Muse of the Month: Planet Earth II

While it still seems like a strange concept, I’ve come to realize that, unlike me, not everyone grew up watching nature documentaries. Turns out, not everyone switches on The Blue Planet for the umpteenth time to have as background noise while they work, and lots of people have never even heard of Life, let alone seen it. But with shows such the new Cosmos series gaining popularity and receiving critical acclaim, I think that more and more people are softening towards the idea of sitting down and watching a purely informative show about nature or science – and it’s a trend I’m in love with!

I’m the first to admit that not every documentary is perfect, or even that interesting. Many of them sensationalize and dramatize their subject matters to the point that you end up with shows whose only goal is to make nature sound as “extreme” and “cool” as possible. The problem? Nature is already extreme. You don’t need hokey soundtracks and over-the-top camera work to sell that! That’s why March’s Muse of the Month is Planet Earth II, the new follow-up series to 2006’s Planet Earth.

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As of this post, the first three episodes of Planet Earth II have already aired in the US. If you’ve been skeptical about turning it on because you think documentaries aren’t for you, check out the episode about mountains that aired a couple of weeks ago. In it, you’ll see beautifully filmed landscapes that are just as rugged and rough that the animals that live there, which includes some of the rarest wild cats in the world. There’s even a scene where two eagles fight each other on top of a mountain. No, that’s not a description of some crazy 70’s-era album art. That’s a real thing that happened.

Sourced from Variety.com, Metro, and Indiewire.com, respectively

The chance that you, the viewer, would ever be able see these things firsthand in the natural world is pretty unlikely, and in some cases, nearly impossible. Planet Earth II brings these rare, breathtaking moments right to our living rooms after years in the making, giving us a glimpse of how wild the wilderness really is. The series highlights only some of the countless wonders of our planet, teaching us astounding facts while reminding viewers of how beautiful, fierce, and unforgiving our home world can be. In doing so, Planet Earth II also shows us it’s an incredible place that’s worth admiring, respecting, and protecting.


Sourced from Youtube.com

If you can come away from watching Planet Earth II feeling unmoved and unimpressed, perhaps you’re right: documentaries just aren’t for you. But maybe you’re one of the many people who will sit in front of their tv and learn something new about bioluminescent mushrooms, or gain a new appreciation for marine iguanas, or even just laugh at a clip of some grizzly bears enjoying their favorite scratching trees.

As long as you approach with a willingness to learn and an appreciation for our natural world, I promise… you won’t be disappointed.

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