Last Chance To See
In the 1980’s writer Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) teamed up with Mark Carwardine and together they embarked on a groundbreaking expedition, travelling the world in search of the most endangered animals. Twenty years later comedian and Twitter fanatic Stephen Fry returns with Mark to see if the same species still exist. Their journey, following in Admas’ footsteps, uncover some of the weirdest, most remarkable and most endangered creatures on earth.
Mark is the essential member of the team, having made the original journey with the late Douglas Adams, and being a serious and knowledgeable environmentalist as well as a superb animal photographer. Stephen Fry on the other hand, other that being connected through being a friend of Adams’ is really only there for the pulling effect of star power, and rick to try and get more people to watch the series.
As unsuited as Fry is to this kind of glob trotting adventure, I don’t think the producers could have found a better match for Mark Carwardine’s serious and intelligent nature. Fry who is more at home in the modern urban sprawl with his three iPhones is transformed into a blubberingly excited child when introduced to some of the fantastic yet seriously endangers species that they attempt to track down.
Fry is, however, as you may well know, a little on the chubby side, and to hear him moan and complain as them march over mountains or through dense jungle is hilarious, especially when coupled with the aforementioned child like joy of finding the creature they were hunting.
The team even make it to New Zealand in search of the Kakapo where we witness one of the funniest scenes in the series, which surpassingly has nothing to do with Fry. Rather Mark finds himself in the awkward positions of having a Kakapo hop onto the back of his heck and hump the back of his head. The facial expression on said Kakapo is priceless and indescribable. Obviously in pain but not wanting to hurt the Kakapo, Mark has to endure it until Fry realises that as funny as the scene is, he should really go to the aid of his friend who does by this stage seem to be in some degree of pain.
Not only is Last Chance To See throughly entertaining, but it is spectacularly shot, with stunning vistas and fantastic creatures all vying for screen time.
Reviewed by: Jonathan