The nightly engagement with America’s real National Pastime: channel surfing to find something halfway decent to watch on TV before breaking down and firing up the Roku to watch something I demand that the networks and cable channels refuse to give me. Dateline: Sunday, March 18, 2012. “Frozen Planet” is already airing and the view is a magnificent vista of a sheer white wonderland on which a polar bear is struggling to make purchase. Loving sheer white wonderlands and always enjoying the sight of polar bears, I settled in and just said no to Netflix, Hulu, Pub-D-Hub, Amazon and the rest of the gang awaiting my demands on the Roku.
Something worthwhile was on live American network TV!
“Frozen Planet” was a show I came into already in progress and to had to catch the first part upon instant replay. Having little interest in the overdeveloped pituitary cases of those with underdeveloped cranial development who were engaged in play on many other channels, my attention became increasingly focused on polar bear play for survival. “Frozen Planet” provided a perspective of the travails of what it is like to be a polar bear not much different from other documentary shows on Animal Planet or Discovery or BBC America. Except for the high definition video which was so strikingly utilized for the utmost artistic purposes that, for the first time ever, I actually saw the positive connotations of the overhyped marketing genius that is the big push to sell HD televisions as a genuine revolution.
That breathtaking and almost post-apocalyptic portrait of the Great White North inhabited by polar bears is perhaps the most magnetic use of high definition I have yet borne witness to on the flat screen television. The same technology had almost anti-magnetic effect when it came to watch the creative centerpiece of “Frozen Planet.” This amazing nature documentary revealed a world down under never captured on film before despite the voluminous amount of footage spent over the decades by purveyors of natural footage from Disney to Cousteau.
Anyone who thinks that animals are simply dumb brutes needs to watch the splendid example of strategic planning by a group of orcas that makes the so-called strategic planning of Donald Rumsfeld and his war in Iraq seem like it was, indeed, the work of dumb brutes without a brain to share. The majesty of a deliriously well-planned and flawlessly executed team attack by these whales against their seal prey is like nothing you have ever seen on TV. Every detail is richly enhanced as you rise up the ladder of quality picture detail, but even on the grainiest of old black and white tubes you would absolutely have to be helplessly entranced by the sight of these orcas acting in concert with all the precision of an Olympic gold-medal winning team of synchronized swimmers.
An upcoming episode of “Frozen Planet” is at the mercy of intellectually-challenged medieval-minded politicians who object when factual evidence of Global Warming is presented to Americans. You may not be allowed by your cable subscriber to be subjected to actual scientific justification of the fears of global warming, but don’t allow yourself to miss the apolitical wonder of orcas proving they are more intellectually gifted than groups of humans acting in concert to attain their own goal of consuming knowledge meant for others and transforming it from sustenance into pure fecal matter.