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It saw iguana after iguana chased down and asphyxiated by wily racer snakes as they attempted to make their way to the sea, leaving just one left to poke its eyes above ground and survey the devastation like a shellshocked soldier.
The little iguana eventually made a break for it, darting away from the predators like Matt Damon or possibly notoriously cinematic sprinter Tom Cruise.
Heartbreakingly, he looks to be beaten at one point - trapped in a snakes coils - only to give it the slip and escape up a nearby rock.
I asked Matthew Meech, who edited episode one, if he took any cues from cinema for the scene.
"I'm a bit of a movie fanatic so I kind of pick things up from all over the place - big Hitchcock fan, Christopher Nolan, Scorsese Spielberg etc," he said.
"But cutting wildlife films are like cutting silent movies, it's all about action/reaction. Also timing, be it for comedy or thrills. The narration can provide some of this, but you don't want to make the pictures just wallpaper for the commentary. The shots need to speak for themselves.
"I really like to find a genre that fits with a sequence if I can, as it's a subliminal way to ease people into a new story. On Africa (another Attenborough BBC documentary) I cut a sequence with fighting giraffes in the style of a Western, in The Hunt we did a wild dog hunt like a car chase in a Bourne film."