If you watched any of Discovery’s “Planet Earth,” you’ve already seen that memorable footage of Great White Sharks leaping all the way out of water to snag tasty seals.
Still, it’s one of those images that I never get tired of seeing, perhaps because I never fully recovered from my first glimpse of “Jaws” 35 years ago.
So credit Discovery with kicking off “Shark Week” on Aug. 1 via the special “Ultimate Air Jaws,” an hour about some crazy sonofabitch who travels all over the world documenting sharks leaping out of the water. This includes paddling around in a kayak with Great Whites swimming underneath him, and while I know that they’re not all that dangerous and really as friendly as a Golden Retriever, I still think the guy’s a lunatic for doing it.
Discovery has gone a long way toward proving it’s not just “The Shark Channel” anymore, in the same way History has labored to avoid being known as “the Hitler Channel.” But it’s nice to see programmers embrace their roots with their annual presentation built on the fact that sharks plus summertime still equals a great white way to scare the living shit out of us.
Bottom line is, I think this guy needs a bigger boat. And to fully appreciate “Shark Week,” you might need a bigger TV.