March 8, 2007

CRANK UP THE VCR:

Last Stand of the 300 (History Channel)

Thursday, March 08 09:00 PM

Friday, March 09 01:00 AM

Saturday, March 10 05:00 PM


After Custer, Thermopylae is the most famous last stand in history. In a narrow pass in Northern Greece, seven thousand Greek soldiers await an onslaught of epic proportions. They will soon face the largest fighting force ever assembled--the war machine of the mighty Persian Empire, estimated at over a million men. The Greeks are led by three hundred of the most ferocious warriors of the ancient world--the Spartans. Their leader is the fearless King Leonidas, who after this battle would be catapulted into legend. When it is over, every Spartan in the pass will have sacrificed his life for freedom. Creating a fresh visual style and using new technologies we will dramatically recreate the significant events that lead to Thermopylae and the clash of arms.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 8, 2007 6:31 PM
Comments

I don't think Custer would have stood if did not need to. His last stand was not by choice.
:)

Posted by: Bonzo at March 8, 2007 7:04 PM

Bonzo,

Agreed. Custer was not attempting a last stand; he was hunting for what he thought at the time to be easy glory.

Posted by: ras at March 8, 2007 7:20 PM

The History Channel has been excellent thiss week, beginning with "The Dark Ages" on Sunday, and continuing with the Barbarians series this week.

Posted by: jd watson at March 8, 2007 10:02 PM

Yeah. I was stuck out of town and watched it all. I loved the Barbarian series and realized how little I knew about such characters as Alfred the Great, Clovis, etc.

I particularly liked learning that the French king came up with the brilliant idea of paying off the terroristic vikings in the 10th century.

Any recommendations for books to learn more about the Franks, Goths, Saxons, etc?

Posted by: JAB at March 9, 2007 12:38 AM

The Lacedemonians fought not for freedom in the abstract but for their folk. Keep in mind that these were a people of the wagon train par excellance. If you have a problem with Israelis, Americans or Boers, you have a big problemn with the Spartans.

Posted by: Lou Gots at March 9, 2007 4:35 AM

The reaction in the msm to "300" is akin to BDS. The full back page of the our local liberal rag is a full color screed that defies description. It's the reaction of the demented. Normally I don't like violent movies as this is supposed to be, but anything so hated by the arbiters of popular culture, must have something I'll like about it.

So, see you at the flicks.

Posted by: erp at March 9, 2007 11:45 AM

Netflix doesn't have the History Channel DVD?

Posted by: erp at March 9, 2007 6:15 PM
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