The latest Episode from National Geographic Channel’s ORIGINS, echoes with reality in today’s world, with global strife continuing that includes the use of poison gas and the latest artillery.
National Geographic Channel ORIGINS: The Journey of Humankind
Jason Silva, narrator
National Geographic/ Asylum Entertainment
Each episode is 50 minutes in length
8 Episodes in this series
Episode Five shown April 10, 2017
The last soldier killed at the end of WWI was Henry Gunther. Around the European trenches, it seemed to rain all the time, with ground mist, mud, dampness and home was far, far away. Then, The War was over and an Armistice was signed, but at 10:55 a.m., Henry fixed a bayonet to his rifle and decided to make a charge toward the German line and a German soldier responded in kind. The newest weapons then were gas and water powered machine guns, which could cut a swath through any person or line.
The latest Episode from National Geographic Channel’s ORIGINS, echoes with reality in today’s world, with global strife continuing that includes the use of poison gas and the latest artillery. There is commentary about war by Senator John McCain and Dr. Paul Springer. As was stated, this War began with the military using horses and ended with them using gasoline powered motor cars. The only national memorial and museum to WWI is located in Kansas City, Mo.
A quote from the series by Chris Hedges is as follows, “In the past 3400 years, there have been 9000 wars.” Gives one an idea of stability in boundary relations and the envy of looking toward a green pasture and thinking it was better than yours, so why not take it? Today it is oil.
The concept of war goes so far back into antiquity, one wonders where, exactly, was the starting point? Strategies, the psychology of your proposed enemy, and what to do with them if you win, are all part of this game that makes life on the planet like living in a chess match. Who is going to move you next? “The Art of War“ by Sun Tzu, written over 2000 years ago, is still an accurate compilation of war policy. You may not feel like a pawn, but in global interests, you are. In the famous battles of history, there is always ingenuity and determination. It comes down to going against enormous odds. And still, man moves forward into the 9001 number and beyond for military combat.
Direction, cinematography and music are excellent.
ORIGINS: The Journal of Humankind is produced by Asylum Entertainment for National Geographic. The series will run on television in 171 countries and 43 languages that will see and hear it. The eight episodes are “Fire” (March 6, 2017), “Medicine” (March 13, 2017) “Money” (March 20, 2017, ) “Communication” (March 27, 2017), “War” (April 10, 2017), “Shelter” (April 17, 2017), “Exploration” (April 24, 2017) and “Transportation” (May 1, 2017.) Special effects are by John Boswell (also known as Melodysheep.) For more information see www.nationalgrographic.com or on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, Linkedin and Pinterest.
Copyright 2017 Marie Asner