Staffer Reviews: Planet Earth II


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Miles Bolton, Business Manager

This February, the sequel to the 2006 record-breaking documentary series, Planet Earth, premiered on BBC America to near-universal praise.

Planet Earth II is the long-awaited se quel to Planet Earth. In 2006 the series brought nature documentaries to the big screen in an unprecedented way, drawing millions of viewers with filming techniques that at the time were groundbreaking.

Planet Earth II is the kind of TV programs that we should be seeing on channels like Discovery and Animal Planet. Channels like these have been keen to serve up reality TV trash in recent years, but the BBC has stayed true to its craft when it comes to nature documentaries.

It’s no stretch of the imagination to say that Planet Earth II is the greatest TV nature documentary of all time. The series has taken the same approach as its predecessors, spending each episode exploring a different biome, but this time utilizing technological advancements made since 2006 (of which there have been many). New technology has brought us only closer to these parts of nature that still lie untouched, and provide us with breathtaking stories from across the globe never before captured.

Simply put, Planet Earth II is phenomenal. Narrated by the one and only David Attenborough and scored by Hans Zimmer, even the most human interruptions to the natural wonders witnessed are done with grace. Three episodes have already aired so far, but it’s not too late to catch up. If you’re looking for something to fascinate and engross you, Planet Earth II is your perfect pick.