It might seem surprising that Blue Planet II has become one of the most watched TV shows of 2017 but quite honestly it’s more refreshing than anything. TV has been so inundated with dancing shows, reality shows, and sitcoms galore that something that truly depicts the world we live on, or at least the part that we don’t truly understand, is a welcome breath of fresh air, so to speak. At last count somewhere around 17 million viewers had tuned in to watch Blue Planet II, which makes it one of the most watched TV shows this year and quite possibly one of the most popular ever.
There was a time when nature shows seemed to be shunned and even spurned for the flash and pomp of the sitcoms and other programs that offered constant action and excitement. It’s hard to argue with the fact that nature shows do tend to get a little slow at times, but there is a good reason for this. Nature doesn’t conform to what people want, it’s not bound by what we desire and it’s not going to act in the way that human beings want to see all the time. Blue Planet II took around four years to film since the crew had to actually find and wait for moments that are show in the program to take place. Nature doesn’t stack up its greatest action sequences so that humans can watch, it requires a great deal of patience to actually find these wonders and get the kind of shots that make people fawn over what they’re seeing.
Having come from a beach community I can at least appreciate the idea that the wide open ocean has a lot of secrets that, as humans, we’re not made privy to at all times. The ocean hides a great many things and human beings know about a fraction of them at best. There are still areas in the world’s seas where human beings have only the most vague idea of what goes on and what might lurk beneath the surface. That’s part of the beauty of nature however, it never gives everything all at once, it is a patient and carefree thing that does not conform to the will of mankind.
Blue Planet II shows a landscape that is majestic in its scope and truly beautiful in what can be seen. The idea that this much lies beneath the surface of the world’s oceans is a daunting thing to consider. With so much of the earth being covered by water it’s easy to think that even after so long mankind has yet to fully plumb the depths of this world. After watching Blue Planet II there’s kind of a question now as to if humanity really should go that far. It’d be nice to know what’s down there, to understand the entirety of our world, but there are some mysteries that are best left alone, and some that deserve their solitude.
Barring that, finding out whatever is down there eventually could lead to a very interesting discovery.