If the first four episodes are any indication of what’s to come, The Discovery Channel’s Planet Earth is set to be one of the best nature documentaries ever made.
The 11-part series takes viewers to places they simply can not go and let’s us see things we otherwise will never witness. From rare leopards to trees bigger than any other living thing on Earth, this is no less than a thrill ride.
This has been the product of five years worth of work, filming and waiting. And it’s paid off. For the first time in media history, the hunting practices of rare and endangered predators have been captured; the mothering of a wild panda has been filmed; the loneliness of a leopard mother and her cub is visible.
In one of the best done scenes, the Six Plumed Bird of Paradise spends time cleaning up his “dance floor” where he practices his mating dance over and over again until he finally gets a potential mate to view his performance. The little, weird looking bird dances his heart out, but the female is unimpressed and flies away. The male is visibly crushed.
Planet Earth is a beautiful and tragic display at the other 99.9% of life we fail to acknowledge most of the time.