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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series investigates the history of the construction process as it relates to three ancient projects. Experts detail the innovative techniques and materials -- many of which are still used today -- that were used to make the massive buildings possible.
Violence & Scariness
Dramatic re-enactments sometimes include historical scenes like swordfights and the mistreatment of slaves.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although this thorough documentary series is quite tame overall, some of the dramatic re-enactments used to bring the history of the three central architectural undertakings to life include images of things like swordfights and slavery. But tweens and teens intrigued by architecture and engineering are sure to enjoy it -- and, thanks to computer graphics and experts' explanations of the innovative construction techniques and materials that revolutionized the projects -- they'll understand it all, too.
Is It Any Good?
In a segment focusing on the Colosseum, experts explain how pioneering Roman engineers designed a drainage system that diverted an entire lake to make way for the amphitheater. To overcome the issue of the building's weight being unable to support itself, they pioneered the use of structural arches and invented concrete and red bricks. Finally, they kept the project on schedule by streamlining the materials' production process.
For both history buffs and building connoisseurs, Engineering the Impossible is an enjoyable blend of curiosity and education. But its most impressive accomplishment is making what could be a pretty dull topic entertaining enough that casual viewers will get something out of it, too. And there's virtually no worrisome content here, so if your tweens are so inclined, encourage them tune in.
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