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Old 08-08-2019, 10:09 PM
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"Serengeti" on Discovery


I really wanted to like this series. We spent two of the best weeks of our lives on the Serengeti and surrounding areas and really hoped that his series would illustrate the beauty of the place.

Instead, Discovery turned it into some sort of anthropomorphic soap opera, ascribing human traits and emotions to wild animals. The HD photography was astounding, with terrific footage of all those critters doing what they do. Then they ruined it by giving all the animals names, plotting improbable stories around them and having the narrator say idiotic things such as (about a baboon) "Ngoombi had to focus on a way to win back Ngombi."

Sadly, we didn't even make it through the first episode. Don't waste your time unless you mute the sound.
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Old 08-08-2019, 10:13 PM
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The music is just. . . terrible. Overwrought and ridiculous. But visually. . . man, how beautiful!
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Old 08-09-2019, 12:19 PM
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Oh, yeah, I forgot about the soundtrack. My wife and I were so busy rolling our eyes at each other, I barely noticed it. I also sent a complaint to Discovery about the series.

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Having just returned from the real place, it has some amazing footage... but the audio cannot be on... and the super close ups where the animals are clearly nuzzling or swatting a GoPro is annoying in that filming nature should not literally be getting in its face.

I'll see if it gets better after the 7 minute mark, but I'm not hopeful.
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Old 08-09-2019, 02:41 PM
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Having just returned from the real place, it has some amazing footage... but the audio cannot be on... and the super close ups where the animals are clearly nuzzling or swatting a GoPro is annoying in that filming nature should not literally be getting in its face.

I'll see if it gets better after the 7 minute mark, but I'm not hopeful.
Were you able to visit Ngorongoro Crater while you were there?
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Old 08-09-2019, 03:29 PM
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That's so disappointing! I was looking forward to it. Thanks for the warning. Ugh.
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I may be the only one, but I liked it. The narration didn't bother me and I seldom pay attention to the music on a show. I thought the camera work was fantastic. I'll watch it again.

By the way, the show is on Animal Planet, which is owned by Discovery.
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Old 08-09-2019, 09:27 PM
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I may be the only one, but I liked it. The narration didn't bother me and I seldom pay attention to the music on a show. I thought the camera work was fantastic. I'll watch it again.

By the way, the show is on Animal Planet, which is owned by Discovery.
It's on Discovery's app so they must be broadcasting it over both channels.
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Old 08-09-2019, 09:47 PM
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I may be the only one, but I liked it. The narration didn't bother me and I seldom pay attention to the music on a show. I thought the camera work was fantastic. I'll watch it again.

By the way, the show is on Animal Planet, which is owned by Discovery.
Can't fault the photography. It's the editing of the film to fit their narrative that bugs me.
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It's on Discovery's app so they must be broadcasting it over both channels.
Yeah, my bad. It is on Discovery, but it's on the Animal Planet app, too.
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Old 08-10-2019, 03:01 AM
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disney started that trend decades ago see "perri" ect .........and things like meerkat manor reinforced it for the modern age

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