History's newest series, Life After Judge Victor Valdivia, sent people dancing in the streets with joy.
What would happen if every human being on Earth disappeared?
Then there wouldn't be dopey TV shows like this one. Life After People is one of the dumbest series History has ever aired, and this is coming from a reviewer who sat through two seasons of Ax Men. This is the equivalent of those Fox shows in which buildings collapse, animals attack, and high-speed chases ensue, except dressed up in the veneer of "science."
The premise of Life After People is this: After every human suddenly disappears off the face of the Earth, for unspecified reasons, what will happen to the planet? Already that sounds goofy, but it gets worse. Here are the ten episodes of Life After People: The Complete Season Two compiled on three discs:
• "Toxic Revenge"
• "Crypt of Civilization"
• "Last Supper"
• "Holiday Hell"
• "Waves of Devastation"
• "Depths of Destruction"
• "Take Me to Your Leader"
Every episode follows the same exact format: take some aspect of human life, such as food, buildings, airplanes, or chemicals, and then use fancy CG to show it getting ruined and destroyed. That's it. Guess what happens to buildings when humans aren't around to maintain them? They fall down. Wow, what a big surprise. Guess what happens to food when refrigeration fails and people aren't around to eat it? It spoils, and then vermin eat it. Never saw that coming, did you? Guess what happens to ships when humans aren't around to steer them? They crash. Also, metal rusts, concrete cracks, and water wears things down. Did you know that? Those are just some of the spectacularly scintillating reveals you can only get with Life After People. Next season, the series will undoubtedly reveal that without humans around, the global economic marketplace might just possibly collapse. Wait, maybe that's way too intellectually taxing for this series, since it doesn't involve CG shots of stuff blowing up and turning weird colors.
Seriously, how on earth can this drivel be worth more than one hour, let alone two seasons? How many shots of stuff going bad and scientists solemnly intoning "Without humans around, (fill-in-the-blank) would certainly fail" does anyone need? The only mildly interesting historical moments occur when the episodes demonstrate the histories of actual abandoned buildings or towns that exist today, but even these get repetitive after a while. There's only so much decrepitude and squalor that one can take, although judging by the high ratings for this series, apparently that's a lot. If you're one of those fans, then have at it—this is the set for you. Otherwise, there's absolutely no reason whatsoever to watch Life After People. You won't learn anything you didn't already know, unless you've never heard of such esoteric concepts as gravity, erosion, and decomposition. Ooh, fancy!
Technical specs are typical History: non-anamorphic 1.78:1 transfer, Dolby stereo mix, both acceptable. There are no extras.
Guilty of being really, really, stupid.
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