I am about to write about a TV show while I’m watching it. That’s very unusual for me.
I came home, washed up and headed downstairs. My plan was to play a little poker, watch some television and call my Cousin Michael in California.
I watched Jon Stewart as usual and then started grazing on my preferred channels. Interestingly, Helaine, Steffie and I have different channels we frequent – and there’s little overlap.
Channel 111, NY Times/Discovery had a documentary on US Special Forces in Afghanistan. 110 Discovery Science had Nubia: Kingdom and on 109, National Geographic Channel was Inside 9/11: Zero Hour. I started working my way down.
I got to Channel 109 and realized this was not just another 9/11 documentary.
Following the timeline of 9/11, this documentary had found all the footage and much of the available sound (two way radio transmissions, phone messages, ATC communications, etc.).
The story was told in the same order it unfolded. It was a story that couldn’t be told when it unfolded, because of the fragmented nature of what we knew at the time.
This is very powerful TV. I am literally quivering as I watch it. It was terrorism and I’d been lying if I said I wasn’t terrorized by what transpired.
If you see this show repeated (and it is cable after all. Everything gets repeated), make sure you watch it, tape it, or both.