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HALL OF FAMEon July 14, 2012
'Titanic at 100' begins with an effort to map the Titanic's 15-square-mile debris field, followed by examination of whether the ship sank because of weak rivets and/or a design flaw that allowed a seam to open too easily. Unfortunately, the program is built around the expectation of 30-some minutes of advertisements encapsulated within 90-some minutes of actual program and the narration includes constant repetition of these goals and accomplishments to that point after every advertising break point. (Thus, the total impact of the ads is much greater than the 30-minutes that they would have consumed in a normal broadcast.)

Another aggravation - too much time was spent talking, not enough viewing pieces of the Titanic. Further, the Titanic scenes were too closely focused (probably because of lighting limitations) to allow much ability to understand what was being shown. Finally, though not germane to the explorers purpose, there were no interior shots whatsoever - those would have been extremely interesting.

Why so much time was spent wondering why the Titanic broke apart near the stern is another mystery. Whether it did or did not had no bearing on the ultimate outcome. (I'm also wondering who paid for all this exploration and subsequent analysis.)

Anyway, their analyses convinced them that there were no design flaws, but somehow in their opinion the Captain wasn't guilty of speeding either - even though it was impossible to see icebergs by waves beating against their sides. Nor was the builder guilty of insufficient lifeboats. You'd almost thing nothing bad happened the night of 4/14/1912.

The 'good news' is that the underwater scenes were excellent - I just wish there had been more of them.
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