"For over a thousand years, Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of a triumph - a tumultuous parade. In the procession came trumpeters and musicians and strange animals from the conquered territories, together with carts laden with treasure and captured armaments. The conqueror rode in a triumphal chariot, the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him. Sometimes his children, robed in white, stood with him in the chariot, or rode the trace horses. A slave stood behind the conqueror, holding a golden crown, and whispering in his ear a warning: that all glory is fleeting."
It is, without peer, imo. I haven't watched, yet, this season. I've done the 3D one (pretty good) and the Kelsey Grammer musical one (I really like the songs). Will watch the Scott version, a bit closer to Christmas.
Mr. Scott's sense of righteous injustice was evidently encased within his social as well as artistic conscience as early as his celebrated (if predictably short-lived) stint in CBS' "East Side, West Side". This was borne out again in light of the recent death of Ruby Dee.
Two days before the traumatic event of November 22, 1963, Mr. Scott publicly raged against the network for cutting a scene between him and Ms. Dee in an ep just aired called 'No Hiding Place'.
To help deflate a power-kegged racial situation where unscrupulous real estate agents were trying to inflame white fears of blacks moving into their neighborhoods so the former would sell their homes at loss allowing the vultures to mark the price up for the latter, Neil Brock (Mr. Scott) tries to ease tensions at a reception by asking Ms. Dee to dance with him. According to Variety, the scene was cut from writer Millard Lampell's original script but Mr. Scott demanded it be shot anyway.
The producers argued the deletion was made for all the wrong 'right' reasons - dramatic and story-line - which, as Joyce Davenport would so eloquently philosophize years later, was "a crock of the well-known article".
For his professionally-personal and personally-professional part, Mr. Scott pronounced CBS' actions as "pathetic" .