Absurd Planet

  • 09 May - 15 May, 2020
  • Mag The Weekly

The merits of nature documentaries are many and varied. They introduce us to new parts of our world and sometimes they connect us with new parts of ourselves, inspiring both empathy and personal reflection. Alongside their mix of jaw-dropping landscapes and natural ambience. But, what Absurd Planet clearly understands is that observing the inherent ridiculousness of the world around us or as the series puts it, the earth's "parade of oddities" – is even more relaxing now. These are some of the images and questions raised by this show, though it should be made clear that the 12-episode series is also super family-friendly, save some scatalogical humour, for which your personal tolerance may vary. In addition to Mother Nature's voiceover, there are quotes and interviews with some of the planet's weirdest characters. In its loving elevation of the earth's weirdest creatures, Absurd Planet offers a balm for some of the quarantine-based insecurity we may be experiencing as our routines have been taken out from under us. In times of crisis, some of our coping mechanisms are admittedly odd but when watching this series, we couldn't help but recognise that we, too, are members of this absurd planet and, no matter how improbable it seems, the circle of life will continue for us all.