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Episode on the Baltics by daina on 21 March 2008 8:06pm
 
I am posting this, because I thought this episode was terrible. The fact that Kalingrad was even included as a Baltic state was ridiculous. Never have I heard such a thing. As someone who has lived in Latvia, and traveled both Estonia and Lithuania, I felt extremely disappointed with the show's content. His Estonian coverage was the worst! Leaches, people living in pyramids, and fire walking? That may represent a small minority in Estonia, but the way it was presented, I would think the country is full of wackos. Also, in speaking about the language laws and citizenship restrictions, he did not explain the issue adequately, and I took offence to that. I am a Latvian American, and agree that it's a difficult situation, but to only present one side is sad. Who does his research? I do have to say that I enjoyed the footage of the Jani celebration, but that he did not mention that it was celebrated in all THREE (not four) Baltic states seemed silly. And why did he not show Riga, capital of Latvia? I was very excited that he did an episode in the Baltics, but after seeing it, I am disappointed, and will not watch anymore.
 
Re: Episode on the Baltics by sanna75 on 22 March 2008 1:04am
 
"His Estonian coverage was the worst! Leaches, people living in pyramids, and fire walking? That may represent a small minority in Estonia, but the way it was presented, I would think the country is full of wackos"

But that's the point with his series. He's trying to show us what's unique in different countries. And I certianly didn't believe everyone was like that. I hope they give the viewers a little more credit than that
 
Re: Episode on the Baltics by kisch on 22 March 2008 6:41pm
 
"I am a Latvian American"
that explains everything. Thank you for taking your time to register here and make such a useful comment.
 
Re: Episode on the Baltics by sanna75 on 22 March 2008 10:03pm
 
Exactly

If he would have shown us normal people doing normal thing, it would have been pretty boring to watch
 
Re: Episode on the Baltics by daina on 26 March 2008 1:45pm
 
estonians have plenty of traditional customs that may seem strange or interesting to non-estonians. however, he chose to cover people who have adapted foreign-born new ages practices, and old eastern healing techniques, rather than showing anything that is unique to estonia. and again... why was kalingrad included in this episode?
 
Re: Episode on the Baltics by elina on 26 March 2008 4:39pm
 
Why Kalingrad shouldn't have been in that episode? Right, it's not part of the Baltic countries, but going there after those three seems more than logic when you think how he travelled in Europe. He didn't even tried to place it part of the Baltic countries.

I myself found Baltic episode fascinating. I rather watch Mr Palin introducing something really extraordinary - no matter how majority it is - than the usual lot. Would you have been happier if he had shown you all those Finns coming to Estonia to buy cheap alcohol? That, I think, seems to be a majority nowadays.
 
Re: Episode on the Baltics by kisch on 26 March 2008 6:07pm
 
"why was kalingrad included in this episode?"
Because it's on the soddin' Baltics, plain to see if you look at the map. It's never said there that Kaliningrad is a "Baltic state", it is said that it's a part of Russia which is correct. I'm personally very glad that he's been there - the "kvass" thing is absolutely great and very close to my heart LOL
I mean, he and the crew had to get Russian visas and stuff, but still they found time and made an effort to go there and show the place most Europeans will never visit - as it's such a strange curiosity, the small piece of Russia surrounded by so-called Europe.
As for not showing what *you* personally find interesting and worth shown - well, we already had Slovakians here complaining, Bulgarians complaining and I suppose Czechs too, so you are not the first. If you don't like the series, that's fine, but coming here and being dismissive like that does not make the series worse. It is your personal opinion and you have the right to express it, but it doesn't change anything.
PS - it's KALININGRAD, not Kalingrad, for you information. Named after Soviet Communist Mikhail Kalinin who was the Presidium Chairman in USSR.
 



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