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Blue Planet II by Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea & David Fleming (Review)

posted Oct 30, 2017, 9:15 AM by Kaya Savas

When the musical duties for Planet Earth II fell on the laps of Jacob Shea and Jasha Klebe through Bleeding Fingers Music, we were treated to some of the most gorgeous and emotionally fueled nature documentary scoring in the history of the genre. Hans Zimmer’s powerful theme provided an anchor point for the score to grow, and Jacob and Jasha then brought different corners of the earth to life musically. It was beautiful, it was staggering, it was brilliant and so very emotional. It was a wonderful example of image and sound working together.

With Blue Planet II you immediately feel all of what made Planet Earth II so great, but something definitely feels different. Rather than exploring corners of the Earth and finding individual moments, we rather feel that here everything is connected in a strong powerful way. Blue Planet II finds a central emotional narrative as the series explores the shallows and depths. In many ways it feels like a traditional narrative film score rather looking into different windows to see a new scene with each glance. And while the series will explore different areas of our natural aquatic world, Blue Planet II seems to have this deep old soul shining at the heart of it all.

The score is so immense, it’s so full of life and wonder yet so beautifully delicate at times. Water feels like the main character in this score, and not just say a glass of water but more like every body of water on the planet. That is what the music is carrying. As we explore the life existing in the water, we discover these flourishes and moments of raw beauty or intensity. The music moves like water too, it feels lush and carries weight but is very nimble. There are still moments where a certain animal will get its own unique motif to make it standout, but overall this musical body feels more like a single piece of fabric rather than a quilt made up of individual squares. The series is also another perfect example of the power of music and image working together.

Overall, Blue Planet II accomplishes another amazing feat of bringing the natural world to vivid life. The music is just as lush and awe-inspiring as the visuals that the BBC Earth team was able to capture. Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea and David Fleming were able to weave a beautiful score that was filled with beauty, energy, danger and awe. The music is so full of life, and it flows very much like water for a single narrative feel rather than a sequence of moments. Blue Planet II is some of the finest nature documentary scoring you’ll find.