"Chasing Shackleton" (
A modern rescue ship shadowed Jarvis' journey, but it's clear that this was something of a concession to officialdom. And though the British and Australian crew members tend to express themselves, except in the most extreme situations, in terms of chirpy understatement, the rough seas and bad weather are real enough, the painfully tight quarters are real enough, the risk of
It's that willingness to part with a finger or toe for the sake of -- what exactly? -- that gives "Chasing Shackleton" its own kind of drama, prompting thoughts about recklessness and accomplishment and how a whim becomes a mission. For all the repeated insistence that something important is being learned here, this isn't
Plus there are some typically adorable penguins and a whale, whose sudden appearance makes immediate the majesty of the seas.
"The Spoils of Babylon" (