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Posted on May 20, 2007 10:17 PM in Television
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I've mentioned it here previously, but I've been watching the Planet Earth series on Discovery along with everybody else who is too cool for school. However, I've been unsuccessful in getting my fiancée to watch because every time she tries something dies.

This post from Airbag hits the nail on the head:

I just wish that something(s) didn't have to die in every episode. I understand that these things happen in the wild but watching baby animals become another's Happy Meal just isn't something I enjoy watching.

To the series' credit, they at least try to limit the amount of actual blood and gore you see, usually cutting a scene right after one animal sinks its teeth into another.

Another problem is that it isn't just the death that gets to you. Sometimes it's the circumstances surrounding the death (or imminent death). If you've seen the scene with the baby elephant walking in the "wrong" direction, you know exactly what I'm talking about.

Comments

Ugly Face (II) on May 24, 2007 at 4:55 PM:

In response to Airbag's posted comment:

"Hence, probably why I do not go into the 'non-wild' at McDonald's to watch humans snack on Planet Earth's nuggets. The great enigma..."

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