Did anybody else happen to catch Planet Earth on Discovery last night ? All I can say is THIS is what a nature show is supposed to be. 5 years in the making. Narrated by Sigourney Weaver. And some of the most stunning photography I’ve ever seen.
We watched it on Discovery HD Theater, and although I’ve become jaded toward HDTV after so much exposure to it, this show had my jaw dropping. There were many firsts, such as a first time ever overhead view of a hunting dog / gazelle chase from beginning to end. To see the strategy and teamwork employed by the dogs (and the gazelle, for that matter) in real time was just amazing. The only thing missing was John Madden and the telestrator.
But it’s not just the stunning photography. The producers have put an ingredient in this show that has been missing from about 99% of all nature shows (especially on PBS):
A sense of wonder. It permeates the fabric of the show; it’s impossible not to get caught up in it. I need that wonder. I believe science needs that sense of wonder, too.
I HIGHLY recommend watching the next set on April 1st. If you have HDTV, you won’t believe your eyes. Even if you don’t, you’ll still come away having seen things you’ve never seen before.