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Episode 84: Lessons of Darkness

Lessons of Darkness

Acclaimed director Werner Herzog went to Kuwait in 1992 to document the aftermath of the first Gulf War, focusing on the devastating oil fires set by retreating Iraqi soldiers that transformed the country's beautiful landscape.


In Episode 72, we watched an awful documentary about how texting and driving is bad m'kay? That documentary was also done by Werner Herzog so today we get to take a look at his earlier work. Lessons of Darkness features incredible footage of the oil fires in Kuwait as well as the immense amount of work that went into extinguishing them. Unfortunately, that footage isn't accompanied by any sort of insightful commentary explaining what you're looking at. Instead, Herzog himself narrates a bunch of bible passages and puts in a booming symphony track that makes you think The Empire is about to blow Kuwait to Hell with the Death Star. It seems these bold decisions resulted in his budget going from funding glorious helicopter shots in Kuwait to funding PSAs used to spook your grandparents. After the news, I ramble about the incredibly popular podcast Serial, and Gordon rambles about NieR: Automata and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age. Tune in next week to hear our review on Jenny's Wedding.

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