On Another Planet
Today, TV showed me how completely amazing the Earth is. And when I say amazing, I mean it in more than one way. Earlier this morning, as I searched for something to help wake me up during my Sunday laziness, I sat through an hour of WE's loud, obnoxious and eye-rolling series
. Now, I know this show isn't new, and I've caught a few wedding-day freak-outs here and there, but never have I been so entranced by the monster that is Bridezilla. In this particular episode, the engaged and enraged wife-to-be wanted so badly to be a celebrity that she turned her nuptials into a red-carpet affair. But I'm not going to harp on the style choices she made, because that really has nothing to do with why I couldn't change the channel. I was baffled by the fact that someone could become so angry at everyone around her during what was supposed to be the most important time of her life. Forcing her fiancé to get a tattoo of her name the night before their wedding, yelling at the limo driver while stomping her heels in the middle of the road, and postponing
when a family member passed away, this bride's behavior shocked me enough to ask myself, "What planet is she from?"
Oddly enough, with her airbrushed cheeks, hair extensions and endless complaints, she shares this planet with starving polar bears, penguins that huddle together for four months while the sun hides, elephants that trek for weeks to reach water, and volcanoes that gurgle with molten lava. Even the Blue Bird of Paradise does a better mating dance (it's unreal) than these nutty brides. My faith in the world's wonders was restored when I turned to Discovery's new anticipated series
- a never-before-seen look at the Earth's terrain, dangers, beauty and intimate animal behavior using special cameras and aerial views. It. Is. Incredible. If you haven't set your TiVo, do it now. Hopefully you can catch a replay of the three mesmerizing hours that debuted tonight. To watch a snow tiger hunt its prey for the first time on camera, see an overhead view of hundreds of thousands of birds migrating, walk through water with one lone giraffe, or feel your body sit completely still while high-speed film slows down a great-white-shark attack to 47 seconds will boggle your mind. If it doesn't, I'll have to ask you what planet
It's unfortunate that most of us will never see the natural, untouched lands of the Earth. Most will never step foot in a rain forest, attempt to climb a snow-capped peak or watch a herd of zebras stand out against the African terrain. Thank you, Discovery. Seeing what's out there through this unique view made me feel quite small in my apartment, not to mention very far away from anything so pure as what's below the ocean's surface or what's hidden in the grooves of the Rockies. I hope I can witness something that otherworldly in person one day and
come in contact with something so plastic-coated as a furious bride with a skewed perspective on an amazing life.