Parents' Guide to

Earth at Night in Color

By Marty Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Nature show features nighttime predators, mating rituals.

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A fight between a crocodile and a jaguar should be a marquee event, but it's blocked by water and plant life so that only a vague outline of the tussle can be made out. That's the type of visibility issue that comes up a lot in Earth at Night in Color. The series does all the major things expected from a nature show, but the series is sloppy when it comes to the details. The new filming techniques that can observe wild animals at night are exciting, but they're not yet to the point where all of the action can be seen clearly. The most exciting parts are often obscured, either by the night vision or because the cameramen couldn't get close enough to the action.

Tom Hiddleston sounds like he's doing an impression of someone narrating a nature show, and too much airtime goes to talking about the technology they're using and how it's never been implemented before. As a rule, if Earth at Night in Color were truly as awe-inspiring as the producers make it sound, they wouldn't have to spend so much time bragging about it.

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