Last evening HUMAN PLANET, a BBC production, premiered on Discovery Channel here in the US; and I was not disappointed.
Here’s the BBC trailer for the series. Be sure when it starts to watch it in as high of a resolution as your pipe can take.
Human Planet is an awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping, heart-stopping landmark series that marvels at mankind’s incredible relationship with nature in the world today.
Uniquely in the animal kingdom, humans have managed to adapt and thrive in every environment on Earth. Each episode takes you to the extremes of our planet: the arctic, mountains, oceans, jungles, grasslands, deserts, rivers and even the urban jungle. Here you will meet people who survive by building complex, exciting and often mutually beneficial relationships with their animal neighbours and the hostile elements of the natural world.
Human Planet crews have filmed in around 80 locations, bringing you many stories that have never been told on television before. The team has trekked with HD cameras and state of the art gear to film from the air, from the ground and underwater. The result: a "cinematic experience" created by world-class natural history and documentary camera crews and programme makers.
The real lesson to be mindful of here…well, two lessons…is first, the human animal’s adaptation to every environment on Earth from equator to arctic circle, and every habitat in between, as well as from sea level to elevations at 13,000 feet, and everything in between.
The second lesson is the vast array of nutrition the human animal has had to exploit to do it. Thankfully, a good portion of the two initial episodes I saw last night had to do with the lengths people in so many of these environments have to go to get food. And they don’t settle for easy or meager pickings, either. In one section, about eighteen guys total in three small boats with hand thrown harpoons take a 60 ft long, 100,000 pound sperm whale. Takes eight hours after they’ve harpooned him by hand, but they eventually get the job done and get him to the beach for butchering. It will feed dozens of people for months. You can see a portion of that right here.
Now, the only question I have is, don’t they have plenty of bananas in Indonesia? Fruit in general?
Alright, now get out and pass the word to all your peeps to set their DVRs appropriately. The more ignorance cured about the human animal and his generalist nature as an exploiter of food sources, the better. Using the buttons at the top of the post is always appreciate and very effective.