Lydon's Megabugs (Green Umbrella GUDVD5479)
1. Spiders / Mosquitoes / Scorpions / Bees / Leeches 117 minutes
2. Termites / Cockroaches / Flies / Ants / Wasps 117 minutes
is a great value double DVD set, superbly packaged in a slip case with a holographic
cover: watch John change into a bug before your very eyes.
ten episodes of the Discovery Channel series are included, a whopping 3 hours
and 54 minutes' viewing time. John tackles the various bugs he encounters in the
USA with relish, and he's not afraid to subject himself to the horrors of being
stung, eaten, and sucked to illustrate the nature of the nasties on show, if only
to make the point that they are not all that nasty after all, just misunderstood.
also treads an unorthodox path through the subject. He tackles issues such as
urbanisation which threatens the tarantula in the desert outside of Phoenix, and
the subject of alternative medicine with bees being used to treat an MS sufferer,
("does your doctor know about this?" John enquires). John goes in search
of scorpions under the cover of darkness ("they glow in the dark"),
and visits the swamps of Louisiana to get chewed by the leeches. Mosquitoes, "the
most dangerous animals on the planet" is a fascinating episode as we get
to learn the full life cycle of the deadly bug, coupled with John subjecting himself
to 14 minutes unprotected inside a mosquitoe tent, (previous record 3 minutes)!
You can feel his pain!
Amercian deep south is home to many of the nasties, and the woods outside New
Orleans provide the backdrop for John's exposure to termites, a species that not
only weighs more than the human race but prove to be environmental heroes! Cockroaches,"the
ultimate recyclers", love the dark, and therefore John heads down sewage
pipes. As for flies, it's a story of filth and sex tourists: keep an eye out for
maggots on the move. John climbs into a freshly excavated pit to see a colony
of ants at work, and then goes out at night to see leaf cutter ants doing just
that; cutting leaves and taking them back to their colony to produce fungus. Johnny
dons a protective suit and tackles a vicious looking wasps nest in the final episode,
and finds himself a queen bee. A strength of the series is the quality of the
close-ups, the jellow jacket bees proving specatular. As per the theme of the
series, the megabugs have a positive side, with wasps proving their worth in preserving
shows that even the most fearsome megabugs have a purpose and a right to exist,
although extermination where appropriate is welcolmed by John, such as an horrendous
cockroach infestation. The series carries a pro-environmental and pro-nature message,
but crucially it's delivered in an entertaining way. It reminded me of the Horrible
Histories range of books which seek to educate by entertainment. John and the
Discovery Channel pull off a similar feat for a more mature audience with Megabugs,
and that is quite some achievement.
by Phil Singleton
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