Since time immemorial, we human beings, have left the comforts of our homes and have survived the harshness of Mother Earth to explore the unexplored. Agree or not, humans are a curious species, so much so, that we are nearly oblivious to its pervasiveness in our lives. Our love for knowledge, desire to learn new things is insatiable.
Thus satiating our thirst, Sony BBC Earth is bringing a Earth Special line up with the premiere of Spy in the Snow, where the famous spy cameras visit nature’s magical winter wonderlands to find out how animals thrive in these cold, snowy environments.
The show shot in Alaska, Antarctica, Arctic and the mountains of Tasmania focuses on several creatures such as wombats, polar bears, emperor penguins, otters and other species making it obvious that it is hard out there to survive. However, the show, directed by John Downer, fails to hit the right notes when compared to Spy in the Wild, where a group of monkeys were seen mourning their friend — an animatronic langur they had broken but believed it to be real.
But, there are some heartwarming moments like a mother otter who keeps her kid warm and snug in the freezing cold of Alaska by blowing air and teaching the young one the art of breaking clam with a stone or a bear finding a camera and playfully kicking it around, thus, shooting its own scenes.
Watching animals in action will never fail to entertain and engage us. What makes the show more appealing is the clever and inventive concept of hidden cameras, which allow us to get up close with the animals. Watching them larking about in their natural habitat, taking care of their newborns and teaching them the intricacies of life is a definite frisson, while they are blissfully unaware that they are under surveillance from animatronic replicas of themselves.
Growing up in the snow requires resilience, intelligence, curiosity and sometimes, a playful nature. This is definitely a treat for nature lovers.
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Spy in the Snow premieres on October 13, at 9 pm, as part of the Earth Special line up on Sony BBC Earth