stylistically, to the story in National Geographic and Virgil Films’ 2015 documentary Pandas: The Journey Home.  The main difference between the two documentaries is that the earlier documentary focused on pandas at another of China’s 40-plus panda centers.  To be precise, it focuses on the efforts undertaken at the Wolong Panda Center in the Chengdu Mountains.  This story meanwhile takes place at another center in the Qinling Mountains.  Audiences will be interested to learn about the lengths to which the center’s employees go in order to prepare pandas raised at the facility for life in the wild.  From dressing up as pandas and squirting themselves with panda urine (yes, you read right – simply so they can check the health of a baby cub – to keeping 24/7 watch on the pandas through a series of cameras, to even simply minimizing contact with the bears (so as to let them act as naturally as possible), the lengths to which the center’s employees go are great, and are aimed at helping the pandas…well…be pandas.  There is a lot of cuteness throughout the nearly hour-long program as the (thankfully) unnamed cub grows and learns how to be a panda.  Audiences will laugh as the narrator points out the cub’s “struggles” to grow and become independent of its mother.  That is because its actions are so much like those of an adolescent human.  At one point, the cub (at the equivalent age of a human teen) seems like it is finally becoming independent, but then regresses, not even able to figure out how to properly do something as simple as eating bamboo shoots.  It doesn’t seem funny on the surface, but in reality is funny because, again, it is so much like so many human teens.  At other points, the actions of the cub’s mom almost exactly mirror those of a human mother, making for its own share of entertainment and engagement.  The mother panda, in one of those points, grabs at her cub as he tries to climb a tree.  The noises that she makes as she tries to stop her cub from climbing a tree let viewers know (along with the narrator) that she does not want her baby climbing but so high.  This moment will bring plenty of smiles and laughter.  That the narrator points out her babying of her own baby (much like so many human moms) will bring its own share of laughs.  Something as simple as that ensures audiences’ engagement even more.

For all of the cuteness that takes place in the panda center, there is also much observation of the few wild pandas in the mountains that is more serious.  These moments help create a clear juxtaposition for viewers, pointing out how much work the protected cub has to do before it is ready for the wild.  Staying on that note, there are some semi-blurry scenes involving pandas mating in the wild here.  To that point, these moments are not kid friendly, so some viewer discretion is advised.  Otherwise, the rest of the program will find appeal among most audiences through its story, which follows the cub’s growth and development.  Making the story even better is the fact that audiences do not have to endure any preaching about environmentalism in this episode, unlike so many past episodes.  That is the best note of all here.  There is so much more in the story for audiences to enjoy.  Audiences will be left for viewers to discover on their own.  Keeping that in mind, the story is just one aspect of this episode that audiences will enjoy.  The cinematography featured in the episode adds its own appeal.

The cinematography featured in Nature: Pandas Born to be Wild is stunning to say the very least.  The wide shots of the mountain valley will leave audiences in awe throughout the seasons, for starters.  Watching a large male panda get so close to the camera crews in the mountains at one point makes for another awe-inspiring moment.  Thankfully the large male does not attack the camera crew, but seeing it so up close in the wild is a powerful moment in is own right in terms of the cinematography.  The many moments shared between the mother panda and her cub – including the sweetest moment early on in which she cradles her newborn — make for their own engagement and entertainment.  Between these moments and others, the cinematography featured in this episode of Nature makes for so much visual entertainment.  Together with the episode’s story, the two elements collectively enrich the episode even more.  They are just a portion of what audiences will find appealing, too.  The program’s collective pacing and run time round out its most important elements.

As has already been noted, Nature: Pandas Born to be Wild clocks in at 53 minutes, which is the typical run time for most of the series’ episodes.  There is actually a lot going on in this episode’s story considering the comparison of how pandas in the wild live and how the featured panda cub lives.  The story’s end will not be revealed here since it is not the most important aspect.  What is important to note is that the transitions between the panda center and the wilds of the Qinlin Mountains is steady and stable throughout the course of the noted run time.  That stability in the transitions ensures in its own right, that the program’s pacing remains stable, too.  It is the cornerstone of the overall story of the panda cub’s growth, which again is so entertaining and engaging just because that story will find audiences laughing and “awwwing” throughout.  That aspect and the stable transitions together keep the story moving fluidly throughout the episode, putting the finishing touch to the program.  By story’s end, audiences will feel fulfilled.  To that end, this element is the final touch to the program’s presentation.  Together with the cinematography and the story itself, all three elements make the program in whole another standout episode of Nature.

Nature: Pandas Born to be Wild is a presentation that audiences will agree is another enjoyable addition to the long-running wildlife series’ body of work.  Its central story, which follows the growth and development of a young panda cub in the Qinlin Mountains of China does well to compare his development versus how wild pandas live.  What’s more, it avoids any unnecessary preachy environmentalist message.  The cinematography featured along with the story adds to the episode’s engagement and entertainment.  The story’s collective run time and pacing put the finishing touch to the episode’s presentation.  Thanks to those elements, audiences will never feel left behind or overwhelmed, which is another positive.  Each item noted here is important in its own right to the whole of this episode of Nature.  All things considered, the episode in whole proves to be another example of what makes Nature such an enjoyable program.  They make this program easily one more of 2021’s top new documentaries.

More information on this and other episodes of Naure is available online at:

Websitehttps://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/PBSNature

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/PBSNature

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

Time Life To Release ‘Laugh-In’ Full Series Set Next Month

Courtesy: Time Life/NBC

NBC’s classic psychedelic sketch comedy show Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In is getting a re-issue.

More than three years after its initial release, the six-season series will receive the re-issue treatment. It will spread across 37-discs and is scheduled for release Feb. 2 through Time Life at an expected MSRP of $169.95. It marks the first time that the series has ever released in one collection. Time Life has previously released the series in a collection of standalone DVD sets.

The forthcoming collection will feature not only the series in whole, but also a variety of bonuses. Among the featured bonuses are interviews with the likes of Ruth Buzzi, Arte Johnson, and Lily Tomlin, all of whom appeared in the series over the course of its six season run on NBC. Additionally, audiences are treated to pilot episode of LaughIn as a bonus, along with a gag reel and tribute to George Schlatter.

More information on this and other titles from Time Life is available online now at:

Websitehttps://timelife.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/TimeLifeUS

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TimeLifeUS

To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to https://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.