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Interesting but falls a long way from full-filling its potential
"Rats" does a reasonably OK job frightening you about the diseases rats can transmit, but does little more. It jumps between different areas of the world illustrating how people are deal with them in their particular location, but the information is awfully shallow. Frankly, "Rats" comes across very much as a kind of nature documentary clickbait. Personally, I have a strong formal education in many sciences and continue to read extensively. As far as I'm concerned, this documentary should have been twice as long and done a deep dive with scientists into the biology and shared history between rats and people . As it was, it just lighly skimmed the surface of many topics, seemingly trying to do no more than frequently disgust you. Given my educational background, I view rats as biological organisms, and I'm not that easily disgusted, although I do have the knowledge and sense to give rats a wide berth in real life. I really feel cheated, since there were so many different ways this documentary could have been usefully expanded, but if you're mostly just interested in being creeped out by rats and being made aware of the shocking amount of them with which we co-exist in our modern cities especially, this short, low information content, documentary will probably keep you entertained and interested.
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