Last night, they tried to turn conservation into a Japanese game show, with a ‘documentary’ about a scientist being swallowed alive…for Science!. I didn’t watch it — I was grading papers, as I will be doing 25 hours a day for the next two weeks, I think — but the reviews are scathing.
One other thing I’d like to complain about: stop complaining that it was a bait-and-switch, because the snake didn’t actually swallow the person — he backed out after the poor reluctant animal was force-fed part of his arm. That’s the good thing. If the snake had actually swallowed him, it probably would have done harm to the animal, and the so-called experiment actually had no scientific value anyway.
Maybe next year, the Discovery Channel will, in desperation, publicly eviscerate all of their executives — LIVE! ON TV! — and use their guts to chum the waters during Shark Week. It’s the natural conclusion of this trend, one can hope.