Review: Fierce | Virgin Media
Review: Fierce

Review: FierceAired Tuesday 19th April at 8pm on ITV (CH 103) | Rating: ★★★☆☆

20/04/2016TV

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Steve Backshall, who’s a bit like an Action Man doll come to life, took us into the wilds of Indonesia in a documentary so immersive you’d have been swatting at mosquitos on the sofa.

In a nutshell

Fierce. It’s a word that’s been stolen by the likes of Rihanna and Beyonce and untold legions of Instagrammers who are under the impression that well-sculpted eyebrows, posh manicures and extremely shiny shoes can all be “fierce”. They cannot be. Why, the merest Google search will reveal the definition to be “having or displaying a violent or ferocious aggressiveness”, which eyebrows cannot ever do.

But komodo dragons? That’s a different story. Cleaving closely to the traditional meaning of fierce, this documentary took us almost literally into the jaws of doom, as gung-ho naturalist Steve Backshall got up close and very personal with big beasts in Indonesia. Now, Steve is the ideal guide to scary monsters, because he himself exudes a kind of happy, affable indestructibility. A bit like a khaki-clad Superman. Which was just as well, because we really did get a bit worried as he got to grips with that big fat king cobra.

What's the verdict?

From lumbering land beasts to seriously toxic fish, there were certainly fierce creatures a-plenty in this riveting documentary. Just the thing to remind you that Mother Nature is evil and is out to get us all. Nice.

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