PBS’ Meet The Coywolf is an interesting addition to the network’s wildlife series Nature. It is an interesting addition to the beloved series first and foremost because of its writing. Just as important to keeping audiences engaged throughout the course of the program’s near hour-long run time is its editing. The visuals used in conjunction with the program’s writing make it all the more interesting to watch. The visual aids used in certain segments round out the presentation, making it complete and completely worth watching. It is available now on DVD.
The first aspect of Meet The Coywolf that makes it so interesting is its writing. This episode of Nature, which is based on a book by the same name, introduces the hybrid animal to many audiences for the very first time. At the same time, it explains how humans within the territories of the coywolf are meeting them at an increasing rate, too. Most interesting of all is that by and large, this episode of Nature takes the high road. Instead of being preachy, it is presented from a primarily objective standpoint. It shows how citizens of two totally separate regions hundreds of miles apart are living in closer and closer proximity to coywolves. Despite that proximity to one another, the two sides seem to live peacefully alongside the other. There’s no sense of preaching to audiences for the most part. The closest that this episode comes to preaching is a point at which it is noted a male coywolf was killed by a police officer because the unnamed officer thought the coywolf was acting aggressively toward him. As was pointed out, the reality is that the coywolf was merely protecting his mate and child because he felt the officer was too close to them. That is the extent of the episode’s subjective commentary. Other than that, this episode is objective. That objectivity is the key to the program’s ability to reach the level which it reaches.
The writing behind Meet The Coywolf is key to its ability to reach viewers. By direct connection, the program’s editing is just as important to the episode’s overall presentation. Editor Janet Hess did a wonderful job of presenting footage in their natural habitats and even within the confines of the human world. It’s interesting to see just how close the two worlds come to one another on a daily basis. She also clearly presents the avenues taken to track the wolves in hopes of gathering information that could be used to help protect them. Simply put, she has worked with writer Siobhan Flanagan to present a fully unbiased and informed episode that serves as the basis for what could be a much deeper future episode.
The writing and editing that make up Meet the Coywolf are both equally important to making this episode of Nature engaging for viewers. There is one more aspect to this episode that makes it engaging for viewers. That aspect is the visual aids. More specifically, the CG maps outlining the coywolves’ territories make the program more engaging. The maps tie right in to the episode’s editing because they are used to help illustrate the extent of the coywolves’ territories even within the confines of a city. It’s incredible to see the expanse of those territories as they are tracked by the individuals watching them. It shows the wolves’ ability to adapt to their surroundings and thrive. That is the ultimate statement to this episode of Nature. Even though humans and coywolves are living in increasingly close proximity to one another, the coywolves have shown their ability to adapt and survive. And as long as there is understanding of them, they will continue to survive and thrive. Audiences will understand this and more themselves when they order this program on DVD now. It can be ordered direct from PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=30499036&cp=&kw=meet+the+coywolf&origkw=Meet+The+Coywolf&sr=1. More information on this and other episodes of Nature is available online at http://www.facebook.com/PBSNature and http://www.pbs.org/wnet.nature. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.