Planet Earth: Season 1, Episode 1

From Pole to Pole (25 Mar. 2007)

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"Planet Earth" travels around the Earth, finding where the sun always shines and where it's rarely seen. Next, they find where water is abundant and where it's scarce.

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Episode credited cast:
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Narrator - US Version (voice)
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Mike Holding ...
Tania Jenkins ...
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What would the earth be like without the sun? We'll never know, but the emperor penguins come the nearest to that experience, as they suffer through winter in Antarctica, where temperatures can drop to minus 70 degrees centigrade. Meanwhile, the sun brightens the far north and the polar bears come out of hibernation. Spring in northern Canada means the migration of three million caribou across the arctic tundra. Winter in the deciduous forests of eastern Russia makes hunting difficult for the Amur leopard, the rarest cat in the world. On the island of New Guinea, birds have plenty of food, giving them time for elaborate mating rituals. "The sun influences life in the oceans just as it does on land," explains the narrator. We watch where the seals go to breed -- and we see the Great White sharks that follow them. What would the Earth be like without water? "Planet Earth" shows us where water is abundant and where it is scarce. During the dry season in the Kalahari desert, elephants go ... Written by J. Spurlin

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[first lines]
Narrator: A hundred years ago, there were one-and-a-half billion people on Earth. Now, over six billion crowd our fragile planet. But even so, there are still places barely touched by humanity. This series will take you to the last wildernesses and show you the planet and its wildlife as you have never seen them before.
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Written by George Fenton
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"Time to call in the chopper squad."
20 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This series has long been on my must watch list so I decided to pull the trigger by calling on my local library. I'll be reviewing each chapter individually starting here, and as a life long enthusiast of animals and nature, I expect the chapters to be every bit as compelling as this first one. The only thing I would offer in the way of critique would be to narrow the focus of each segment. The first installment, 'From Pole to Pole' managed to gloss over such quick entries as penguins at the North Pole, a rare Asian Amur leopard, a massive great white shark feeding on seals, and an underwater view of elephants swimming in the flooded Okavango Delta. All of these offerings were truly compelling, but their vast breadth seemed to lack cohesion, except for the over-arching theme of life on Planet Earth dependent on the sun and the way the Earth is positioned to be influenced by it. I would prefer a more focused approach to these chapters, and perhaps we'll have that in the ones to come next, as I'm not previewing them before hand. With all of that said, I did manage to gasp a couple of times, particularly when the great white heaved out of the water to catch an unlucky seal. One is easily mesmerized by the force of nature's fury, as well as the playfulness of newborn polar bear cubs emerging from their dens for the first time. I would have rated this first chapter a perfect score if it didn't seem like the film crew was rooting for the African hunting dogs in their pursuit of the impala.

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