Documentaries and Movies

Desperate Crossing: The Untold Story of the Mayflower is the only decent documentary that covers the Pilgrims in England, Holland and the first year at Plymouth.  Using Shakespearen actors and actual Wampanoag, this documentary switches between reenactments and historian "talking heads" (that include the likes of Nathaniel Philbrick and Jim Baker).  It is not perfect, of course, and has been criticized for various things (such as rewriting the words of William Bradford and presenting them as if they were actual quotes; some rather simplistic and childish dialogue--a sermon that starts "religion is the best, and the corruption of it the worst"; and for babbling on about Dorothy Bradford's supposed "suicide").  But Lone Wolf Productions and the History Channel have left the competition in the dust: there is no other documentary that could even remotely come close to this million-dollar production.