Appellate Judge James A. Stewart is grateful not to be a plankton.
"This undersea paradise belies its true nature. It's a battleground, and adaptability is the key to survival."
Sometimes, battlegrounds can be beautiful and relaxing, if you're not the plankton being dined upon. Undersea Edens from the Smithsonian Channel takes viewers to coral reefs in six episodes.
• "Rainforest to Reef"—the north coast of Papua New Guinea
• "Coral Kingdoms"—Heron Island, Australia, and the Great Barrier Reef
• "Desert to Reef"—Western Australia
• "The Frozen Isle"—South Georgia Island, near Antarctica
• "The Majestic South"—Australia's False Bay, Tasmania, Montague Island, and Julian Rocks
• "Predator's Paradise"—off Papua New Guinea
Undersea Edens looks simply splendid, with the bright colors of creatures like the veined octopus or the mandarin fish popping out at you. My favorite images are the ones that simply fill the screen with some form of life, whether it's fast-moving plankton or striped eel catfish.
The images are backed up with fun facts that pop up on the screen from time to time and by Kristen Krohn's gentle narration. Even when she's talking about battlegrounds beneath the sea, it turns out to be rather soothing.
Occasionally, Undersea Edens does pop above the surface to follow penguins or loggerhead turtles, but it's generally a DVD that lives up to expectations well.
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