A FrontBurnervian also in attendance begs to differ with my gush:
Personally, I like the idea of Ken Burns so much more than the reality. I’ve found his past work to be ponderous and heavy-handed. If a choice can involve a cliche, he’ll leap for it every time. Norah Jones can sure sing, though [she sings “American Anthem,” the theme song for the series] even if Burns’ choice of song sort of illustrates my point. As for his speech, besides its ridiculous length, I felt that we were simultaneously being pitched and talked down to.