One look at this blog and its clear to see: I heart PBS. It’s hard not to though, with the quality programming they showcase on a daily basis. Now maybe I’m a bit old-fashioned but I’d much rather watch a show like Nature, than that of say, American Idol. Don’t get me wrong Idol can be fun, but Nature is a whole different, animal, no pun intended. For starters, there’s the lack of commercials and then there’s the award-winning content.
I’ve been watching Nature for the good part of two years and I’m never disappointed. It’s most recent broadcast was The Dragon Chronicles, an hourlong doc that follows the travels of reptile expert Romulus Whitaker as he treks through the jungles of Southeast Asia in search of the world’s most captivating “dragons.” The nature piece straddles the line between history lesson and reality series, as Whitaker confronts the reptiles head-on, never once looking back. Trepidation? He has none. Worries? Hardly. Boldly going few places the layman would dream, Whitaker’s abilities are a marvel to the eyes, but that’s not even the half of it.
Watching the much-treasured water monitors stalk a chicken coop is like watching a car wreck unfold before your eyes. Hard to turn away from, but quite stirring on the stomach. This little snippet turns out to be a rare glimpse into an occurring problem in the small communities in Southeast Asia. Delineating the lines between fact and fantasy, myth and real-life drama, the documentary, narrated as always by F. Murray Abraham, is bold and engaging, thought-provoking and visually stimulating. Best of all, it’s never dull. Watch a Komodo dragon as it swims from island to island in search of dinner, and also a mate. Watch Whitaker and a group of natives surround a Komodo and tape its mouth shut? Sounds suicidal? Just watch! As always, visit the Web site for future airdates and see one of TV’s best programs.
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