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3.0 out of 5 stars scientific, and tragic, March 15, 2011
This review is from: Nova: Crash of Flight 447 (DVD)
When we have so much technology and safety devices, why do we still have an airplane tragedy like what happened over the Atlantic Ocean? This NOVA episode tries to tackle that.
A few years before this tragedy, a few torn chips off of a rocket lead to seven brave astronauts being killed. Here, a device that didn't look bigger than a shoe lead to 200-plus passengers' deaths. Regarding the Titanic, the White Star boat company obeyed lifeboat rules, but those lifeboat rules were outdated. Here, Air France was making changes, but not in enough time to avoid this tragedy.
Titanic taught society that modernism won't cure everything and there's no such thing as a ship that can't sink. This NOVA doc showed shortcomings of 21st-century devices. If a plane can sight a storm, it still can't sight a bigger storm behind that storm. With all our technology, it is still possible for planes to disappear from every radar for at least a few minutes.
This work did not show any dead corpses, unlike Cameron's "Titanic." However, it saddened me that human bodies were floating in the Altantic and most of these victims are lying on the floor of the ocean, never to be recovered again. (Maybe I was off my meds too, but) this struck me as incredibly sad, even though it was far from gorey. I couldn't give this work five stars because it was such a bummer. I don't know if similarly sensitive viewers will enjoy this product either.
Here's a small gripe that those across "The Pond" may hate. There's a frequent interviewee who speaks through gritted teeth. He pronounced "through" like "frew." His accent or speech pattern was so annoying to me that I wish they didn't show him whatsoever. That dude really needs to work with an accomplished speech therapist before going on camera.
I love the show "Forensic Files" because at the end they summarize how a murder happened and they always show the victim going to prison. This doc showed a reenacted conclusion, but it is emphasized that this is just a guess. One interviewee said they'll never find the black box and there is no way to know things for certain without it. (That's another limitation of (post-?)modern times.
I need to keep reminding myself that planes are the safest form or transportation, or that one's chances of dying on the roads are far greater than dying in the air. However, this doc does make me want to avoid flying.
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