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The Open Road with Dr. Chris

The Open Road with Dr. Chris

Spring 2017 Television
Ages: 13 - 16 yrs.
Rating: TV G
Review:

Fans of Dr. Chris Pet Vet will be happy to see another program hosted by this well-known Aussie veterinarian, The Open Road with Dr. Chris, where Dr. Chris travels to remote locations to explore the animals and their habitats of these visually stunning sites.

In the series premiere, titled "Monkey Business in Borneo," Dr. Chris starts his journey by experiencing an unusual beauty treatment: He lies down in a stream and allows fish to nip at his skin, a spa treatment locals believe provides natural exfoliation and increases blood circulation. Then it's off to some blow-dart gun practice and after that he takes a river cruise to photograph wildlife, including monitor lizards, crocodiles, macaques, and pygmy elephants. Later, he visits a rehabilitation center for orphaned orangutans and animal-lovers will long to visit too and tend to these adorable creatures.

In "Aquatic Adventure," Dr. Chris foregoes the road to dive deep beneath the water off the coast of Australia to explore creatures most of us only see in photographs. He visits Fish Rock Cave, one of the largest ocean caverns in the southern hemisphere, and the spectacular underwater photography reveals glimpses of grey nurse sharks, stingrays, jellyfish, and an endless array of fish. Later, Dr. Chris races a pod of dolphins at Port Stephens, known as the dolphin capital of Australia. Then, a humpback whale puts on an acrobatic display mere yards from Dr. Chris's boat, prompting him to note the humans are no longer whale-watching; it's the whale who is human-watching.

Another episode is titled "Lava, Sand, and Snow," which sums up the round-the-globe adventure that takes Dr. Chris from the Pacific Island nation of Vanuatu to the United Arab Emirates to an Australian ski resort. In the "lava" portion of the show, he stands at the edge of a live volcano in Vanuatu, a process that involves a ceremonial performance by indigenous peoples. Later, it's all about "sand" as he crosses the desert on a camel and also tours the most expensive hotel in Abu Dhabi. Then it's time for "snow" at Australia's Mt. Baw Baw, where Dr. Chris mushes with sled dogs.

The Open Road with Dr. Chris is interesting but it tends to feel like a traveler's private diary, a bit disjointed and a little too focused on the traveler rather than the locales and the people who populate them. Still, the videography is nicely composed and the program includes simple but informative graphics, including maps, trivia quizzes, and text-on-screen boxes that relay facts about the region and wildlife.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2017 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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