Re: More travelogue than science
But this is how television is made. With a political story a news program will fairly needlessly send a reporter to stand outside a building where something happened: nothing that couldn't be conveyed by same reporting in studio. It's the background that matters, in that it's an attempt to make it interesting visually.
With Wonders... and now Human Planet same thing applies. Could you everything with a blackboard and chalk but it's television first, education second.
And, to be fair, to an extent the science literate aren't really the audience. This is, trying to, popularise science. It's trying to make "Cosmo" now, and that means with today's TV techniques.
That's not to suggest I think they're beyond criticism: I'd like more detail and an equation or two...