PBS’S COMPREHENSIVE AND ILLUMINATING EXAMINATION OF THE BOMB

THE BOMB on PBS Pros: Detailed and immensely provocative, with plenty of moments both comical and sobering Cons: This documentary asks the hard questions and is quite provocative: itt’s not the flag-waving piece some viewers might desire Timed for broadcast to roughly coincide with the seventieth anniversary of the concluding events of World War II,

“…NOW I AM BECOME DEATH…THE DESTROYER OF WORLDS:” HOW WE BUILT THE BOMB

HOW WE BUILT THE BOMB on Discovery Channel Pros:  Accessible, captivating,  and informative, with a wealth of astounding archival footage Cons:  Actual interviews not included Made for the Discovery Channel networks and first broadcast in mid 2015 to mark the seventieth anniversary of the Trinity Test, How We Built the Bomb takes the form of a dramatized

“THE QUESTION IS, WHAT’S GOING ON…” MISSING IN ALASKA

MISSING IN ALASKA on History Channel Pros: Interesting basis for the episodes… Cons: …but the conclusions drawn seem like a stretch “This dramatized program is inspired by eyewitness reports and legends and may contain certain sensationalized and/or controversial content. The personal opinions and theories expressed are not endorsed by the network. Viewer discretion is advised.

“…OUT WITH A WHIMPER…”: THE SHARK WEEK 2015 FINAL WRAP-UP

SHARK WEEK 2015: Final Wrap Up – Sharksanity: The Return and Shark Island on Discovery Channel Pros: Shark Island paints a detailed portrait of a population in the midst of a genuine shark crisis Cons: Sharksanity is a waste of time After numerous “big-hitter” programs premiered early and had been repeated throughout Shark Week 2015, this annual block of Discovery Channel programming

SHARK FEST 2015: NAT GEO WILD GETS IN ON THE ACTION WITH TWO NEW DOCS

SHARK WEEK 2015 Extra: Shark Fest – Shark Alley and United Sharks of America on Nat Geo Wild Pros: Shark Alley is an outstanding nature doc, and United Sharks is a commendably levelheaded and fact-based examination of American shark attacks Cons:  Not as slam bang a block of programming as what Discovery Channel typically provides Cashing in on the wild popularity of

A HIT AND A MISS AS SHARK WEEK 2015 STARTS TO WINDS DOWN

SHARK WEEK 2015: Night Six – Sharks of the Shadowland and Shark Clans on Discovery Channel   Pros: Sharks of the Shadowlands is captivating Cons: Lack of hard evidence hurts Shark Clans Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week typically begins with a bang, enticing viewers with the promise of huge aggressive sharks and lots of frantic underwater footage. The 2015 edition of

THE HYPOTHETICAL BEHEMOTH MAKES AN APPEARANCE (OR NOT): SHARK WEEK 2015: NIGHT FOUR

SHARK WEEK 2015: Night Four – Super Predator and Ninja Sharks on Discovery Channel Pros: A balanced mixture of science and sensationalism Cons: Neither of these really has the “punch” of some of this year’s other episodes Another night of Shark Week 2015, another mix of sensational and rational programming. Wednesday, July 8th saw the premiere of one of

SHOCK AND AWE IN EFFECT ON SHARK WEEK 2015: NIGHT THREE

SHARK WEEK 2015: Night Three – Bride of Jaws and Tiburones: Sharks of Cuba on Discovery Channel Pros: A further, rather suspenseful “monster hunt” documentary along with a genuinely fascinating survey of previously unexplored waters Cons: No big payoff in the search for “Joan of Shark,” though I’m not convinced that’s an altogether bad thing… After a lackluster