Life: A First Look

Guest Blogger: Jennifer Brinson

Life debuts tonight 8 PM ET

Have you ever wondered what animals do all across the planet? Do you wonder how they live and die? How they date and mate? How they make the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of their young? If you are the least bit curious about the co-inhabiters of all of the continents on this precious planet – you need to see LIFE. Discovery Education, partnering with Siemens “We Can Change the World Challenge” and the Environmental Protection Agency hosted a one hour screening of their new series LIFE. To say it is amazing in an understatement. To say that it was engaging, awe-inspiring, conscientious, and emotional is probably not saying enough. The truth is – you have to see it for yourself. LIFE will premier on all Discovery channels this Sunday, March 21 all around the world. It will continue to run for eleven weeks and the best part is that Discovery Education will make each episode of LIFE available in United Streaming on each Monday following the world broadcast. How often can you see a powerful work for the good of the world air one night and be available for classroom use within mere hours.

The screening was held in Philadelphia, PA at the Franklin Institute and was attended by a few hundred lucky viewers. Discovery Education was generous enough to extend an invitation to 75 STAR Discovery educators. I was fortunate enough to be one of them and I came away from the screening with amazing new knowledge (did you know that a Venus fly trap has trip wires?) and an awesome appreciation for the world in which I live. The images give new meaning to intelligent life (did you know that bottle-nose dolphins in the Florida Keys will “net” the fish on which they feed and just wait for them to jump into their awaiting mouths?). The narration, by Oprah Winfrey, provides information that the fascinating and tremendously informative (did you know that crabber seals are the fastest seal in the water and they can use a tiny piece of an ice flow to avoid their predators, the Orca?). While the initial screening was superb, I, for one, can’t wait to see the rest of the series. Too bad we can’t do them all at the Franklin Institute with an audience of 300 all rooting for the underdog in each scenario offered by LIFE!

Thank you to Discovery Education, all of their partners, and all of the STARs with whom I got to spend last evening. It was a special night with a special screening and I was thrilled to be part of it.

Just in case you missed the premiere and tonight’s debut, you can find some great videos at the Discovery Channel Life, all narrated by Oprah.

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  1. Meg Griffin said:

    It was a great evening and Life is incredible. The photoigraphy has to be seen to be believed.

  2. Terri Stice said:

    You passion for sharing your learning experience with “Life: A Frist Look” is heart felt! I so wish I could have been there to experience this amazing opportunity! A well written blog entry!

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