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I was raised on these and I am sad that they are no longer really made - I love the idea of having something be a complete story told over a few weeks. Mainly this is because I have the attention span of a cat with ADD. Yesterday I bought Masada, an epic tale of Romans being Romans* and a bunch of people in a mountain fortress who, despite having a wealth of experience with the Romans, seem to believe that if they defeat this particular bunch then all will be okay and they can go back to living their lives. That's the triumph of hope over experience. IT'S GOING TO BE EPIC.

ETA; Also, does anyone remember that endless mini-series Amerika, about the Russians conquering America because the Americans had apparently forgotten how to be patriotic?


*Which is to say: conquering people and then being annoyed they can't see the benefits of being ruled by Rome. And killing a few of them to make a point. And then killing a lot more to make the same point, because you can't be too careful

Date: 2011-03-21 01:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meret.livejournal.com
Masada is good! I remember watching it on when it aired. Have you seen A Town Like Alice?
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/archive/57/57.html
I highly recommend it if you can find a copy of it somewhere. :)

Date: 2011-03-21 04:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
I remember that one! It was excellent.

Date: 2011-03-21 05:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] namastenancy.livejournal.com
Oh yes - A Town Like Alice. I had the most insane crush on Bryan Brown but it was the English actor (Gordon Jackson?) who broke my heart when she chose Brown over him.

Date: 2011-03-21 06:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sucrelefey.livejournal.com
What's not to love about a still in his prime Peter O'Toole.

Date: 2011-03-22 03:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
He makes me root for the Romans.

Date: 2011-03-22 05:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cookiesworld17.livejournal.com
I'm pretty sure I watched Amerika back in the day. I seem to remember a review of it which noted the first thing the Russians did was confiscate electric coffee makers and replace them with tin coffee pots. Or maybe I'm confusing it with another post-Apocolyptic mini-series?

Date: 2011-03-24 12:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
They probably also made everyone drink decaf. Or mud. THAT'S HOW EVIL THEY WERE. (Honestly, until they shot the entire congress I was beginning to doubt their commitment to oppression.)

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