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Atom. -- The Clash of the Titans -- The Key to the Cosmos -- The Illusion of Reality
posted by empath (20 comments total) 26 users marked this as a favorite

 
BBC 4 is consistently awesome. It alone justifies the beeb's license fee.
posted by brautigan at 1:10 PM on November 24, 2007


I'm not seeing Harry Hamlin in that second one. I call shenanigans.
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:32 PM on November 24, 2007


Caliban!
posted by gcbv at 1:38 PM on November 24, 2007


While these seem to be awesome links, I really would like at least a tiny bit of information on things before I click them. I too was expecting more Ray Harryhausen thanI got...
posted by pupdog at 1:40 PM on November 24, 2007


The first link describes the rest of them.
posted by empath at 1:44 PM on November 24, 2007


The first link describes the rest of them.

Yes, that's obvious once you click on them. I'd just like to have some idea of what I'm getting into first.
posted by pupdog at 2:25 PM on November 24, 2007


so i've started in on fourth link, and while it's a bit interesting, it's kinda anti-objective and overblown. in describing the Dirac equation, the narrator says "just look at it! don't try to understand it! just marvel at it!" he doesn't sound like he's being ironic.

but you can never tell with those brits.
posted by es_de_bah at 2:40 PM on November 24, 2007


Indeed, i was expecting a sweet 80's movie complete with claymation in the second link.
posted by Kudos at 3:11 PM on November 24, 2007


I started at the front, and am just finished the first vid. Excellent stuff. I love it. Cheesy, and plot-ridden, yes, but that's fun. Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down......
posted by fcummins at 3:59 PM on November 24, 2007


The melodrama of BBC4 documentaries is really getting to me. I mean, it is OK and all, better than a lot of documentary trash from History Channel, or wherever, but it isn't up to the BBC standard I've learned to expect.
posted by Chuckles at 5:09 PM on November 24, 2007


The first link describes the rest of them.

THEEEERE you go. Next time put something like that in the FPP, mmmkay? Some of us just assume that they're all video links, and perhaps we can't view video right now (wrong platform / sleeping spouse / whatever). Meh why did I bother typing this, it'll just be met with a mighty shrug.
posted by intermod at 5:15 PM on November 24, 2007


Here, Harryhausen, here.

Also, this is good.
posted by louche mustachio at 5:17 PM on November 24, 2007


*shrugs mightily*
posted by empath at 6:11 PM on November 24, 2007


Intermod - you can put your mouse on the link, it looks pretty clearly to me to be a general page for a BBC series, which, on hovering over the rest of the links, appear to be linked in the remainder of the FPP.
And saying mmmkay makes you sound like a fool - or a kthxbai chatroom kiddie.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 6:13 PM on November 24, 2007


these are great videos. thanks for the links. i used miro on my htpc to download the videos from google and now i'm watching them on my TV. somewhere, cory doctorow has a boner.
posted by joeblough at 7:44 PM on November 24, 2007


this is why BBC means something on your resume, and why Spike means shit on same page.
posted by Frasermoo at 8:42 PM on November 24, 2007


The melodrama of BBC4 documentaries is really getting to me.

I agree. The subject matter is interesting, but the production (god awful music!) doesn't hold a candle to witty, intelligent science shows like The Day the Universe Changed.
posted by wfrgms at 9:08 PM on November 24, 2007


I thought the music was fantastic.
posted by empath at 9:15 PM on November 24, 2007


I enjoyed this. It's amazing to think that this history/atomic science lesson is really just an overview and it still took 3 hours to relate. But I feel like I understand the subject a little better than I did before, which isn't saying much I guess but whatever.
posted by nola at 12:20 PM on November 25, 2007


Watched them all now. Overblown, but very nice in presenting some ideas that really are hard to put on screen. Whaddya expect. Good job.
posted by fcummins at 3:22 PM on November 26, 2007


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