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Tidal Seas 

Tidal marshes are one of the most productive parts of the world. Numerous plants support numerous animals, yet life is not easy: predators are attracted to these enormous quantities of food... See full summary »




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Tidal marshes are one of the most productive parts of the world. Numerous plants support numerous animals, yet life is not easy: predators are attracted to these enormous quantities of food, forcing animals to seek constant protection from attack. Written by Anonymous

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Tidal marine life
5 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

David Attenborough, as has been said many times, is wholly deserving of being called a national treasure, although it is a term he happens to not like. He has done so many treasures and even his lesser output of a long and consistently impressive career is still good.

'The Blue Planet' is one of my favourites of his. It leaves me in complete and utter awe every time, with how much is learnt about all the different seas and marine inhabitants and how it all looks visually. It is also one of his most ground-breaking, in that it's the first comprehensive series of oceanic natural history and including and exploring creatures and their behaviour that had never been seen before. As said in my reviews for the individual episodes of 'Frozen Planet', it is a shame that despite being one of IMDb's highest rated shows, the ratings here for each episode individually has such a wide divide between them and that for the show overall. To me, the series overall is wholly deserving of its acclaim and the individual episodes are rated far too low.

All the episodes of 'The Blue Planet' are great or more, not a bad episode in the series. "Tidal Seas" is no exception. It was interesting to see how the tidal seas formed and worked, the marine life and how they adapted and struggled.

Visually, "Tidal Seas" is a wonder, same with all the series' episodes and Attenborough's work in general. It has gorgeous scenery and rich colours, while the animals and marine life are captured in all their glory. Standing out even more is the photography, never before or since 'The Blue Planet' has there been more stunning underwater sequences.

George Fenton's music score soars majestically, rousing the spirits while touching the soul. It not only complements the visuals but enhances them to a greater level. Some of my favourite work from him in fact, coming from someone who's liked a lot of what he's done. The main theme is unforgettable.

Can't fault the narrative aspects in "Tidal Seas" either. There are things already known to me, still delivered with a lot of freshness, but there was a lot that was quite an education and after watching the full series it honestly felt like the series taught me a lot.

Attenborough's narration helps quite significantly too, he clearly knows his stuff and knows what to say and how to say it. He delivers it with his usual richness, soft-spoken enthusiasm and sincerity, never talking down to the viewer and keeping them riveted and wanting to know more.

Knew some of the information such as the cause of the tides, but some of it was new to me like the autumn equinox and the hurricane. There is a great mix of awe-inspiration, poignancy and tension, like all episodes of 'The Blue Planet' and much of Attenborough's work.

Nothing episodic or repetitive here. Instead, it feels like its own individual story with real, complex emotions and conflicts. One roots for the animals, whether prey or predator.

In summary, 'The Blue Planet's' penultimate episode is wonderful. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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