YMMV: Planet Dinosaur

  • Crowning Moment of Awesome:
    • The Nothronychus easily defeating a gang of tyrannosaurs in "The Great Survivors".
    • Gigantoraptor going Papa Wolf on a group of predators that want to steal his eggs and managing to drive all of them away. He still dies, but it's still pretty impressive.
    • Spinosaurus vs. Carcharodontosaurus. The two largest flesh-eating dinosaurs going head to head with each other.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The Launch Trailer has this in spades. Not surprising, considering that the music used is by Two Steps from Hell.
    • The trailer released by Jellyfish Pictures would count too.
  • Narm: Seeing The Far Side cartoon where the word "thagomizer" comes from before seeing the show does undercut the drama a bit.
  • Nightmare Fuel: There's something rather chilling about pterosaurs hunting baby sauropods, which is ramped up via a tense, horror-film style score whilst the Hatzegopteryx are on-screen. It is worse in Real Life, because it turned out Hatzegopteryx wasn't limited to babies and if fact specialized in big game (if it was alive today cows would be on the menu), because it had a much more beefy frame than was depicted.
    • The fish that the Spinosaurus eats? It's a 26 foot long shark (at least sensu lato). Gives you a good sense of how big and terrifying Spinosaurus is...
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The death of the Spinosaurus.
    • The ending of the Gigantoraptor's story.
    • The extinction. We knew it was going to happen, but the way it was done was brutal. Instead of showing the actual event, like most documentaries do, it depicts the aftermath, specifically, four months later on Hateg Island. The plants have died from lack of sunlight. Herbivores like Magyarosaurus have all starved to death. Hatzegopteryx, once a feared and mighty predator, is reduced to desperately scrounging for carrion. The Bradyceme is driven away by the massive pterosaurs everytime it tries to claim a carcass, and eventually only manages to get by on snatching up a tiny lizard. Through it all, the narrator somberly notes that none of these survivors will make it. Eventually their remaining food sources will run out and they will all die.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Oh, it hits this show hard. Many people just can't let go of Walking with Dinosaurs, and criticize Planet Dinosaur for everything it does differently, both science-wise and graphics-wise. But they almost always ignore two very important things: PD, unlike its granddaddy, actually explains stuff on-screen, and the CGI in WWD really doesn't hold up that well upon closer inspection. The Nostalgia Filter lingers here. Being aired (albeit in the UK instead of the US, but the Internet nullifies that somewhat) just after Dinosaur Revolution (which had some very good CGI and some of the most accurate dinosaur restorations ever on TV) probably didn't help either, even though the styles of the two shows are actually very different.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Yeah, yeah, this is taken for granted most of the time, but it still applies pretty spectacularly to this show
    • Special Effect Failure: But while the graphics are mostly a delight to look at, some of the backgrounds are too obviously CGI (even when the creators' intention of creating slightly fantasy-esque, moody backdrops is taken into account), and the jerky and stiff animation lends no credibility to the animals as massive, multi-ton beasts.
      • Interestingly, by far the most common complaint leveled against the program is that "the CGI sucks". Many people compare the effects unfavorably to those of WWD, despite that the latter show used real-life backdrops, so it's only natural that it would have also looked more realistic. Again, the faulty animation and some bizarre directing choices (there was no need to Undercrank all those scenes or keep the camera shaking) has a lot to do with this, but the CGI animal models are, from a technical standpoint, infinitely superior to WWD's. See Tough Act to Follow above.