Saturday, October 10, 2009

"For Cusick Fans"

This week on the PBS series "Nova", the show veered off into more of a "Masterpiece Theater" genre, showing a two-part movie "Darwin's Darkest Hour." Henry Ian Cusick stars as Charles Darwin, looking still very much like island-Des with the longer Victorian period hair, but without the Scottish accent. Cusick plays the fatherly Darwin well, who in this stage of his life before his notes and ideas were published, balanced his passion for studying nature with family life. The 2-hour drama is interesting, but a bit heavy on the exposition. Much of Darwin's formative years of study are shown in flashbacks during talks with his wife. All in all though, a good venue for Desmond fans to see Cusick in another role.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/darwin

4 comments:

maven said...

We watched it for about 1/2 hour and found it kinda slow and boring. It was nice to see "Desmond" cleaned up! LOL Charles Darwin certainly didn't have that Scottish excitability! LOL

Capcom said...

LOL, I felt the same way pretty much! After it was over I wasn't really sure what they were trying to say, or why they took that particular slice of his life and made a movie out of it. It was nice seeing Cusick in something else though.

Sayid'sgirl said...

I guess I'm strange. I liked it. It was technically interesting to me. Or maybe I should say scientifically.

I think that they were trying to show the struggle between his faith which he had lost and his love for science. That in esence he was human.

Capcom said...

Heheh, since my post I ended up watching it three times in total, all the times that it replayed on our three PBS sations. And even though I still found the exposition to drag a bit in places, I ended up liking the feel of it. I enjoyed the science too, the historical aspects, and Cusick, so it was interesting overall.