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Life After People - As seen on Channel 4 & The History Channel [DVD]
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This fascinating programme as seen on Channel 4 and The History Channel relies on experts' knowledge and understanding of history in order to predict the future helping to paint a picture of what Earth will look like in the days, weeks, months, years and millennia after humans are gone. Looking farther into the future and using analyses based on the past, we see how nature will reclaim the world we live in. Eventually glass buildings topple, stone buildings crumble, successive freezing and thawing turn streets to rubble, water rises, subways flood and sewers crack. What animals will survive? What kind of plant species will survive? Will the seas be filled with fish? Will humans ever return? Will man begin the cycle again, excavating our ruins and trying to imagine what life was like before? This programme uses feature film quality visual effects from ILM and top experts in the fields of engineering, botany, ecology, biology, geology, climatology and archaeology. Humans won't be around forever and now we can see in detail, for the very first time, the world that will be left behind in…..Life After People.
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The film speculates that all the metal and concrete cities would be destroyed by fire without firemen, but then show how they would crumble due to rust and then grow up to be high-rises for cats. Clearly they were pulling stuff out of their butts, saying whatever sounded good at the time. The filming at Chernobyl was boring and lasted way too long as they didn't have a clue as what to do about zoo animals.
This looked more like a seventh grade science report then something serious. It is a fluff piece for the enjoyment of the mindless masses.
The extras on the DVD is "The Making of..."
Plot Spoiler: The world is better off without us.
For me, the real 'point' of this programme is to show the viewer just how tenuous our grip is on this planet. The science is perfectly plausible and quite realistic in my opinion. It is impossible for any show to cover all aspects of a world where humans disappear, and of course various things have been left out, or things may progress differently than in this show. However, it is a good attempt at an interesting issue.
Depending on your personal views you may either find this documentary depressing or uplifting. Many people might consider a world without humans a bit dreary and not very interesting. On the other hand it is fascinating to see how little impact the human race really has on the planet. There is virtually nothing we can do or make that the planet cannot recover from or break down through natural processes, all the planet needs is time. Personally I find that a very positive thing, and quite humbling.
The programme doesn't state where all the people went. And frankly it doesn't matter. It would not affect the topics that the programme examines. Whether people vanished over-night or gradually over several weeks or months does not change the bigger picture - skyscrapers will not stand any longer, domesticated animals will still become wild, etc etc.
The reality is that the human race can disappear without any trace of having ever existed - it's a sobering thought!
GREAT STUFF Dave Dixon
Is this a third series of just one disc - or a compliation?? - can anyone help. Regards.
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