About a month ago I received a press kit for Discovery’s epic 11 part series “Life” which will air on Sundays beginning March 21 on Discovery. March 21, I thought – that’s two months away. I can’t be bothered with that right now. Then, a week or so ago I finally got around to looking through all the materials and saw they’d included screeners for two episodes. I felt bad, sort of like it was wasted because I was thinking “I’m a ratings blogger, they can’t expect me to watch two hours of this!?” Over the weekend I popped in the first DVD and an hour and a half or so later I had watched them both and was thinking, “How dare they not send me all 11 episodes! I want MORE!”
I love a good story, but I can’t downplay my love of eye candy. I’m also a pretty big nature lover. Life combines all three extremely well. At least in the two episodes I watched.
Perhaps what the media will play-up is that the series is narrated by Oprah Winfrey (who has a relationship with Discovery now for her own network that is launching next year). But I think Oprah is in the background here, and appropriately so. In the foreground was breathtaking production of life in its natural habitat. Think Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, only as if produced by Steven Spielberg and James Cameron (and without Marlin Perkins and Jim Fowler).
If the notion of the food chain makes you squeamish, or you’re not the sort who can typically handle watching komodo dragons take down a water buffalo, I’d still recommend watching this when it starts in a month: it’s that beautiful.