BBC has outdone itself. Every episode is just fabulous but I think the best episode of all was "Cities". The Leopards in Mumbai, just stunning footage!
That said, I was very dismayed to see all the sea turtle hatchlings confused by the city lights, racing the wrong way, UP the beach, onto the roads, and into storm drains, instead of down into the sea... you would think that the places where this is happening would have tourist "tours" to help grab up those hatchlings going the wrong way & carry them to the ocean to get on their way -- eco-tourism at it's finest, I'm sure people would pay to led a hand...the turtles are endngered after all. It probably took millions of years of evolution getting them to hatch on the night of the full moon, with the moonlight reflecting off the ocean to guide them, but electric lights have been around less than 200 years on those islands, so of course it's messing those hatchlings up, and of course they can't adapt. Meanwhile they're going to go extinct if not enough hatchlings get to the ocean, the mere 20% that make it into the water will be decimated by predators before they even get through a week on their own. It isn't "survival of the fittest" for 80% of the hatchlings to go the wrong way, it's their only instinct upon hatching, to follow the light. It isn't their fault that humans have thrown a giant monkeywrench into things. Humans messed it all up, humans need to work at fixing it or at least helping them along.
Just fabulous, each episode. But don't ignore the 5 or 10 minute shorts following these on just how the camera work was done, and the risks/tribulations that the camera crews exposed themselves to.
I like the first one better.
Due to the latest in camera equipment and infrared lens the BBC crew have captured so many never before seen animal behaviours in the wild as well as in cities. There are scenes that may be frightening for children so I would say if your child is sensitive you need to make a judgement call on whether they are able to see this. It would probably best for the adult/s to watch it first and then they can better gauge how their child/ren will handle watching it. There are scenes of animals killing each other and one scene of iguanas running for their life from so many snakes that it gave me the willies!
The BBC crew have made their finest movie to date showing the beauty of our planet as well as it's strange, quirky, funny, incredible, and diverse creatures! The music score is also very beautiful and compliments each scene. Breathtaking! A+
This is better than the first Planet Earth. I especially liked the last chapter on Cities.
Marvellous! Excellent - beyond description. A++++++++
Much like the first Planet Earth series, this is absolutely remarkable viewing. It's the kind of thing that super fancy hi-def TV's were built for, but still comes across great on even my below average set-up. The episode focusing on how animals thrive in cities/urban environments was particularly fascinating. And the other five episodes are just as good. A+ stuff here.
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