BBC/Discovery documentary Frozen Planet opens with rave reviews
by Allyson Koerner
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If you’re looking for an enticing environmental documentary then you should really watch the seven-part BBC/Discovery series “Frozen Planet.”

Premiering yesterday, the television mini-series takes viewers on a tour of life through the Arctic and Antarctic.

Within the first two hours audiences watched male penguins wait for the spring arrival of the female penguins. In their world, the men compete for the women by building nests. In other stories, a 1400-pound polar bear searches far and wide for his mate, three-ton elephant seals fight over their fellow females and there’s also a great underwater time-lapse scene of a sinking brine, aka “ice finger of death,” which travels towards the sea bed, freezing everything it touches. One of the most magnificent scenes you’ll ever watch.

The documentary has a Hollywood-esque feel to it, as it incorporates comedy, romance, action, special effects and has received rave reviews.

For the New York Daily News, “. . . [it] is a riveting production, full of breathtaking photography and the fascinating dramas of the plants, animals, birds, fish and ice crystals that live in places way too cold for most of us to even imagine.”

Some may think watching a series about an extremely cold region would be boring, but fret not; this is far from the truth. “‘Frozen Planet’ will make you fall in love with north, south poles,” the Christian Science Monitor reported.

The Los Angeles Times also gave a great review stating, “is gorgeous to behold: lump-in-throat, tear-in-eye beautiful. It is the very point of such documentaries to be beautiful, of course, and not merely to honor, record and convey the awesome majesty of the natural world but also to look good on that big, expensive television set you bought yourself for Christmas.”

The doc is narrated by Alec Baldwin, who replaced Sir David Attenborough (who crafted this beauty), a British natural history filmmaker known for works like “The Blue Planet” and “Planet Earth.” Sadly, this is Attenborough’s last hoorah, so all the more reason to watch.

It’s even currently trending on Google, another good sign. To see what all the hype is about, check out the trailer below, and tell me you don’t get chills.

About Allyson Koerner

Allyson Koerner first found her love of writing while attending Westminster College in Pennsylvania, and that passion evolved while she was earning her Master's in Print & Multimedia Journalism at Boston's Emerson College. She's an experienced writer dabbling in all things vegan, green, entertainment and TV-related. Feel free to keep tabs on her over at Twitter: @AllysonKoerner.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=63209736 David Golbitz

    The penguins were so cute! And the polar bear cubs! OMG!!!