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(Deadline)   History Channel to reboot Roots "for a new audience." Finally we can discover how ancient aliens were involved in the slave trade   ( deadline.com) divider line
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2013-11-06 11:48:47 AM  
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folks can watch Roots and see the lords owning their slaves, and it's crystal clear...

but when folks watch films about the european monarchs...  they fail to see that the serfs are slaves.. and instead identify with the lords.  so instead of (rightfully) wishing to smash the brains out of the royals.. they watch it as a romantic ideal situation.

/ in films about the lords and ladies... we are the serfs.
// there's some lovely filth over here!
/// i thought we were an autonomous collective.  you're fooling yourself !!
2013-11-06 12:02:57 AM  
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Metaluna Mutant: Given how much of ROOTS was fabricated from whole cloth by Haley (or outright plagiarized by Haley from "The African") it certainly belongs with the rest of the history channel/Discover channel etc's "wild fiction disguised as history" slate of shows.

Dont get me wrong -- great miniseries, very emotional, groundbreaking stuff. I watched it as a kid in the 70s and was one those things that gave me the passion for history I have today.

It also made doing genealogy explode in the mainstream, now omnipresent with the creation of the internet making genealogy data available to the masses. It's also a whole side of history basically ignored in public media.

But really sloppy genealogical research and outright plagiarism certainly taint the book.

If "Roots" had been simply subtitled "Historical Fiction" or "A Novel"--none of your complaints would apply, and the bolded area would be the most important thing it ever did. "Roots" pulled the whitewash, so to speak, off of history, and genuinely forced America to realize that "de plantation" wasn't all fried chicken and watermelon and Stephen Foster songs.

The history is good enough and the anthropological research, had it been done for a historical nonfiction novel, would have been groundbreaking enough for its time. It's too bad that to break through into the mainstream, there had to be MORE than just meticulous attention to detail--it had to be "personal" at that time in history.
2013-11-05 09:59:49 PM  
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16 year old colored girl, suitable for housework?
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2013-11-05 09:01:45 PM  
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A reboot is overdue, they should make it a musical about vampire enslaving werewolves with a zombie epidemic in the background. They should not forget to put in a characters that children will like, that was sadly missing from the original. And I hope they don't forget the merchandising this time, "Team Master" and "Team Slave" t-shirts should be best sellers for Christmas.
2013-11-05 08:41:51 PM  
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FriarReb98: fusillade762: Will this be one of those "darker, grittier" reboots?

Damned straight it will be! We'll see the blood splatter, the whipping will be in slow-mo, the farking will - well okay, it's History so there'll be no farking, but you get my point.

Sad thing, the reality, is that it will be done on a budget and it will look like it was shot on the set of a soap opera, with acting of similar caliber.  I predict an abomination.

Besides, they could re-run the original Roots as a "special presentation, restored and remastered in HD from the original film reels" and score much higher ratings.
2013-11-05 08:18:15 PM  
1 vote:
Not a terrible idea in theory. Too bad they'll find a way to fark it up.
2013-11-05 07:39:01 PM  
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2013-11-05 06:11:24 PM  
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I'm sure this will be about as educational as "America: fark Yeah" and "Those Robber Barons Were Great Guys".
2013-11-05 06:02:01 PM  
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"I'd never seen a real-life Congolese negro before, but I really wanted him on my plantation. So, I called up my buddy who's an expert on Congolese negroes to come and take a closer look."
2013-11-05 05:49:49 PM  
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Man, I made the mistake of watching a few episodes of Ancient Aliens last night and now my mind is full of fark. Many of the guys on that show aren't claiming that alien visitation during human history was something of a possibility but rather an indisputable fact. I felt like Gandalf: Tell me, when did the History Channel abandon historical programming for crackpottery!?
2013-11-05 05:26:03 PM  
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The Aliens were Ice Road Truckers.
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