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Columbus: Secrets from the Grave

Spoiler alert!

If you have a TiVo or have otherwise recorded this for later viewing, delete it or just skip to the last ten minutes and save fifty minutes of your life. It's an hour-long program, which for the first fifty minutes pretty much just introduces a few theories about his identity and how they'll try to prove them: Was he really a Genoese weaver's son? Was he a pirate, a mercenary, a nobleman from Catalan? Was he hiding his illegitimacy? Was he disguising a Jewish heritage to hide from the Inquisition? The last ten minutes (really about 7-1/2), they answer these questions: No. No, probably, yes. Dunno. No. There, that took only about one minute to tell you everything you need to know.

I hate it when they do these intense investigation specials, tantalize you with questions which "will be answered," and then keep asking them over and over and over. At the end, it boils down to so little actual pertinent information that you feel totally ripped off. Oh, and then there's the obligatory if-you-liked-the-program-you've-just-watched-you-can-own-it-on-DVD-for-only-an-arm-and-a-leg promo. The gall.

Grr.

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