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'Planet Earth II' is coming, right when we need it the most

'Planet Earth II' is coming, right when we need it the most
A scene from "Planet Earth," which aired on the Discovery Channel in 2006. (Discovery Channel/BBC)

After an election season that could at its most charitable be described as "divisive," the viewing public deserves — no, needs — a spiritual palate cleanser.

Enter "Planet Earth II," the sequel to the eye-poppingly gorgeous 2006 nature documentary that in its day introduced a nation to the power of Blu-Ray technology. A premiere date has yet to be announced, but the sequel will be narrated by David Attenborough and air on BBC One before, hopefully, coming these shores not long after.

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The new trailer boasts more stunning, impossibly intimate views of the animal kingdom that includes chimpanzees leaping from rooftop to rooftop as if they were in a "Bourne" sequel, a fox leaping into the snow with Olympic-class grace and what looks to be a lioness attempting to drag down a giraffe mid-stride. (And failing, at least initially. Go, giraffe.)

Given that "Planet Earth II" remains a nature documentary descended from one of the best, it will surely include plenty of narrative flourishes that introduce viewers to some delicate, near-magical wonder of our world only for it to meet some harsh end because that is Nature's Way. Or, more than likely, uncover a similarly remarkable part of the ecosystem whose very existence is under threat because of humankind's appetites and/or indifference.

However, the emotional toll of watching either should be well worth enduring for another beautifully rendered, high-definition reminder that somehow, humans haven't managed to destroy the planet's raw beauty and brilliance. Yet.

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