Meerkat Manor: Season 4
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This season, the narrator is Stockard Channing, and while she is adequate, I prefer Sean Astin's narration (Seasons 1-3). This season is not as quite as heightened (or frankly, powerful--as Seasons 3 and 2) but it is a strong addition to the canon. On one hand, viewers who felt a little...turned off...by how depressing and difficult it sometimes was to watch previous seasons, can find that the mood is lighter here overall (though darker moments abound.) On the other hand, I found the various episodes uneven--some strong, some weaker--as a whole though, it adds up to a good season. There are both new and familiar faces that come to the forefront: Sophie, Rocket Dog, Wilson, and Maybeline being the most interesting and endearing IMO.
At its best, it's still one of my favorite shows on TV (I watch a variety of shows; this is the only "nature/animal" show I watch.) But for various reasons, the level of connection and involvement I felt was not as strong with these new "stars" than the meerkats of past seasons. It should be kept in mind that it took three seasons to fully bring out the full power and arc of the series and "characters" (meerkats) of the past.Read more ›
By the series’ second half, we’re all familiar with the research project, and don’t need the five-minute reminder which allows for more story in each episode; also the TV rating/disclaimer gets upped from G to PG allowing for a truly uncensored look at the very intimate and very real lives of these amazing creatures who have found their way into our hearts from the beginning. I always cry pretty much all through season 3 when we lost so many of them from Carlos, to Flower’s selfless sacrifice, to (Wilson and) Mozart’s tragic romance. Though I followed the series into its final season initially, I don’t remember having seen the very last episode (season 4) when it originally aired, and finally did in re-runs; Rocket Dog’s survival and strength of leadership was mind-blowing.
So intriguing is how vastly different meerkat society is from our own and how their daily life-and-death struggles make so many of our own human problems seem small. By the same token, however, despite all our advances, we are still living in “tough times” and it often makes me wonder if we are really any different or any better off than they are, which is why we the viewers can so easily relate to their everyday lives.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love Meercat manor!!! I watched this on tv when it first came out. I am glad they made these so my daughter gets to watch them too!!!Published 1 month ago by Jessica B.
I really enjoyed watching these little guys, but you get emotionally involved with lives and when one gets hurt or dies, you hurt for them.Published 14 months ago by linda..davis
DVD set arrived quickly. Been enjoying it a lot. Love the Meerkats, such precious little things.Published 22 months ago by Karen Poehlein
A wonderful series on Animal Planet that touches the heart!! I wish it were on again!! I miss Flower, she was one of a kind!!Published 23 months ago by Shaun R. Moll