Review: Planet Earth II

It is a series full of shocking images and videos on our planet. The quality of the content is amazing, the instrumental music (by Hans Zimmer) subtly brings you in the ambience and the narration has a familiar voice (David Attenborough). The life in nature portrayed in each chapter captivates you and takes you on a trip to places you may not know even existed: unknown flora and fauna that are now disappearing. Watch the trailer here.



You can expect variety. You will be surprised by the view of familiar animals but with new perspectives. There is a chapter where you see an eagle fly high in the mountain at almost 200 km per hour and you’ll get a contrasting shot right from the back of the bird. You will see animals and plants in an untraditional way, it’s just a new way of seeing life. There’s a creature that looks like a centipede, but it’s not. This little animal shines, it turns their yellow lights on to attract prey and turns them off when it goes hunting, leaving only a few red lights on its head.

The series is divided into chapters that cover places such as: deserts, oceans and mountains, including a chapter of cities, showing the negative and somewhat positive impact of our interference with nature.

The one in the city is weird. You’ll learn about adaptations of animals to the cities: monkeys that steal, leopards hunting in cities of India, or clans of hyenas that fight and dispute their right to be and eat in a city. You can see how certain cities try to create green spaces to invite new animals and live with them. You will see adaptation but also death.

These scenes are recorded everywhere, from large areas to remote places. This shows the deployment and time it took to record all this material so you can know and appreciate it. There are even some shots recorded in the Galapagos Islands and it involves an escape of newborn iguanas chased by dozens of snakes.

It is a very good series, and if you liked the first season (which is on Netflix), you will also like the second one that you can find on Animal Planet. If there is something that the series leaves you, apart from new knowledge of places and species, what is changing and what is disappearing, is the questioning of if the planet even needs the human being. It seems that our relationship with nature goes beyond being part of it, now humanity interferes with it in such a destructive way that animals that previously walked in peace, no longer walk or walk towards its disappearance. We recommend you see and draw your conclusions, and share them with us. We are sure that you will take a lot from Planet Earth II.