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It's good and bad if slightly confused and depressing

Having seen this recently on Netflix I come away with mixed emotions. The positive parts are the environmental message which is more of a slight nudge IMO rather than coming off overly preachy. Still I think this part of the documentary could've done well with more solutions proposed by Copeland and perhaps a deeper exploration of the problems contributing to the melting polar ice. Secondly I would have liked to have seen both men use more sustainable products rather than the name brand items featured.
I feel that the purpose of the documentary maybe tried to do too much, as it lacked any real history of Peary's expedition, instead only glossing over it once or twice. Some deeper explanation and background would have added better information.
Something I felt odd in this was that the film makers did not ID any of the support staff, nor the people they met. Not even subtitles were provided for those who spoke in other languages.
The soundtrack was both good and bad. Some great instrumental guitar similar to Chaz Jankel's work on K2, but some very annoying world music as well.
The whole film I kept wondering what kind of support team the men had in place and if rescue from their locations was possible, especially after I saw them falling over their skis a few times. What would happen if they injured themselves pulling those sledges or twisted an ankle and couldn't proceed?
Another thing I felt just in terms of gear was why neither men used crampons? There were many scenes and terrains where crampons would have been the far superior choice to skis and probably would have reduced the strain over rugged terrain and chance of falling on skis.
Finally, I really wish that Copeland would have found a better narrator. He must be a better public speaker because his narration was flat, dull, boring and he seemed to lack a sense of excitement for what he was doing. His monologue made me want to turn this off quite a few times and even his overall demeanor was flat, stoic and mostly emotionless.
For anyone who really enjoys a good adventure documentary you should check out Tim Jarvis' PBS production of Chasing Shackleton on Netflix. It's a documentary done right and leaves you smiling at the end.