First Flower (NOVA/WGBH)
C+ Sound: C+ Extras: C- Episode: B
anti-environmentalists just cannot help themselves. They ignore science and disaster in heaping
measure and if “denial ain’t just a river in Egypt” then the seconds location
is where they reside. Flowers are often
dismissed as effeminate curios and unimportant, but without them, the world
would die, ecosystem would collapse and food would not grow. The evolution of them has remained an amazing
mystery, but the recent NOVA
installment First Flower gives us
their history and then travels to China to find the very first ones fossilized.
specifically, we go al the way to The Hengduan Mountains which may very well
turn out to be a cradle of life as much as Africa. The questions include how they got all the
way from there to the rest of the world, unlike people, who can travel more
easily than plants. As usual, the show
is loaded with all kinds of inquiry and tries to answer many of the questions,
but it leaves you thinking like their best shows and you’ll come away with a
new respect for flowers and evolution.
X 1 letterboxed image looks good, likely shot all in digital High Definition,
but limited by this tradedown without anamorphic enhancement. Color can be beautiful, as you would expect,
but I would like to see this one in particular in HD in the near future. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is simple and
has no surrounds. The only extra is
DVD-ROM printable materials.
- Nicholas Sheffo