Planet Earth: Blue Planet II

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Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Stunning nature documentary is excellent watch-together TV.

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Educational Value

Stunning high-definition video shows the oceans and their inhabitants up close. Special attention is given to unique adaptations that help certain species survive.

Positive Messages

Exposes viewers to the immense biodiversity of the planet's oceans and the delicate balance of the life it supports. Strong messages about conservation and the negative human effect on the ecosystems (climate change), but the primary focus is on letting viewers glimpse the ocean's wonders and learn how different species survive.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The host shares his obvious passion for the subject. Though not role models in the traditional sense, many of the creatures show impressive fortitude in adapting to survive harsh surroundings and the constant threat of predators.

Violence & Scariness

Animals are shown being stalked, captured, and eaten, and there are occasional fights for territory. It's not gory, but the series doesn't shy away from the harsh realities of life in the wild.

 

Sexy Stuff

Mention of breeding in the context of mating practices and procreating.

 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Planet Earth: Blue Planet II is a sequel to the 2001 nature documentary series Blue Planet and takes viewers on incredible tours into and around the world's oceans. With the intent of showing the natural world at its most raw, the show often features scenes of predators catching and eating prey, and there is mention of mating and breeding practices at times. That aside, most of the footage is dedicated to showing viewers how stunningly beautiful and diverse the oceans' populations are, and cutting-edge videography facilitates that in impressive form. Host David Attenborough also raises issues related to conservation, climate change, and human threats to ocean ecosystems, encouraging viewers to consider their role in protecting our natural resources.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bystartrekfordays August 20, 2018

Excellent nature show has stunning footage of life in the sea.

Parents should know that this follow up to the first Blue Planet has amazing footage of ocean life from coral reefs to the deep to the coasts. As far as iffy co... Continue reading

What's the story?

In PLANET EARTH: BLUE PLANET II, British naturalist David Attenborough takes viewers on more stunning tours of the world's oceans. Using high-definition video captured from more than 6,000 hours of dives over a four-year period, the show is evidence of the expansive oceans' immense diversity and delicate ecosystems that harbor species ranging from beautiful and graceful to downright bizarre. Set to a score by Hans Zimmer, Attenborough's latest series aims to teach viewers about the ocean world and to encourage mindfulness about conservation practices to protect it.

Is it any good?

This sweeping series is a beautiful watch and an awe-inspiring educational tool for families. Seventeen years after Attenborough's first Blue Planet, installment two benefits from cutting-edge videography and production value as well as Zimmer's musical talents. From drone footage of dolphins and whales hunting together en masse to slow-motion footage of cascading waves so sharp you can make out individual water droplets, Blue Planet II eclipses its predecessor in sheer beauty even as it brings viewers closer than ever to some of the most clandestine ecosystems on Earth.

Beyond its mesmerizing visual appeal, Blue Planet II's impressive educational content has vast cross-generational appeal, making it an excellent pick for families. Kids and adults alike will love seeing the world's beautiful, graceful, skilled, and yes, downright odd species at work and play in their natural environments, and so much can be learned from the experience. And with Attenborough circling back to the topic of environmental protection numerous times in each episode, there's something to think about after the show's end as well.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about climate change and the oceans. Did you learn anything new from Planet Earth: Blue Planet II? How has human influence had a negative impact on the health of the planet's water? How does this affect different species? Do you think things are changing for the better now that this issue is more prominent? What can you do to make a positive change?

  • What unique characteristics do different species have to help them survive their respective environments? Could this also be said of the human species? As we learn more about our animal counterparts, are there cases in which they come to seem more human than we originally thought?

  • What advances in science and technology make series like this one possible? What further improvements will we need if we're to learn even more about the ocean's most remote places? What benefit is there to us to do so? How does curiosity drive new discoveries?

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