I see from the American Idol thread that at least RavenRant and Piel are watching Colonial House. Anyone else?
I think this is by far the best of the shows that this PBS series has done. The interesting conflict is between the people who want to relive, as much as possible, the actual experiences of American colonists in 1528, and those who want to observe from the outside but still maintain their identities as 21st century Americans.
The first group is led by the Baptist preacher from Texas who was appointed Governor. To him, the experience is truly a religious pilgrimage.
In the other camp are people like Mrs. Vorhees, who won't go to church and pray to a God that she doesn't believe in, won't cover her head to honor 16th century notions of modesty (and subservience) in women, etc.
I am sort of on the preacher's side. If you didn't want to live like the Pilgrims, why sign up for the show? (OK, 6 hours worth of Church every Sunday might be cruel and unusual punishment.)
On the other hand, I think they did a good job of bringing out the point that the people who came to the colonies in pursuit of "religious freedom" ended up imposing their own form of religious tyranny in the new world.