A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Intriguing facts about a range of scientific fields. A vulcanologist talks about the sounds that a volcano makes that are outside of a human's ability to hear. Facts about blindness, how hearing affects the brain, about infrasound, how sound travels. Facts about light, animals deep in the oceans, the way science and exploration intersect. Interesting facts about the planet and the moon's influence on mountains, and even skyscrapers.
Being curious is the start of great adventures. Use your resources for good. Keep an open mind. When part of you dies, another part is born. Use your senses. Be in the moment. All the best things in life live on the other side of fear. You can be afraid and still do something magical. Explore the world. Don't waste your time on this planet. Push yourself. Be vulnerable.
Positive Role Models
Smith has chosen people of many abilities and backgrounds to help him explore the planet. They are experts, scientists, and explorers, who have overcome obstacles to find answers to questions that have intrigued them since they were kids. Will Smith himself allows his fears and vulnerabilites to come to the surface, which shows that even superstars have to face their fears in order to grow.
There is a diversity among the explorers in this show that is not always found in nature documentaries. There are people of various races and genders, socio-economic backgrounds, as well as representatives from communities large and small.
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Violence & Scariness
Perilous moments include avoiding rocks blown out of volcanoes, interactions with sharks and other dangerous animals, physical risk taking.
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"Hell," "ass," "dammit."
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Products & Purchases
Brands of equipment can be seen.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Welcome to Earth is a nature documentary hosted by actor and musician Will Smith, who puts himself in various risky situations in order to see things he's never seen before. For example, he climbs to the edge of a volcano to help place some monitors for a vulcanologist, while the volcano spews molten rocks feet from himself and his fellow explorers. He pets sharks who swim in circles beneath the boat he's on. Men in a Mexican town use explosives at close range on a ritual day, putting themselves at risk. Language includes words like "damn," "hell," and "ass."
Is It Any Good?
If nature's colors could glow more brightly, its sounds boosted with deeper bass, its depths plunged to terrifying bottoms, and heights shot higher, Will Smith and director and producer Darren Aronofsky (Mother!, Black Swan) are the ones to provide the jolt. In Welcome to Earth, exotic corners of the planet are filmed from electrifying angles, while Will Smith and a team of explorers attempt to discover sights and sounds not often captured by human senses.
Smith is Hollywood incarnate -- he has his own gravitational pull, his ego preceding him wherever he goes -- but there is some depth in the story that holds surprises. The visuals are stunning, capturing nature's perfect patterns: the volcanic crescendos of eruption, and silent, dark hues of the deepest ocean in successive sequences. Smith's own story comes through at times too, when he feels intimidated by a task in front of him, he admits to being frightened. There's enough educational material here that parents will see value in encouraging their families to watch. Kids will get swept into the sounds and sights of the planet's extremes. Humble it's not; but fascinating? It is.
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