Originally Posted by Todd G.
Spider--my favorite episode of the whole mini-series.
Outstanding example of real-world old skool engineering.
Best on screen example of the real aerospace/mechanical engineering process and management I have ever seen.
I was lucky enough to participate in that kind of process & environment during my summers interning and first years out of undergrad in aerospace.
My peers from engineering school all did stints at the McDonnel Douglas', Boeing's and Pratt & Whitney's of the world.
The attitudes, process and management (ie "culture") are very different in the auto business
Finished watching the series again from Vudu via the code provided. Watched several episodes from disc.
Highly rewatchable- wife and I used to watch at least once a year from the DVD release, but haven't watched in over 10 years.
Wife's favorite is the El Baz geology episode, my second fav. No suprise as teaching is her business
(A shuttle craft in Star Trek Next Generation was named El Baz in his honor)
This series was written and executed so well, pitch perfect on all fronts- writing, dialog, acting, production values, soundtrack, sense of awe and wonder, etc.
If there is only one series to recommend to someone re: US Space program of the 60's, this is it.
Another highlight was the Armstrong Gemini save- they showed clearly how dangerous that situation was. When they undocked from Agena- HOLY CRAP!
And the flying bedstead (jet powered LEM trainer) crash- shows why Armstrong was the goto guy for the first landing.