Watched the first part of 'The Dust Bowl' last night on PBS. I'm not sure The Dust Bowl quite measures up to the very high standards we've come to expect from Ken Burns. For whatever reason I found my attention wandering a little after an hour into it. Perhaps the topic itself was not one which interested me as much as the previous American culture/events he's made documentaries about. It seemed like he started out strong laying out the history of how the Oklahoma panhandle came to be settled by Europeans, and the subsequent rise of wheat production, but when the dust storms start rolling in it just seemed to me like most everything interesting you could say about dust storms pretty much got covered in about 10 minutes and you wound up with lots of eyewitness interviews that seemed somewhat repetitive (yeah, it was really windy the skies got dark, dust piled up everywhere, and you couldn't breathe. I think we got it). Perhaps the outward migration covered in part two will be more interesting. Also, the Dust Bowl didn't have a memorable 'signature' song (e.g. Ashoken Farewell in 'The Civil War') like many of his other documentaries. So far I'm giving it a B-
Did anyone else see The Dust Bowl? What are your thoughts and impressions?
What are your favorite Ken Burns documentaries? (aw heck, let's just add a little ol' poll)