Dangerous Encounters

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Mediocre nature series is too violent for kids.

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age 12+
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The show offers an up-close look at a variety of predatory animals. Researchers use ingenuity to devise ways of safely studying the creatures at close range.

Violence

Predators kill, dismember, and eat their prey. Actors re-create animal attacks while survivors recount their harrowing tales. A segment about crocodiles showed a man testing the power of a protective suit by allowing himself to be hit by baseball bats and a truck.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this nature series definitely isn't for little kids, who will likely be frightened by the many scenes of dangerous animals like wolves, sharks, and crocodiles killing and devouring their prey. The narrator's panting breaths and hushed comments in the field ("I'm so scared," "This is just horrifying," etc.) -- while seemingly exaggerated for the sake of drama -- may also scare young viewers. Parents who tune in with older kids may want to remind them about the dangers of approaching any unfamiliar animals.

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Adult Written bySurfer_Clock April 9, 2008

It's never too early, parents!

The sooner you show your kids what life's really like, the sooner they can prevent themselves from becoming animal chow. Prevent the kinds of tragedy this... Continue reading
Parent Written byJenny R. March 8, 2018

Giving animals a bad name

Typical overreaction to 'dangerous' animals. Doesn't teach kids empathy or kindness, teaches fear.

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What's the story?

In the nature series DANGEROUS ENCOUNTERS, reptile expert Dr. Brady Barr travels the world to get personal with some of the world's deadliest animals, including snakes, electric eels, lions, and sharks. With help from other wildlife experts, Barr carefully devises a plan to safely study the animals up close -- often within an arm's length or so -- without disturbing their natural environment or causing them stress. In a segment about crocodiles, for example, Barr works with engineers to create a cage-like suit that will both disguise and protect him while he's in the company of the dangerous reptiles. Using a Kevlar-encased steel frame and replica crocodile skin and head, Barr creeps close enough to a mass of Nile crocodiles to affix a monitoring device to one (which he plans to use to research their adaptability to heat).

Is it any good?

Though Dangerous Encounters delivers plenty of close-ups of amazing animals in their natural elements, it's sometimes hampered by unnecessary build-up to the main event. To plan for his crocodile encounter, for example, Barr stakes out and studies grizzly bears, wraps himself in a wire cage next to a deer carcass to draw a pack of wolves, and jumps in the rodeo ring with an angry bull -- all in the name of research for creating the croc suit.

The series also suffers from Barr's tendency to be overly dramatic -- he seems to revel in reminding viewers that he's putting his life on the line for the sake of the show with hushed comments like, "I'm scared, but I've got to try" and "This is just horrifying." But the biggest issue, at least as far as kids are concerned, is the sometimes-disturbing scenes of animals killing and eating their prey. So pass on this one for little kids, and if you watch with tweens, try to be on hand so you can answer their questions about what they see.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about animal behavior. What is a carnivore? Which animals are carnivores? How do they hunt for and capture their prey? How do scientists study dangerous animals in their natural habitats? Kids: If you could observe any animal up close, which one would you choose? What would you like to learn from it? Parents, take this opportunity to tell your kids what they should do if they ever encounter a wild animal -- and remind them of the potential hazards of approaching one.

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