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To understand why scenes and scenarios in Planet Earth II were so affecting, I found myself reaching into an emotional vault I haven’t accessed since the 1980s. The fairy tern, who had come back to her massacred egg and continued to incubate it, even while its yolk was dripping off her feet, brought back a horrible scene in Fortunes of War, identical in every respect except with people instead of birds and Nazi shells instead of predators. Almost everything involving a monkey reminded me of a Godfather film. The great bower bird, not great at all, a bit Ocd and usually wrong, was The Diary of a Nobody.