APPLE TV’S PREHISTORIC PLANET LOOKS SO GOOD IT FEELS LIKE A REAL NATURE DOCUMENTARY

From the moment the first Tyrannosaurus swam onto the screen in Prehistoric Planet

I’m a science editor taking a serious look at this nature show

Prehistoric Planet is Apple’s attempt at answering the question

what if we made Planet Earth but 66 million years ago?

The result is shockingly good-looking, especially since the producers have not,

In fact, managed to invent time travel, nor have they pulled a Jurassic Park and brought dinosaurs back to life.

It’s a whole lot of movie magic that makes the five-episode series actually seem like a nature documentary,

soaring the skies, or stalking through forests since the end of the Cretaceous period

some heads looked animatronic, and some of the herds had a decidedly animated feel.

This kind of leap forward in dino-realism was last achieved 29 years ago when the first Jurassic Park movie came out.

It portrayed dinosaurs as science at the time understood them and inspired a generation of paleontologists.