Fly Girls (American Experience/WGBH)
Sound: C+ Extras: C- Episodes: B-
The WASPs were an all-woman airplane fighter unit who
helped win WWII, only got credit for it decades later and were shut down for
being too subversive because of plans by “higher” authorities that women needed
to be put back in their whenever the war finally ended. Fly Girls is an installment of the
WGBH American Experience series that exposes the triumph of these
groundbreaking women and the ungrateful hypocrisy of those who could have cared
less if they died or not.
38 of the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) unit died
in combat, but made an indelible difference as a group that were not just able
to fly planes, but were often exceptionally skilled at it. Despite the Tuskegee Airmen finally getting
their due, you would think the only women who flew WWII were busty painted
fantasies on the side of the ones flown by men, but this fine hour (that should
have been longer) features the history and interviews with the then-many
surviving women of the unit. This is
vital history done right and worth your time.
Hopefully, it will not be the last word on this matter, but the first.
The 1.33 X 1 image is not bad for its age, though detail
limits and a variance in quality for such a documentary are standard
limitations. The Dolby Digital 2.0 is
simple stereo at best with no surrounds of any kind. The only extras are the usual weblink and DVD-ROM printable
- Nicholas Sheffo