"Prehistoric Planet presents little-known and surprising facts of dinosaur life set against the backdrop of the environments of Cretaceous times, including coasts, deserts, freshwater, ice worlds, and forests. Travel back 66 million years to when majestic dinosaurs and extraordinary creatures roamed the lands, seas, and skies."
Apple does a good job summarizing what the docuseries is about, but if you want a more concise description: Prehistoric Planet is Planet Earth with dinosaurs.
Speaking as someone that can throw on Planet Earth whenever and lose myself in it, I was super excited to check out Prehistoric Planet. The docuseries was produced by Jon Favreau and the creators of Planet Earth, not to mention it is narrated by the one and only David Attenborough, so needless to say my expectations for it were high.
Happy to report that my expectations were met and, in many ways, surpassed.
I don't need to say too much about the narration stylings of Sir Attenborough, but his ability to keep the viewer engrossed in a scene is second to none. Even though the events of Prehistoric Planet are fictional, he manages to make them all feel incredibly authentic.
The series opens with a T-Rex and his newborns swimming in the water off the coast of a distant island. He leads his kids on a trek through deep water as they make their way back to land. Suddenly, we hone in on a massive sea creature, a Mosasaur, which, as Attenborough puts it, dwarfs even the T-Rex in size. It is the largest predator on the planet, and it has only one goal: To eat some of these baby T-Rexes.
Tension continues to build and build with the score from Hans Zimmer swelling, and before we know it, one of the babies is dragged beneath the surface, never to be seen again. Even though it's a fictionalized encounter, it helps hammer home just how cruel and unforgiving this world was.
You might be looking at videos of CGI dinosaurs, but your heart will most definitely break. Whether it's a baby T-Rex being eaten by a Mosasaur or a bunch of baby turtles being eaten by other predators, every one of these encounters feels pretty damn real.