Posted 8/Nov 2010 at 01:33
by in Earth & Nature read by 48 people

Great Migrations: A slow motion HD adventure

In a series of documentaries, National Geographic takes the TV viewer along with literally billions of animals in ther journeys around the world.

Personal experience

I first heard about the series a week or so ago on Dutch TV and got immediately overwhelmed by the promises made about it. NatGeo would show the animals as they have never been filmed before, portraying their rituals as they travel from A to B. And they absolutely deliver. Millions of butterflies flattering over the TV screen in super-slow motio and High Definition makes you look around if one didn't accidentally land next to you on the couch. 

We see crocodiles fill their stomachs for a whole year with passing wildebeest and even a zebra chase a bit-too-brave cheetah cub. And the details are uncanny.

What I miss, however, is explanatory context. Of course I'm impressed by the fact that it takes four generations of Monarch Butterflies to travel from Mexico to the north of Canada and back again. But I would have liked to hear more about the force that drives them, and in particular what makes the 4th generation into some kind of super-species.

Conclusion

Now, this was of course ony the first program out of what appears to be seven. So there is a lot more to come. And hopefully a lot more depth to give more meaning to the brilliant imagery. And if they do, I'll of course re-review ;). But for now I'll stick to only 3 stars.

Nah, you know what - four. Alec Baldwin deserves one as well.

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