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The true story of four well known myths,
This review is from: In Search Of Myths And Heroes [DVD] (DVD)
There have been many documentaries about this subject, the truth behind myth, but this is probably the most entertaining as well as being one of the most accurate. The four myths investigated in this series are the Queen of Sheba; Shangri-la; Jason and the Golden Fleece and King Arthur. These myths are well known around the world and each one is retold while Michael Wood visits the locations mentioned to try to find the origin of such stories. The research that must have gone into making each episode is marvellous and there is little that I can fault in the explanations proposed. Probably the best episode in this series is the one about Shangri-la as this was the myth I know least about and the Michael Woods journey takes him through some stunning locations in the Himalayas and meeting some fascinating people. This series is a definite must see for anyone interested in mythology or history and where these two subjects meet.
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Initial post: 31 Mar 2008 19:44:28 BDT
How can anybody mistake the Himalayas for the Alps! Michael Woods journey makes Switzerland look like an alpine rock garden!
In reply to an earlier post on 1 Apr 2008 11:09:58 BDT
T. R. Alexander says:
Oops. Fixed it, thanks for pointing that out.
Posted on 26 Mar 2013 15:55:30 GMT
Well, it's not necessarily the "most accurate" or "true story" of the grail, or necessarily of the other subjects either because we just don't know. I completely agree that Shangri-La is the best episode, but even this suffers a lot from being too cursory. Compared to his excellent series on the Trojan War, and similary brilliant series on Alexander the Great, which both provided many hours of fascinating in-depth histories and analyses of competing ideas, these four new subjects each get less than an hour each! And barely scrape the surface, and so the travels often jump off in a particular direction without fully explaining itself along the way. Whilst ok, these are easily the weakest offerings of the TV works of Michael Wood.
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Mar 2013 19:49:54 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Mar 2013 19:50:16 GMT
T. R. Alexander says:
I would agree that the Trojan and Alexander series are better than this one and that each of the things mentioned here probably deserved longer but they were good for hour long episodes. It was eight years ago that I wrote and almost as long since I last watched this series and the other two so I may have to rewatch them if I get the time.
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