The spec (the first half of the usual two-hour “NGE”) is supposedly an answer to”The Bridges of Madison County,” in which Clint Eastwood plays a pretty glamorous NGS lenser. Some of the clips are familiar, since they’ve been seen on NGE spex. And some of the pros are familiar, like wildlife specialist Nick Nichols, whose adventures have already appeared in fuller appreciation of what he endures in jungle shooting.
He finds himself aswarm with insects during one adventure that has aired before, while his aide appears unbothered. Beverly Joubert speaks for her husband, Dereck, and herself as she describes life in the African bush pursuing lions day and night, footage already shown in a National Geographic spec.
Jodi Cobb films the Orient Express while a camera crew films her, as happens often with these busy photographers. David Doubilet’s underwater work culminates here with a human figure surrounded by a ring of barracuda against of blaze of blue; it’s gorgeous.
Interestingly, there’s a quick internal look at National Geographic editing as pictures are chosen for publication at the headquarters, but it’s not enough. The big game hunters and the polar bear chasers should turn their lenses on the magazine itself to spell out its fascinating history and how it’s put together. What a special TV edition that’d be!