Sometimes when you have a great story, you can never tell it from enough different angles and perspectives. For that reason, I really am enjoying the newest television version of the doomed ship, Titanic. Even though I thought I knew most of all that there was to know about the event, I find that I am thrilled by this fresh approach.
The sinking of the Titanic was arguably the first great story of the Information Age. To celebrate the centennial of that historic event, ITV has created a new production.
The four part mini-series has been showing here weekly. Each episode begins with a more detailed examination of the relationships and the last day of the passengers on the same fateful trip.
Every story you could ever want to tell can be set on the Titanic's maiden voyage. You have racism, classism, heroism, selfishness, bravery, sacrifice, regret and always love.
Over the course of the mini-series they show several of the same incidents from a slightly different perspective. The layer of plot upon plot is very interesting.
When the iceberg hits we get to watch who survives and who doesn't knowing all this great background information on them. I love how we are suddenly thrust into the last hours and the absolute chaos of the situation from all these different points of view. You could almost sustain a half season's worth of episodes made by this same creative team and I would come back each and every week to see them.
Jenna-Louise Coleman is extremely appealing as a maid who works on the ship as is Glen Blackhall as Paulo, the young Italian waiter and dreamer who falls in love with her. Their relationship is a beautiful thing to watch unfold.
In the 20 or so minutes of their story, I felt more real emotions than I ever did watching the James Cameron mega blockbuster. If this arc doesn't have a happy ending I will probably take my life.
Next week is the last part of the series so no one spoil it for me by telling me how it ends.
Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness
I forever stand vigilant to protect this planet from the myriad of forces that are always against us. Be it the octopus, zombies, aliens or the robots my team of human agents, and our feline allies, circle the globe in a never ending struggle for human freedom.
I learn all I can on every subject that interests me. I especially enjoy ancient history because in the past there are valuable lessons to be found. Also, if I ever get my time machine to work properly, it would be good to know a bit about possible destinations and what to expect when I get there.
I greatly appreciate beautiful design. Be it manufactured or found naturally I am fascinated by the process of invention. I am attracted to the unique, the strange, the haunted. I like to share what I find on this blog.
And not let us forget the 'Cephalopod Menace' who, if allowed to, would wrap their tentacles around all that is good and pure in this life and crush it until it remained no more. They are creatures of pure spite. Hate is all they know. Death is all they do. They are our most ruthless and determined enemy.
So we fight. Selena has the celebrity contacts, the cat is ruthless and without pity, Roosevelt's ghost has the experience and I do the wetwork.
Fighting for the future of the planet doesn't have to be a chore, however. We can take the time to appreciate all that is cool in this world even as we cut the octopus into bite sized chunks.
This is the reason there has always been and must forever be, a Cave of Cool. Be sure to wipe your feet before you enter.