We're Not Alone: A Review of Planet Earth II, "Cities" episode


For all their splendid, evocative footage, wildlife documentaries can’t help but come from a subject-object perspective. They show a world of us-and-them, civilization here and wilderness out there, however strongly they make the case to protect wild places. Documentaries of this genre have been a small-screen staple since Disney came out with its True Life Adventures in 1948. Generations have grown up on their fast-cut sequences of animals and insects struggling, adapting, and propagating in exotic habitats, tied together seamlessly by duly amazed narrators. These armchair adventures come sugar coated with pop-science, soft-core nature-porn with generous helpings of comic…


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