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Science with surreal humor
Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2018
This is a rather humorous scientific special on everything from geology to paleontology. Instead of proceeding in a linear way, for instance from one epoch to the next, it looks at the history of six American cities, over time periods ranging from the last ice age to the Cambrian, some 450 million years ago. Scenes of fauna ranging from ancient mammals to dinosaurs and even early arthropods are interspersed with pictures of the cities, and sometimes even superimposed on them, creating surreal images – mastodons walking the streets of New York, and dinosaurs patrolling the White House lawn. As a result, although the science is quite accurate, the narration is a bit incoherent at times. But what this series lacks in continuity, it makes up for in entertainment value.