windshear
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NGC's Air Crash Investigations

Thu Mar 02, 2006 5:33 pm

Is it me or have they dropped in quality?

I have seen the first and second episode of their season three, one with the DHL that gets hit by a SAM over Bagdad, and the second one is JAL123... Both very badly recunstructed, and don't get me started with the cockpits Silly

Do they get better? Or should I watch something else Sunday night?

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RE: NGC's Air Crash Investigations

Fri Mar 03, 2006 10:26 am

Agreed, they really dropped the ball. I don't know if you've noticed, but they're using the same A300 cockpit for all of them! Not that the cockpit they're using is realistic or anything. Pathetic! This is supposed to be National Geographic!

..Oh well, I suppose I should be glad they're making any of these in the first place.  Smile

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RE: NGC's Air Crash Investigations

Fri Mar 03, 2006 11:01 am

The National Geographic Channel's content is far, far below the intellectual level of the magazine I grew up with. I don't know who runs the show over there, but most of their subject matter typically involves topics only young and naive children would consider as having scientific and/or artistic merit. Much of it is just trash TV like any other American channel would have, and the few shows that deal with subjects that interest me are typically lacking in detail and professionalism. Just watch the 10-minute synopsis at the end of their average disaster show and you'll get 90% of the content presented. What does that tell you about the rest of it?
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RE: NGC's Air Crash Investigations

Fri Mar 03, 2006 11:15 am

Quoting SATX (Reply 2):

I think you're being a little harsh. Of all the TV out there, Nat'l Geo and History are the two I spend 90% of my time on. Sure what the present isn't up to the quality of the magazine, but they have to strike a balance between commercially viable and in depth reporting (that would appeal to us eggheads). I think they do a pretty good job, far better than anything that you'll find on the big 3 (or 4 or 5).

Having said that, I do think that "Seconds from Disaster", while a great concept, is pure slop. They seam to make on (bad) 10 second graphic and then rerun it every 3 or 4 minutes for the entire segment. For the most part I find it overly sensational and pretty much unbearable.
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windshear
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RE: NGC's Air Crash Investigations

Fri Mar 03, 2006 6:32 pm

Quoting AC773 (Reply 1):
don't know if you've noticed, but they're using the same A300 cockpit for all of

Oh yes indeed I have noticed  Wow!
I mean what??? The other seasons that did have the curtesy at least do some better graphics and change cockpits once in a while.

Guess they spent too much money or so... Sheesh they should hire me to run the show  Silly

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RE: NGC's Air Crash Investigations

Sat Mar 04, 2006 9:52 am

I know what you mean as well. The scenery outside the windows in baghdad are fine. Dessert scenery. They used the same backdrop for the Fedex attck when it was coming into land. When has the eastern usa ever had desserts?

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RE: NGC's Air Crash Investigations

Sat Mar 04, 2006 10:25 am

It gives me a headache watching it with all of the camera-shaking and stop-motion at times of high drama. Add to that the fact that they have to over-dramatize many parts of it to drag out a story that in actually only took a few seconds or minutes to begin and end into a full 52 minutes, plus they have to keep an audience of mostly laymen entertained.

Still, it gives me enough of an interest to go look up the actual crash or incident reports, though. And they are from what I've seen very accurate in their facts!
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RE: NGC's Air Crash Investigations

Mon Mar 06, 2006 8:29 am

Quoting Searpqx (Reply 3):
I think you're being a little harsh. Of all the TV out there, Nat'l Geo and History are the two I spend 90% of my time on.

It's true that I'm harsh on the NGC, and I also have little love for The History Channel. Still, even they do a better job than channels like NBC, which described the 24 August 2001 Air Transat A330-200 powerless gliding event as yet another factual example of God's miracles. Instead of just asking the participants what happened they kept focusing on the praying everyone was doing. Sounded like nothing but pure dogmatic bullshit parading around as factual entertainment to me.
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