Cities of the Underworld

Season 2 Episode 2

Vietnam

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 04, 2008 on The History Channel
8.0
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See a Vietnam that you've never seen before. During the Vietnam War the media flooded the world with images of soldiers and jungles. What wasn't seen were the tunnels, caves and passageways.
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  • Don't agree with precious review. Theis was a well rounded, interesting show.

    10
    Any time someone tries to say anything not 100 biased for the US about Vietnam runs into the problem of people freaking out at them. the previous review is a great example. I thought the show did a good job of being objective and looking at a controversial subject without skewing to either side. Why is it that people can't watch the show from a non-American point of view. I strongly recommend anyone who wants to learn about the Vietnam war in a new light to watch this show. You won't be sorry.



    It is a fresh new look at an old topic.moreless
  • Nice to see the bunkers, but too many inaccuracies and way too much pro-communist politics.

    2.4
    I enjoyed seeing the tunnels and bunkers, but there were quite a few inaccuracies in the narrative. For example, the mention of the Viet Cong invading the South. The Viet Cong were already in the South. It was the NVA that invaded. Also, absolutely no mention of the Viet Cong being almost completely wiped out as a fighting force following its failed Tet Offensive - an operation many view as an allied defeat thanks to the biased media of the time.



    I also have to mention the overall bias in the narrative. Rather than simply sticking to the facts, I found the show to be very one-sided and leaning heavily to the romantic notions of the "brave freedom fighter" against the overwhelming military might of the evil invader. For example, the poor villagers who had to move their entire village underground to survive the allied bombings. Those poor villagers were supplying an NVA military stronghold right offshore and were, in fact, operating as an arm of the North Vietnamese Army.



    The show had an excellent opportunity to portray an unbiased view of the Vietnam War, but yet fell right back into the stereotypical bias that has been so prevalent over the past 40 years.moreless

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    • Dan Wildman: Today Vietnam is booming country of 84 million people, spread across an awesome landscape. From its bustling cities like Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi to its thick jungles and rugged mountains, it hardly resembles the bombed out, blood soaked battleground left over from the Vietnam War. But there's still a secret world from that deadly era hidden underground. From 75 mile long hand carved tunnel systems and an underground Viet Cong nerve center filed with deadly traps to mountain caverns that were transformed into covert military headquarters and a top secret subterranean bunker that was a lifeline to the Pentagon. Vietnam was the perfect venue for an underground war, and that's exactly where it was fought and won. The war you know from TV and movies barely scratches the surface.

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