Good: This Nature Documentary Lets You Watch, Like, 45 Minutes Of Cool Fish Stuff Earlier than It Will get Into The Scary Local weather Change Half

There’s nothing quite like sitting back and relaxing with mesmerizing footage of the world’s oceans, and a new BBC release has set the bar to give people what they want: this nature documentary lets you watch about 45 minutes of cool fish material watch it goes into the scary part of climate change.

Hell, we’d be happy with 30 minutes, but 45? This nature documentation delivers. At this point it goes without saying that a documentary about marine life discusses the horrific ecological destruction from human activity, but the BBC’s latest offering, Blue Elysium, offers viewers an unprecedented amount of breathtaking fish action leading up to up to this point. Incredible shots of shimmering columns of anchovies swirling around to confuse predators turn right into wild shots of a scallop jerking its ass across the ocean floor by opening its shell and closing a full three-quarters of its running time before the narrator finally his Lower voice and say: “But all the inhabitants of the ocean are threatened by a particularly dangerous creature … humans.” Of course, it’s the journalistic responsibility of a good documentary filmmaker to give a sobering account of the impending extinction that we all run out of time for, but it’s nice to find a film that anticipates that discussion with a cool 45 minutes of pure entertainment, which gives viewers the epic shots of ordinary rock and seaweed piles that turn out to be squids with insane camouflage abilities that they crave so much. Some documentaries won’t take 20 minutes to explain how ocean acidification can disrupt entire marine food webs by preventing the formation of clams in critical species. So it’s pretty incredible that this documentary has focused on things like psychedelic footage of deep-sea bioluminescent organisms almost twice that long. When it comes to the ratio of fish to frightening climate change, it’s hard to do better than a solid 3: 1. After all, it’s not that we don’t get a lot of vital information about climate change from other documentaries like Chasing Ice or Before The Flood and they barely enjoyed fish to make up for that. After seeing these films and even recommending them to friends, it seems fair to us to enjoy a nature documentary that now and again tends to point more towards fantastic manta ray feeding madness and barracuda versus grouper cat and mouse -Games goes. We won’t forget an impending global catastrophe just because we’ve spent an evening being overwhelmed by an ethereal school of rhythmically pulsing jellyfish or enjoying the weird antics of parrotfish hobbling around a coral reef eating stones, while silly xylophone music is playing. and it’s nice that the folks behind Blue Elysium seem to respect that enough to spend a modest segment on the Deepwater Horizon disaster instead of knocking us over the head for half the life.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to see some Rad Jacques Cousteau shit without having to remember how fucked we are. Kudos to the makers of Blue Elysium for the good times and the decent fish material!

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