The Dragon Chronicles
Did you watch? Tell us what you think!

Did you watch the premiere of The Dragon Chronicles? We want to know what you think.

What was your favorite moment in the film?

Did you have a favorite myth-inspiring animal encountered on Rom’s journey?

Anything you didn’t like?

Let us know using the comment form below.

  • Erin

    Rom Whitaker is crazy! it was a very exciting and intresting episode. my favorite were the Komodo dragons. I had no idea that bacteria from their saliva could make their bite so lethal!

  • Kat

    I REALLY enjoyed this as I’ve always believed that there was some basis for all the various mythical creatures & have always enjoyed creating my own theories behind dragons.

    To have it styled the way it was, where it showed some of the old drawings, etc. for each type of dragon and then to show what he’s found to be the modern day version of it was really quite amazing.

    Brought up some good points and insights. After all, who said anything was really described ‘as scale” (to actual size) back in folklore? No one.

    I hope to re-watch it because I’d like to see the part about the Olm again as that’s the part I came in on during the episode. But, I enjoyed all of it.

    However, I think my favorite part was the flying dragons.

  • Reggie

    Great program. I never have heard of the Olm. Facinating stuff.

  • Lynn

    Very disappointing! This was neither a cross-cultural exploration of why dragon myths are so pervasive nor a solid, biology-based program on the fascinating world of reptiles. (Your attached article on Komodo dragon physiology is excellent and would be a GREAT jumping off point for a Nature program on Komodos.) I have heard lately from folks that they’ve given up on Nature because it has become less science oriented and too much golly-gee-whiz-now-there’s-a-weird-creature…and unfortunately, I’d have to say that this episode is a good (bad) example.

  • Andy

    Great video of dragons, unfortunately Rom seems to be a few years behind the times testing the saliva hypothesis given that monitors are now known to belong to the well-documented ‘venom clade’ of reptiles (Fry et al. Nature, 2004). The bit where he plated out the various salivas was quite a farce as he clearly doesn’t even know how to seal a plate with parafilm and then just speculated that the resulting colonies could very well be dangerous microbes. Nature used to be a real science show but not for years now.

  • Susan L. Wright

    A better comparison would have been between the saliva of another large predator such as a lion. My understanding is lion bites easily become infected for similar reasons. And yes, I knew human bites are no joke either.

  • Kim

    I’m going to use this in my biology class. It had several creatures that I had never seen before and the swabbing of the Komodo dragons mouth was phenomenal. I knew they were very contagious already but to just get the swab was fun to watch. I know my students will really enjoy seeing that. Keep up the good work.

  • Heather

    Great program. Education about any species is what an individual makes it, I found much of the program informative, engaging and interesting to watch. As a future educator to children the program caught my attention. Not knowing huge amounts of reptiles, I did know that the bacteria in the mouth was extremely dangerous – so that information seemed a bit outdated as mentioned in other comments. As far as a science show goes – I enjoyed it, I learned something about the species presented, well done.

  • sandra

    enchanting program, hope there will be a repeat

  • andrew

    GREAT!I love movies about dragons, including documentaries about the real dragons on earth.

  • Nancy

    Really fabulous episode!!! Always enjoy Rom Whitaker.

  • Millie

    I enjoyed this episode because of the unusual reptiles and documentation stories as it relates to dragons. Most amazing was the river Komodo’s ability to adapt as their territory becomes metropolitan.

  • Matt

    This episode was so awesome! That’s all I can say.

  • Paul Sayre

    …absolutely terrific. NATURE is simply the best show ever. Thank you!

  • Jon

    A truly brilliant show… but little doeth they know, there is far more to this world than most humanity will dare consider – but you might want to wake up and indeed consider, to be fully aware of some rather important information that has been intentionally hidden. One might question the origins of the quote “be wise as a serpent, yet harmless like a dove,” or “here there be dragons” or why was Jim Morrison also known as the “Lizard King”. I suggest everyone read the article from Fate Magazine, “The Reptilians: Humanity’s Historical Link to the Serpent Race” FATE Magazine, June 1996. by Joe Lewels, Ph.D. and go from there.

  • Rytch Yunder

    Great stuff for kids. A lot of fun to watch. I wish y’all would please do one on the alligator gar. There being hunted to extinction and they’re WAY cooler than a Komodo dragon!

  • Alisha

    This is a great program – really informative, entertaining, and interesting. I loved every minute. It’s shows like this that make me love PBS and NATURE. thank you thank you thank you

  • Sujay Anand

    I love watching “Nature” shows. True, some of the hypotheses(not the scientific ones) presented in the show are very speculative and rife with good imagination. Nevertheless that does not make them any less interesting. By the way, what is the name of the chant that plays in the background when Rom fades out of Hereford?

  • John Michael

    This explains everything. It is the most concise documentary I’ve ever seen concerning the origins of ‘dragon’ accounts lost in myth. It makes a lot of sense.

  • Josh

    Good show but it dose not compare to the classic nature episodes. I love nature but I do have to agree that the show has become geared toward a younger audience.

  • Gerry

    A very nice overview – certainly geared for younger audiences, but offering a fair amount of information none the less. Without question, the concept of “dragon” engenders different images and attributes to different individuals and cultures, but I rather thought there might have been a bit more discussion of the Western vs. Eastern dragon-ology, as it were.

    Surely Mr. Whitaker and those he worked with on this presentation are to be commended for their time and great talents, and their ability to take a very visual and hands-on approach to sharing some of the remarkable scientific information contained in this video presentation. A 5 star effort!

  • lisa

    i love dragons dont dismiss their exsitance yet every culutre and race has storys the animals that were shown arnt what they were talking about. how many animals have humans caused to go extint?

  • Alexandria

    I loved it!! I love Komodo dragons and I didnt know that females could lay eggs without mating. Of course I am only 10 and know very litle about mating. I love lizards, especially the komodo dragon. I even asked for a komodo dragon cake for my birthday. It was beautiful. My mom made it. I liked the fire breathing dragon part.

  • Ritalee Thomas

    Enjoyed the program. Very interesting, entertaining, informative. The saliva test was a bit much..not exactly a scientific procedure. Enjoyed it anyway. Thanx

  • J. Keith Doherty

    I watched the show as a huge “Nature” fan, especially of episodes with F. Murray as narrator. I was baffled in this case however at the absence of the Perseus-Andromeda myth with its ketos from the show, perhaps the most famous dragon myth from Greco-Roman antiquity. As with that of George and the other narratives that were featured, it too is located at specific geographic locales (usually Jaffa in modern Israel, the Red Sea, or in Africa) by historic writers and the dragon was similarly inspired by actual wildlife/marine life in these places.

  • K

    I just watched this with my first grader to begin a unit study on reptiles, and it was perfect. Even my 3- and 1-year olds were fascinated.. Plus what 6-year-old boy wouldn’t be amazed by spitting cobras? Rom being chased by the Komodo dragon had us all screaming and cheering. The accompanying lessons were just right for my first-grader. Thanks for a wonderful school day!

    Nature has become more widely accessible to all ages and levels, which (as a scientist and homeschooling mother) I very much appreciate. If you want more in-depth information, it’s easy to find online or at your local library. However, love of learning and of nature start early and it’s wonderful that Nature is able to get kids hooked while they’re young and have such tremendous learning capacity. We love Nature!

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