Miniseries TV was a big deal in my family’s house when I was growing up. So when they announced Columbus in the mid-eighties, I was very excited. I knew we would be watching it and this subject really interested me (unlike some other more “romantic” series). After all, this was the exciting age of discovery. Wooden ships setting out towards the edge of the known world with little to guide them. This is not at all what this turned out to be, of course.