Justified & Ancient
- Aug 2, 2002
- generally on the fringes
I've just watched it - I thought it was excellent. I liked that they'd found so many people who were on the plane to interview. And so interesting that so many people believe they truly know who DB Cooper was. When you watch the programme you can thoroughly believe any of the four presented - they give their reasons and their Facts, and because they believe, you can be convinced by each in turn! Though of course at least three must be completely wrong. As someone says - people have a 'DB Cooper-shaped hole in their lives'. And that the case feeds into a sort of Robin-Hood style mythology of people Sticking It To The Man (this time though without giving the money away . That we too would like to be brave enough to demand some cash and leap out of an aeroplane with it into the night and never be seen again and never be caught. I think it touches on very fortean themes of how we like to think about mysterious things and how we interpret what we think of as facts to produce our own view of reality.there was an excellent documentary about the case on BBC4 last night, strongly recommended.
Plus it's shot in quite a slick way and there are lots of interesting bits of film from the 70s, which also make it interesting to watch. Twin Peaks is even mentioned (although not actually because Cooper was named for DB Cooper) and indeed the whole affair does have a somewhat surreal twinpeaksishness about it.
Like GNC, I strongly recommend! It's available on the iplayer for another 11 months so you've plenty of time to have a look.