TV Review: ‘Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink’

November 30, 2014 9:05 PM

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TV Review: ‘Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink’

“Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink” is an alarming title, but given the cottage industry and political interests built around denying climate science, desperate times call for extraordinary appellations. Actually, beyond its name, this is an extremely solid documentary, detailing two of the five mass-extinction events that have occurred in the planet’s history, and making a fairly compelling case regarding present trends. Narrated by Jeffrey Wright, this isn’t the week’s most uplifting hour, but it might be one the members of the Environment and Public Works Committee — or at least likely new Republican chair James Inhofe — should be required to watch.

Cramming a lot of science into an hour, the project makes good use of computer animation and other graphics to illustrate the K/T Extinction, the asteroid strike that killed off the dinosaurs 66 million years ago; and the Great Dying, which claimed even more species 250 million years ago.

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