14 September 2020 | TheLittleSongbird
There are some very interesting topics covered in 'Spy in the Wild'. We have love, we have intelligence, we have friendship, we have the lengths the animals would go causing mischief. We also have fascinating situations in the second season, that unlike the first season don't focus as much on a specific topic, to name a few we have animal testing of intelligence, we have glimpses of animals' ways of unwinding, we have how they raise the young and we have searches for partners.
All interesting to watch. "Mischief", as of now titled "Bad Behaviour" (actually a more appropriate title) here, is the episode where we see the animals causing mischief and their methods of bad behaviour. Some not ever encountered before and certainly not in this intimate a way, which is a big part of 'Spy in the Wild's' appeal. It is another great episode and not just a contender for the best episode of Season 1 (loved all four, excluding the behind the scenes for now, equally though) but also one of the best of the whole series.
"Mischief" is playfully and charmingly scored, which does help in getting a wide audience of children and adults alike, without being too simplistic. It doesn't feel tonally at odds either. The narration writing entertains, with some charmingly amusing moments, and educates without any preaching. Delivered once again with enthusiasm and sincerity.
It was very interesting to see how the various animals behaved badly and got into mischief and the lengths they would go. There was some nice tension, such as in the frigite bird sequence. There are also some very funny moments, especially that with the lemur which was just priceless and the funniest part of the whole series in my view. There are parts too that are easy to relate to when animals are in human situations, such as with the chimpanzees.
While the tropicbird spy looks a bit on the cheap and obvious side, the scenery is enchanting and at times unforgiving, especially with the adelie penguins, and the camerawork throughout is excellent and at times quite clever, particularly during the aerial attack.
Overall, a great way to end (as said am excluding for now the behind the scenes episode which is fascinating but like a separate documentary in my view) a great first season. 9/10