Picks and Pans Review: The Human Face of the Pacific

updated 07/06/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/06/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

PBS (Mon., July 6, 10:30 p.m. ET)


With lines like these—"sea worms, a local delicacy" and "their canoe is their most valuable possession"—this series on Pacific islands ends up treating the natives like waxy museum pieces, not people. The four shows look and sound just like those educational films we used to watch in grade school. We loved those films then—but not because they were good. We loved them because they saved us from having to listen to the teacher.

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