The final episode of Welcome To Earth is different to the previous ones. This episode isn’t about Will Smith finding out about something, it’s about Will Smith finding out about Will Smith.
Here, he’s with Polar Explorer Dwayne Fields who turned to exploration after having a gun pulled on him, luckily it jammed, twice.
Smith tells Fields that as a kid he was the youngest in the neighbourhood and scared of everything. To add to that he was also regularly bullied, but he always wanted to be an explorer.
Fields takes Smith onto a glacier in Iceland. It looks like the glacier that they filmed Prometheus on, but I don’t know if that’s true or not.
Anyway, Fields job is to push Smith outside his comfort zone, and Smith’s job is to let him. Which he does, although you can see the fear on his face as he, once again, iterates he doesn’t like water.
Despite this, he kayaks down some whitewater, rappels into the glacier alongside Fields. Though the crevice is so deep, they don’t have enough rope to make it to the bottom and besides, they can’t actually see the bottom anyway.
They are looking for clues, how to get off the glacier and find civilization. This leads to Lencois Maranhenses, Brazil, and the fishermen of the desert.
They need to look for clues in order to find the water and they do this by following the Armoured Catfish, a fish that can survive on land as well as water.
We also get to see Diva Amon freedive with thousands of Manta Ray’s, huge Ray’s, all at Baa Atoll in the Maldives. Get too close and they’ll hit you, as she finds out the hard way.
This is about conquering your fears, something Will needs to do to get over his fear of the water, or his general fears of the great outdoors.
Eventually, Will makes it to the sea with Dwayne and the two reminisce on their journey, Will seems to say he’ll do more, whether he will, I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Welcome To Earth has been a great mini-series. The cinematography is simply stunning throughout, from the aerial shots to the underwater and everything in between. The colours pop and Mother Nature shows her glory for all to see.
Meanwhile, not to be pushed to the back, Daniel Pemberton has created a sound track to be proud of. It’s new and modern, not the light and airy sounds you get on an Attenborough documentary for example.
Pemberton ramps things up with industrial sounds, as well as tribal sounds, even throwing voices too. It’s truly amazing and deserves to be heard on a good setup.
Welcome To Earth Will Smith, we hope you like it, we hope you can save it.
8th December 2021
THE QUICK SELL
For Will’s final journey, an ultimate challenge. He and polar explorer Dwayne Fields are dropped by helicopter in the middle of an Icelandic glacier. Will’s mission is to draw on everything he’s learned from the five previous expeditions.
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