"Earth" Might Not Be Doomed After All (Maybe) Review

PBS has a nature documentary virtually on lock at this point. A few cute animals, some slow motion, and a few helicopter shots of vast, unspoiled terra firma and you’ve basically got 6 hours of programming. Earth: A New Wild yields to this formula almost entirely (they don’t mess around: this thing has baby pandas in it. Pandas), but distinguishes itself by virtue of the potentially incurable optimism of its host Sanjayan Muttulingam, whose amazement with the outdoors and the things in it appears inexhaustible. It’s unlikely that he’ll change the way you look at the world, but he may provide some welcome respite from its dourness.

The central thesis of A New Wild is that mankind’s relationship with the Earth is far more symbiotic and less predatory than is commonly supposed. On the strength of wide-ranging anecdotes (and the not to be underestimated baby pandas), Muttulingam makes the case that the “new wild” is one in which the place of humans coexists peacefully with the flora and fauna that surrounds it. As a host, Muttulingam’s enthusiasm is certainly infectious and encouraging, and it’s admittedly nice to see a program like this whose forecasts aren’t quite so depressing. 

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There's an additional interview with Muttulingam.

"Earth: A New Wild" is on sale February 10, 2015 and is not rated. Documentary. Starring Sanjayan Muttulingam.

Sep
30
2015
Anders Nelson • Associate Editor

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