I'm really disappointed how people were quick to judge this mini-series based on Episode One. What you people fail to understand is that each of the first three episodes will follow certain characters from their point of view which will be gradually interwoven with each other. Yes, I understand that the characters' storyline's move at a certain pace, but that's reasonable for most television dramas. I'm actually quite disgusted at those who tarnish this mini-series without even watching further episodes to understand what's happening. I've seen episode two and it definitely is a much better improvement. People fail to understand that this is a drama based on the Titanic, not a drama based about the Titanic. I understand that every Titanic enthusiast is quick to judge the mini-series based on historical accuracies. Since when was a an adaption of the Titanic ever so accurate? A Night To Remember had inaccuracies, as did James Cameron's film. The storyline's in the 1958 film moved at a reasonable pace, just like this mini-series.
If you're all going to judge something based upon inaccuracies without focusing on the characters and the events playing out, then it just proves how narrow minded people can be. I'm just really disappointed that people can't appreciate what's been made, and given to them for the 100th Anniversary. I'm shocked that people say that this is disrespectful to those who died. Seriously? How naive can people be! James Cameron's film is being released in 3D for the 100th Anniversary... why don't we watch people die in 3D! Pft. I absolutely enjoyed episode one and two. I thought the script was very well-written, the CGI looked stunning for television, the acting was enjoyable, and the drama was played out very well for its duration. I think it's great that they took a different and unique approach to re-tell the story. If people are going to continue complaining about this, then I highly suggest you write your own screenplay, find a studio who is willing to fund it, then make your own version of events. Because, quite frankly, from what I've read online, you people really need to stop being so critical and ignorant. I really do believe that this mini-series has potential, but people are not giving this a chance to prove itself. You can't judge a book upon its first chapter! You just have to get to the end to decide whether you liked it or not.
And Paul, if you're going to spell 'Downton', 'Downtown', then you clearly have no idea what you're speaking about.....
If Fellowes produces stuff that he says is accurate and isn't, then he should be taken to task, like James Cameron. Fellowes claims his version
is accurate and will be close to the disaster, but from what I have seen, its little more than either a retread of old debunked fables (the 3rd class gates)
or introduces serious new errors. If he claims to be a "Titanorak" then he should know about the mistakes.
As for Titanic 3D, lets be under no illusions: it is not to honour the dead, but to make more money from the disaster.
I apologize if I came off a bit rude, but I'm in shock that people have begun to tarnish this mini-series based on episode one!! I think it's the media that have sporn that folklore about Julian Fellowes stating this his mini-series will be 'closer' to the truth. He did mention that he will portray Murdoch in a less negative way and that he will focus on the lives of the passengers of that night. I thought the portrayl of the Allison family was a nice touch.. I've seen a trailer to episode four and their death will be graphic for television. I just think people should at least give this a chance as episode two definitely makes sense of it all. Fellowes wrote the script, but he didn't design the sets. I've seen your website, and, though I agree with some of them, I still would rather enjoy what's been made and given to us in honor of the 100th anniversary. I understand that the storyline's move at a certain pace, but didn't A Night To Remember use the same format? It didn't drag on like James Cameron's film, and as tempting as it sounds to wait 2 hours to see the ship sink... it's very unflattering. Julian Fellowes has written that the ship will begin to sink 3 times, and only in the final episode will we see the big finish. I think people will be impressed with the final moments in episode four. I think it's an interesting and unique way to tell the story. I understand that people have their opinions, but after what I've read online, this is beyond ridiculous.
p.s. it's belfast that the Titanic is docked in the opening scene. It all makes sense in episode two.
If the Titanic is docked in Belfast in the opening scene, then why are the sheds, even down to the paint scheme, doors, windows, design the same as the Southampton scene?
I am glad you toned down your response. I think that people who purport to present the truth to a wider audience have a responsibility, whether this be tinkering with people's behaviour or even things like the set design.
Alex, Episode Two will air on Sunday, April 1 in the UK. I noticed Global (Canada) heavily edited episode one to fit screen time. I was shocked when I discovered what was missing. I know episode one is floating around on YouTube, but that's not the full episode!! I wouldn't be defending this mini-series if I didn't think it had promise and it does... just give it time.
Paul, I think you'd better ask the Crew that..... as I said: Fellowes wrote it. He didn't create the sets, or the CGI effects.
Hmmm... looks like I missed the premiere on Global here in Canada. I see, however, that ABC in the United States has the broadcast rights and I presume will be broadcasting it soon. Does anybody know when this will happen?
I'm willing to give it a chance despite what is being said about it. After all, it couldn't possibly be worse than the 1996 miniseries with George C. Scott and Catherine Zeta-Jones! ;o)
Edit: I did some Googling and will answer my own question. Looks like it will commence April 14th on ABC.
Hi Jake, I can understand it airing in the UK before the USA because the series was produced in the UK, but why it aired in Canada 4 days before it aired in the UK is what I don't get. Since the Canadian version is chopped to fit a time slot, looks like I'll be watching ABC the same time you will!
I must be one of those people who do not appreciate this series. The first words were "32 lifeboats by Carlisle"! I think Carlisle wanted 64 otherwise he would not have Davit for a 4 lifeboat Davit.
Thomas Andrews was very quiet, especially on the question of Home Rule, a very hot subject 100 years in this part of the world.
Class distinction was good and I expect it was that way.
Will watch the other programmes, mainly to see how it continues, but the first programme was a disappointment.
Channel Seven did a segment about the Australian survivor from the disaster, they also included sneak peaks from the mini-series - especially scenes from upcoming episodes to promote the drama. I enjoyed it.
Oh where to begin with this farrago of rubbish. What annoys me is how Fellowes did go out of his way to make great pains of how his version would be historically accurate compared with JC and what do we get, dancing in first class. And Lights dancing with Dorothy Gibson. Weirdly, I felt at times I was watching coloured scenes and ideas lifted from Clifton Webb 1953. But I'd 10 times rather watch that again than this. Far better script in fact. No characters here, just bundles of class attitudes. Bo-ri-ing.
Also, I think a far better way would have been to take the story chronologically, culminating in the sinking on the final episode. But what do I know.
Am now watching for the bloops and the unintentional laughs.
I was initially disappointed with some of the smaller details. However, I'm going to give the series a chance and see how it pans out.
There were two things which stood out for me: a) the green carpet in the rather small First Class Dining Room and b) the dancing scenes. Can somebody tell me if there WAS dancing on the Titanic and if so, where? I believe there wasn't a dance floor per-se.
Some of the dialogue seemed a bit ropey and I still wonder why it's necessary to invent characters when there are so many interesting real stories to be told.