Antarctica – | Review Score – 4.5/5
Asia – | Review Score – 5/5
South America – | Review Score – 5/5
Australia – | Review Score – 4.5/5
Europe – | Review Score – 5/5
North America – | Review Score – 4/5
Africa – | Review Score – 5/5
When it comes to nature documentaries, it’s hard to discuss this topic without mentioning David Attenborough. With an exhaustive list of titles under his belt and having already lent his calming voice to Netflix’s Our Planet earlier this year, BBC and Attenborough team up once again for Seven Worlds One Planet, a series that combines a brutal look at global warming and climate change with video footage for some of the rarer species of animal on our planet.
Across seven episodes the series breaks up each episode into distinctive segments, diving deep into each continent and discussing the historical topography and diverse species inhabiting each. Unlike series past, there’s a conscious effort here to film more unusual species in each continent which is then combined with a poignant gut-punch as we see the challenges various animal species face in the wake of global climate change and humanity’s continued dominance on this planet.
For the most part, the series does well to combine impressive photography skills and David Attenborough’s narration to dive deeply into each continent. Given the scrutinous look the series takes to our affect on this planet, the North American episode feels distinctly different to the rest, with a seemingly conscious effort not to mention the issues affecting both Canada and the United States. Between the former digging for oil and the latter pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, it’s a little surprising that neither of these issues are discussed, much less mentioned across the hour-long episode.
Despite that, Seven Worlds One Planet is another brilliant nature documentary series, one that does well to shed light on some of the more pressing issues affecting our planet whilst continuing the exhaustive list of David Attenborough documentaries out there and adding another shiny jewel to the illustrious catalogue. While I still think Our Planet trumps this one as the king of nature documentary series this year, Seven Worlds One Planet is another strong offering nonetheless.