Thursday, June 3, 2010

LIFE and the BBC

In late 2009, the BBC aired a 10 episode nature documentary called Life, narrated by David Attenburough, and in early 2010, the Discovery channel released the same series, narrated by Oprah Winfrey.

A couple of months ago, I caught the first two Oprah-narrated episodes on Discovery and after the show(s), the channel claimed that the remaining episodes would be aired every Sunday, starting that week.


They lied.

All week long the advertisements were everywhere about the upcoming episode that Sunday, but then Sunday came, and the promised episode didn't air.

Needless to say, I was choked. I really enjoy documentaries (seen every episode of Ross Kemp on Gangs, at least twice) and I was pumped about this one. From what I saw of the first two episodes, the HD footage is just stunning.

Besides looking absolutely beautiful, the series is quite interesting. It takes you to every "corner" of the world to witness the behavior that livings things have evolved to, in order to survive.

Anyway, for the past two months, everyone around me has had to listen to me bitch about the Discovery channel and how I feel that they should be ashamed of themselves for "false advertising".

Getting people all excited for the next show, then not following through, c'mon!

So, apparently my dear friend Mike got tired of my bitching about Discovery because guess what he gave me today?

The whole series on DVD. 'Course, after he gave it to me, he told me he didn't want to hear "anything about that fucking show", ever again.


So, guess what I am doing tonight? You guessed it! I'm watching as many episodes as I can squeeze in before I get sleepy, so I should be good for about four of them.

Guess what else I'm doing? Ignoring my work. Oh, man, at any given time I probably have at least 4-5 projects happening -- specs, assignments, research, whatever. But I am ignoring it all in favor of watching this show.

That should tell you how fascinating I find the series. It is not often that I ignore work.

If you are like me, and happen to enjoy well-made interesting documentaries, then I highly recommend you check out the series.

Here is a link for more information.

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