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A Dispatch endorsement

June 23, 2008

I was flipping through the channels one night in Destin when I happened upon filmmaker Maya Chermayeff discussing Carrier a mini-series on PBS that followed the lives of those aboard the USS Nimitz. Given that I would soon be covering the military and men and women who often found themselves living and working on air craft carriers, I made a mental note to check it out.

The show, which aired in 10 two-hour episodes, soon found a way onto my TiVo and I’ve been singing its praises ever since. This is a wonderful, compelling, moving experience that is worth tuning in for if you can figure out the schedule of your local PBS channel. The show raises some very interesting questions about faith and war and the military but it does so in a subtle enough way that you only end up caring about the people and their stories and their lives.

While not incredibly provocative, the show is refreshing in the light that it casts our servicemen and women and though the show is kind of not about any one person, you do come to care about some of the personalities on the show. There is one person on the show that has a teenage sort of melodrama storyline back home that becomes a bit cumbersome to sit through and tolerate but that is one of my sole criticisms of the mini-series. It’s really quite well done and worth watching if you’re looking for something to do during this, the Death Valley of sports on television.

UPDATE: Netflix users can add the series to their queue or watch the show instantly on the website.

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