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‘Our Planet’ a visually stunning ode to nature, life on Earth

"Our Planet" was released with all eight episodes available for streaming on April 5 — the first nature documentary series Netflix has produced to date. Image By: Netflix/Silverback Films

Sir David Attenborough is the most well-known naturalist alive, spanning a career at the BBC as a nature documentarian and presenter since 1954. Attenborough’s cutting-edge nature programs such as “Life on Earth” (1979), “The Living Planet” (1984), “The Trials of Life” (1990), “The Life of Birds” (1998), “The Blue Planet” (2001), and “Planet Earth” (2006) have transported audiences into the most spectacular settings on the planet and have documented the world’s most extraordinary spectacles of life. 

Attenborough has spent years in the field with cameramen exploring the world in order to bring nature to the lives of people across the world, making him one of the world’s most beloved media icons. 

Having recently narrated the sequels to “Blue Planet” and “Planet Earth”, Attenborough now narrates “Our Planet” for Netflix — another visually sensational episodic nature series with an emphasis on conservation and the perilous threats the world’s ecosystems and wildlife are facing.

Divided into eight episodes, “Our Planet” takes viewers into the world’s remaining wild places and captures the awe-inspiring beauty of the most amazing wildlife still inhabiting Earth.


From the frozen polar regions to the humid tropical rainforests, this series examines marvelous animals as large as blue whales to as tiny as songbirds. With nearly every imaginable iconic species filmed, “Our Planet” allows viewers to witness the lives of animals we all know and love such as polar bears, penguins, orangutans and elephants to more unknown species such as the twelve-wired bird of paradise and the narwhal. 

Focusing on different environments such as jungles, coastal seas, freshwater, polar regions, grasslands, deserts and forests, “Our Planet” explores the rich biodiversity found across the globe and chronicles the many threats it is currently facing. Both beautiful and depressing, this series reveals graphic footage of predator-prey relations and the gruelling physical effects due to changing habitats which several species are facing.

Without question the most important TV series you can watch right now, “Our Planet” is another visionary work of art narrated by one of the world’s greatest environmental leaders. At a time with exponential population growth, climate change, deforestation, poaching, ocean acidification, desertification, and more environmental threats, the world’s remaining biodiversity is experiencing horrendous changes that severely threaten the future of the planet. 

Anyone who cares about the world’s ecosystems and the overall function of the natural world should watch this series to not only learn about what is occurring around the world to our ecosystems, but what to do in order to help it. It’s a truly inspiring series with unmatched footage and is simply not to be missed.

Final Grade: A+




Dominic LeRose is a staff writer for the Daily Cardinal. To read more of his work, click here.

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