Picks and Pans Review: The Indomitable Teddy Roosevelt
All this week's serious shows are filled with prose the color of an overripe plum. In the Vietnam vet show, there's talk of "the epicenter of what is worst in mankind." The MIA show talks of an "enduring nightmare." But this one is worse. "Against the sound and fury, Teddy Roosevelt is a fitting symbol of America's belief in its destiny," George C. Scott says, deep-voiced and sincere, in the narration to this two-hour documentary about our 26th President. The clichés are plentiful, and the perspective on the man as simplistic as a second-grade textbook. Yet, Roosevelt was a fascinating man, and that comes through in spite of the show.