Planet Earth II, Episode 1: 'Islands' Review

By Murtaza Ali Khan

After captivating the viewers globally, Planet Earth II has come to India (Monday to Friday at 9:00 PM, starting September 18, 2017 on Sony BBC Earth). I recently attended the special screening of the first episode of the Sony BBC Earth show in Delhi. Titled Islands, the episode focuses upon the different dimensions of island life. How some of the remotest islands are home to the rarest beings living on earth: be it the pygmy three-toed sloth living on a Caribbean island, or marine iguanas inhabiting the Galapagos Islands, or a colony of over one and a half million penguins trying to survive on the sub-Antarctic island of Zavodovski that’s also the home to an active volcano.

Planet Earth II has been shot over 2089 days with 117 filming trips through 40 countries. It is the sequel to the 2006 BBC series Planet Earth. Presented and narrated by the one and only David Attenborough, Planet Earth II takes us to the extremes of the natural world—jungles, mountains, islands, deserts, grasslands, etc—thanks to the brilliant use of the cutting edge filming technology that’s available today, not to mention the human daredevilry to constantly push the limits against all odds.

The series is sponsored by Indian Oil and co-powered by Perfinzaby MRF. Seagrams 100 Pipers Music CDs and Dell Inspiron are the associate sponsors. Scored by the legendary composer Hans Zimmer, Planet Earth II recently bagged the Creative Arts Emmy Awards for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series. At the 2017 BAFTA Awards, the breathtaking ‘Snake vs Iguana’ chase sequence from the first episode won the ‘Best TV moment of the year’ award. The sequence has garnered over 400 million views on YouTube alone.

The USP of Planet Earth II is its awe-inspiring visuals. One just can’t help but fall in love with the colorful vignettes of the wild life that are on show here. Sony BBC Earth isn’t leaving any stone unturned in a bid to make the series a grand experience. The channel has partnered with INOX cinemas (for holding theatrical screening of the series across Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Pune) and with Croma (for showcasing the key visuals of the most dramatic moments from the series across all TV screens of the 94 Croma outlets). Sony BBC Earth has also roped in wildlife enthusiasts and influencers who would help create engaging content for the social media users.

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