A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Mixing historical context with a modern engineering perspective, this show seeks to investigate how ancient cultures accomplished monumental feats.
Working together produces amazing results. There is wisdom to be gained from ancient cultures. Math is the cornerstone of amazing innovation.
Though the ethnically and geographically diverce ancient civilizations studied in this show are "brilliant," the people who announce their brilliance are predominately White.
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Violence & Scariness
Some scary images of mummies, human skulls, renderings of anciet sacrifice rituals. References to mass killings.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Mention of mummies being buried with beer for "the afterlife."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ancient Engineering is a look at the feats of ancient structure building through a modern lens. Historical facts can sometimes be rendered in a scary way, and images of real mummies and lithographs depicting human sacrifice might be scary for youngest viewers. The show jumps from depictions of ancient civilizations to showcases of modern cities in the blink of an eye, which can be a little disorienting. Ancient cultures are explored in their diverse regions, but the experts who discuss them are primarily White.
Is It Any Good?
Interesting, but a little repetitive, this educational series brings awe-inspiring ancient monuments to the modern consiousness. Some of the ancient building sequences in Ancient Engineering are recreated in real-time, but the footage is used over and over again in the montages, which can be a little tiring. And then in the next blink of an eye, there are views of modern skylines and discussion about skyscrapers and contemporary architects. It feels pasted together.
But parents who love to learn about engineering will feel like they are getting their due, and kids who like to dig into ancient mysteries might enjoy this show too. It's not flawlessly executed, but quite informative nonetheless.
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