Planet Earth

Discovery Channel is bringing the big guns for all you nature loving freaks out there. The first three episodes of their new 11-part documentary series, Planet Earth aired last night, and if you’re a Comcast subscriber have no fears since they are On Demand (not to mention you can already purchase the series on DVD).

It’s narrated by the sublimely comforting Sigorney Weaver. It’s mindblowing stuff, stuff you’ve never seen before, the kind that gets you all excited to be a zoologist in elementary school. This thing is five years in the making. You owe it to yourself to check it out. At the end of every episode the filmmakers also show you how they filmed the episode’s most impressive shots.

It’s so overwhelming to think about my brain gets fried just trying to convey the awesomeness of this series. Last night they aired episodes about the deep ocean, the mountains, and the cursory introductory episode. We’re talking one-hour animal documentaries, shot like feature films. And though we detest zoos, the Discovery Channel has certainly raised the bar yet again.

I’m sure if you poke around the ole You Tube or Google Video or Meta Cafe you’ll be able to find some clips of the show. Planet Earth airs back-to-back episodes from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday nights on the Discovery Channel.

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