A guided tour of the galaxy,
This review is from: Space [DVD] (DVD)
I was very impressed with this series, and was surprised to find that a good number of people didn't like it. There are six episodes: Star Stuff, Staying Alive, Black Holes, Are We Alone, New Worlds, and Boldly Go. I found all of them to be very informative, and I saw things a bit differently after watching, despite being an amateur astronomer myself. If you have a deep knowledge and interest in astronomy, then you will probably not find much that is new here, but I would certainly say that it is worth watching.
"Star Stuff" deals with early star formation and discusses the basics of the fusion process that takes place. "Staying Alive" is an analysis of the potential threats to Earth, such as meteorites etc. "Black Holes" covers the annals of the hunt for these elusive objects, and the latest understanding of them. "Are We Alone" follows the search for extra terrestrial life, and shows the current efforts being made to make contact (this was probably my favourite episode). "New Worlds" is about the potential new habitats that could be sought by humanity, should the time come when Earth becomes uninhabitable. And "Boldly Go" features theorised methods of propulsion that may one day take humans to the stars.
Some critics have said that there is no real science here, but of course there is; it just needs to be remembered that this series was not made for scientists, it was made for the general public who don't really know anything about astronomy.
The graphics and imagery are excellent, and I often thought the sounds in the series offer a little bit of evening escapism. Sam Neill is a great presenter and is easy to listen to when dealing with complex subjects such as this. It's a great series and I highly recommended it, in spite of it being ten years old now.