Animal Face Off

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  1. Steve O'Shea

    Steve O'Shea Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Discovery Channel had their premiere of a new 12-part series titled "Animal Face Off" (or AFO for short). The 12th in this series is the Colossal Squid vs the Sperm Whale (we're not letting on anything about it, other than what has already been posted in the R & D forum), airing 06 June, but I'm interested to hear any reviews of the series, if anyone has watched it, any of the programmes.

    It is not airing on New Zealand Discovery Channel yet - ours is Australasian Discovery [edited].
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  2. cthulhu77

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    the first show aired last week here...great white vs. crocodile...I guess in our day and age of video combat, it is a way to get teens to watch a show and maybe spark some interest in animals...but...the details were "croc-hunter-ified"...over the top sensationalism and somewhat overblown thoughts on the "dangerous and deadly" aspect of the beasts...very nice videography and cg effects though.
    greg
     
  3. Steve O'Shea

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    Thanks Greg. You'll probably have kittens if you can stomach watching the series through to episode 12; a particular someone, who shall go unnamed, is ever-so-slightly less-than serious in his approach.

    It's supposed to be sensationalised entertainment, as the two animals that face off wouldn't normally (apart from the whale and squid) meet/enter into combat. Of course, I'd have preferred it had it been a face off between a grizzly bear, tiger or lion and a colossal squid, in the squid's natural environment! On land, in a battle between a mouse and a sperm whale, the mouse would have won!

    Anyone else any thoughts, or did only one person in the whole wide world watch the show.
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    Death ray? Imhotep's gland? You weren't being serious?
     
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    (EDIT - description and play-by-play, dont want to give it away as it still has time to air) I enjoyed watching the show. Cant wait to see the Colossal and the whale Face-Off. The Giant (undiscovered) Ammonite could take them all on, it was the real reason for the extinction of the dinosaurs ya know :D
     
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    now now... I only meant that the show was somewhat sensationalized...i am sure that YOUR appearance will be very, very professional, and very logical.
    no, really.
     
  7. Steve O'Shea

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    .... :oops: ... there was more too .... in fact about 95 mins more
     
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    The diver?
     
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    Just saw the previews for lions vs. tigers. on AFO. Looked tight.

    Funny too since I was talking about ligers on FFA.
     
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    i prefer cartoon networks version..... even if the morons favor a croc..... :roll: they have a little spoof goin on about a flying croc vs. a flying shark..... of course its common knowledge that a shark would make the croc look stupid for about a second and a half beofre it bites the croc in two.... :) the flying great white would reign supreme until it meets a flying messie.... or just me...


    Simply marionettes dancing for my amusement

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    Official site:

    http://dsc.discovery.com/convergence/animalfaceoff/animalfaceoff.html

    I see Discovery are already selling DVDs of some of the episodes but not the colossal squid/whale one yet. Steve, do you happen to know if this will be released? It'll probably be the only way I will get to see it :(

    Is there a nematode vs hookworm episode?
     
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    I happened to catch a commercial about that show today and it was the first i've heard of it...

    I have to say I'm disappointed with the Discovery Channel lately.... more often than not, i'll turn it on sometime during the week and I'll find some reality decorating show....or car show... or hot rod whatever... and now this show which appears to have robotic replicas of animals fighting eachother.

    Does anyone else think this channel used to be better? To me, it looks like it had sold out to whatever it can grab the most attention with.
     
  13. Phil

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    I think you might find this interesting.
     
  14. cthulhu77

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    "biting below the waist...Ouch!....I bet that hurt!"
    what a neat page...very cool !

    Fluffy: you actually pegged it...our lives have become so overworked that now everyone has to have over-fun ...and so a channel that needs ratings to stay alive is forced to show a lot of sensationalized shows..."Jaques Cousteau's Underwater World" would be a flop on todays breast augmented, bootie shaking tv stations. Lets face it, as a demographic, we are a very,very small one !
    I like the food network.
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    Valium is nice. :)

    [vitriol excised]
     
  16. cthulhu77

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    Well...some of the spinoff channels are good...Discovery Health, Discovery Wings, etc... they are just trying to make a profit, after all. and who knows, maybe some kid will be intrigued enough by one of the shows to actually learn about sharks or crocs. some good will have to come out of it all.
     
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    No, really, it's very nice. I don't think that I could get by without it. I suppose a lobotomy might work, but I'd imagine that operating heavy machinery would be way more difficult.

    ;)

    [further vitriol also excised]
     
  18. Steve O'Shea

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    :oops:

    ... I wonder when E-channel are going to do a biography on Neil Diamond.
    [edited, Steve]

    Phil, squid vs whale airs June 6 ... though don't expect to learn much science from it (because not a lot of truth was uttered from these lips ... there'll be a BS disclaimer at the very beginning I'd imagine). It was that or I get up and go, saying there's no way X could beat/eat Y, end of story, 94 mins to fill.
     
  19. cthulhu77

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    Ah yes...a slave to the corporate masses!
    welcome to the club !
    Hell's bells ! Sure, so you had to cow-tow a little...but heck, maybe somewhere some children will say to themselves "hey, giant squid are neat ! we should learn more about them !"
    That is all it took for me, way back when, and it can only effect them for the positive ! You could be influencing a whole new generation of cephologists and future Tonmo supporters..(Tony's dream)
    hehe....
    greg
     
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    I already saw Shark vs. Croc and Elephant vs. Rhino, I'm glad that the shark won, but I was rooting for the Rhino, that was stupid, I'm sure that many people have decided to make this show their weekly famliy gambling spree, I'm a little curious as to how the squid's arms and tentacles were made, care to provide any insight, Steve?
     

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