Cities of the Underworld

Just a note about my favorite new show “Cities of the Underworld” on the History Channel,¬† Link to the homepage for Cities of the Underworld

It’s an hour long tour of the often unexplored spaces beneath cities across the world, from Las Vegas to Viet Nam to Edinburgh, Scotland. Host, Don Wildman, goes deep underground guiding us through the tunnels, mines and burial crypts that time forgot. Along the way he connects the underground spaces to the history and culture of the city above and squeezes into some claustrophobia inducing cracks and crevices that in some instances reveal gruesome surprises.

Wildman is fearless and charming with a great sense of humor, not to mention damn fine. Over the past few episodes he’s climbed nimbly to the topmost perch of a ninja’s secret attic and descended into the very bottom of the Hoover Dam. Just watching him, sweat beading his lip, hard hat securely tightened underneath 300 million tons of steel and concrete gave me the heebie jeebies. And I loved every minute of it.

I especially enjoyed the informative journey into the hand carved Vietnamese tunnel system that helped the Viet Cong defeat the US Armed Forces and the episode on the bombing of Hiroshima was incredibly compelling. Wildman interviews, for the first time on network television, the survivor that alerted the world to the event. Along with her first hand account and the show’s descriptive supporting graphics Wildman delivers an even handed and powerful account of the tragedy.

Tivo a show and check it out!

Underground Rome
Underground Rome