Life After People: The Series, Season 1
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Each episode is a stunningly graphic examination of how the very landscape of planet Earth would change in our absence, using cinematic CGI to reveal in scientific detail the fate of every aspect of the man-made world. What happens to the millions of animals that supply our food? The chemicals stored in industrial complexes? Which animals take over subways? Do satellites fall to Earth? When does Mt. Rushmore wither away? Every episode will unfold in the hours, days, months and years after people disappear and will combine three to four different kinds of stories, from animal outbreaks to structural collapses, building to a unique visual finale. Welcome to Earth, population zero.
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Each episode in this series has a different theme, but sometimes the episodes deviate from these themes to concentrate on other things, which disappointed me because the original subject was then given scanty detail. For example, the episode 'Heavy Metal' told us what happened to the gold bars in the Reserve vault belowground... BUT what about the gold in Fort Knox, the gold on the surface remaining as jewelry and ingots, the gold used in paint and decorations, and what of silver, platinum, mercury, lead, etc? It would have been much better if each episode stuck entirely to what it was supposed to be about instead of wandering off into another subject and putting in more collapsing buildings (after a while, it does get old). Some episodes were more faithful to this concept than others.
001 - The Bodies Left Behind - about man's pursuit of immortality and what happens to our attempts at it (frozen sperm and ova along with embryos and cryogenically frozen bodies) as well as some of mankind's treasures. Cons - not enough about the frozen tissue samples (what happens to the vaults and vats that guard these specimen? The failure of the containers is something I wanted to see along with the failure of electricity to keep things cold) and what happens to people who died within a week before LAP and are now laying in funeral homes? I was disappointed they didn't touch on that. How long would an embalmed body last vs an unembalmed one?Read more ›
The movie particularly resonated with me because I have often wondered the same thing. I have even done sketches of, say, the Statue of Liberty toppled over and half-covered with sand, or Big Ben in London halfway submerged, or the Golden Gate Bridge collapsed. I supposed that this line of thought was inspired by my observations, over the years, of the ruins of ancient civilizations, coupled with the realization that nothing lasts forever, leading to speculation as to what might the ruins of our current civilization look like.
Life After People is, above all, an excellent presentation of entropy in action.
Now about the availability, this is where I am puzzled. The premiere episode and season 2 are readily available with both DVD and blu ray formats to pick from. Why is season 1 in DVD format only and so limited in its availability? I paid $40 for this out of fear that once it is gone it will never be seen again. I just can't figure out why History Channel is snuffing out this title. I looked on their website to see if a blu ray was available and I couldn't even find the title for this release anywhere. Again, why?
It is an interesting idea for a documentary and I can`t find much to fault in their conclusions. Nature, and life itself are very
rough on everything in the long term either natural or man made.
The reason I only gave it three stars instead of four or five is that it presents the same thing over and over again. It is
interesting to know what lack of maintainence will do to a suspension bridge over a couple of hundred years, but there really
isn`t any significant difference between what happens to such a bridge in San Francisco, New York, or Michigan. Same holds true
with most tall buildings, homes, ect.
More than half of each episode is basicly a repete of the others in a different location. Granted, there are some differences in
how things will fall into disrepair in a desert as opposed to a wet climate, but not as much as you might think.
The series is worth watching, but they should have found more things to examine than going over the same things again and again.
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Excellent video from the History Channel. Part of the case that holds the disc came broken but that's okay, it still holds the disc and it didn't come damaged. Works great!Published 2 months ago by Jay
It was so very well done. The reason that I purchased it was to see any similarities with the book, "The Sixth Extinction" by Elizabeth Kolbert. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Richard J. Busa