I like MR SOUL! a great deal but at the same time I want really want to see more of the clips that made up the show. Of course the fantastic music segments need to be resurrected, I mean the idea of an epic version of Stevie Wonder's Superstition that ran so long that it went across multiple video tape reels is something I just want to see, but what I really want to see are the multiple James Baldwin interviews or the ones with Kathleen Cleaver or Stokely Carmichael. We need to hear their words now because we aren't that far removed from the time they were fighting for the same things the protesters are doing in the streets today.
The reason I focused on the clips is that Haizlip kind of doesn't make an impression. Yes all of the talking heads discuss him and the show, but he largely steps aside to let the performers and interviewers talk. That is the way a presenter/interviewer should treat things, but at the same time it makes it hard to get a handle on the man himself. After a while I felt that the talking heads were just repeating themselves with them simply repeating the same platitudes.
Of course that makes little difference since the thing you are going to remember is the clips.
Definitely worth a look see. Here's to hoping the release sparks PBS or whomever holds the rights to SOUL! to rebroadcast the episodes.