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Throughout the course of its three decades plus on the air PBS’ hit wildlife-based series Nature has taken audiences to some of the most stunning spots around the world. It has also taken viewers to some of the world’s most desolate regions throughout its now decades-long run. Those journeys around the world have produced episodes that have time and again proven why Nature remains today the leading series of its kind even today. That includes the series new episode Penguin Post Office. This episode was recently released on DVD. It is another interesting episode of the long-running series. Though, it should be noted that there is some content in this episode that some viewers might find tough for younger viewers to handle. So viewer discretion is advised in this episode. That aside, the information shared in this episode is still one of its most important aspects. The cinematography exhibited throughout the episode is just as crucial to its enjoyment and success. Whether for the footage capturing the daily life of the Gentoo penguins or for the footage of their habitat, there are plenty of impressive visuals for audiences in this episode. The program’s pacing is also noteworthy. As is the standard with Nature, this episode’s pacing is rock solid. The presentation moves at a pace that won’t leave anyone behind or leave anyone feeling like they need a program to know what’s going on. When that element is set alongside the episode’s impressive camera work and its writing, all three elements show clearly why Penguin Post Office is yet another impressive episode of Nature. In turn, the episode in whole shows once more why Nature is television’s leading wildlife-based series and why PBS remains, yet again, the proven last bastion of truly worthwhile programming.
Penguin Post Office, PBS’ latest home release from its long-running wildlife-based series Nature is yet another impressive addition to the series’ extensive history. The episode presented here shows itself to be so interesting and impressive primarily through its writing. More specifically, the information shared through the course of the episode lies at the center of the episode’s enjoyment and success. The information in question is so interesting because it focuses more on the Gentoo penguins that populate the Antarctic Peninsula at which Port Lockroy sits. Audiences will be interested (and shocked) to learn that these penguins aren’t exactly what people think. They are very territorial birds willing to go so far as to kill other penguins just to protect their territory. And the male of the species apparently is not the most faithful creature, either. Audiences might actually find themselves laughing as one male Gentoo penguin is busted with a female that is not its mate by the noted penguin’s mate. It’s like an animal version of a soap opera. For all of the eye-opening behavior of the penguins at Port Lockroy, audiences will be just as interested to see how devoted the penguins are to their young and how innovative they are. Having seemingly no means to build nests, the Gentoo penguins actually dive beneath the waves and gather stones for their nests. The stones aren’t just any stones, either. They are the stones that are just right for the given penguins’ nests. It really shows a relatively high level of intelligence among these birds. The same can be said of their protective nature. Though, that level of intelligence is debatable among the male of the species. Yes, that bad joke was fully intended. But in all seriousness, the ability of penguins to think at such a level (and to react accordingly regardless of the situation) shows quite a high level of intelligence. Such intelligence is put on display throughout this episode. It shows clearly why the writing portion of this episode’s presentation is so important to its enjoyment and success. Again, it should be noted that some of the material shared throughout the course of the program might be considered questionable for younger viewers. That aside, older viewers will still find all of the information shared about the penguins to be quite interesting. It makes Penguin Post Office well worth the watch within itself.
The information shared throughout the whole of Penguin Post Office makes a solid foundation for the program. It’s just part of the whole that audiences will appreciate about this episode of Nature, though. The cinematography presented in this episode is just as noteworthy as the information that makes up the program’s foundation. There is plenty of footage of the Gentoo penguins building their nests and interacting. Some of the footage might be difficult to stomach, though. As noted, some of the material shared might be unsettling for younger viewers. That is tied directly in to the cinematography. On a more positive note, the footage of the Antarctic peninsula is stunning. Audiences get to see the massive icebergs set against the gentle blues and greys of the peninsula’s waters and rocks. They get to see the penguins diving for the rocks that make up their nests. They also see the penguins defending their territory from one predator in particular. Those wanting just a glimpse into the camera crew’s exemplary work can see it for themselves via the program’s trailer, which can be viewed here. It shows better than any amount of words could ever do in showing the camera crew’s outstanding work; work that proves itself one more reason that audiences will especially enjoy Penguin Post Office.
The writing and cinematography incorporated into Penguin Post Office are both important elements in their own right to the program’s enjoyment and its success. Both elements provide their own important piece to the whole of the episode that collectively will keep viewers engaged from beginning to end. That is the case even in some of the more unsettling moments included in the feature. For all of their importance to the program in whole, they are not all that makes Penguin Post Office work as well as it does. The program’s pacing should be noted here, too. Those behind Nature have maintained a certain standard in regards to the pacing of the series’ episodes throughout its three decades-plus run on PBS. That standard is maintained just as well in the case of this episode as in every other episode that has come before. At no point in the program will viewers feel lost or left behind. Ample time is given to each portion of the program’s body. The result is a near hour-long episode that will leave audiences surprised at how little they really knew about penguins and especially about the Gentoo penguins. It rounds out the ways in which Penguin Post Office proves itself yet another insightful and entertaining episode of television’s leading wildlife-based series.
Penguin Post Office boasts plenty of positives across its nearly hour-long run time. The information shared on the Gentoo penguins is within itself quite insightful. It gives an in-depth look at just one breed of penguin that populates the world. The cinematography incorporated into the series presents a stark and stunning landscape the few ever get to see. The pacing of the program in whole will keep audiences engaged and in turn allow them to more thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the noted writing and cinematography. All things considered, Penguin Post Office proves to be a program about which plenty of people will want to write home (another bad joke fully intended). They serve to show why PBS remains today the last true bastion of truly worthwhile programming on television. Penguin Post Office is available now on DVD. It can be ordered online direct from PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=57130986&cp=&kw=penguin+post+office&origkw=penguin+post+office&sr=1. More information on this and other episodes of Nature is available online now at:
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