Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman [Blu-ray]
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Morgan Freeman presents a documentary which explores the mysteries of the universe. Using expert knowledge that has been developed over the years, the programme attempts to answer questions on various topics such as what existed before our universe formed and the possibility of life on other planets.
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What I like best about the series, is it uses the actual scientists who are researching the topics, to explain their work and the latest discoveries in their field. This really helps bring the subjects to life, and the scientists themselves are usually lively and interesting watch. (Not boring, dry scientists as you might expect!)
Morgan's narration is also excellent, and ties the programme together brilliantly.
Really pleased this got a European DVD release, I hope the second series does too.
The individual episodes are
Is There a Creator? - Is the universe just a coincidence or was it created by a God who looks after us?
The Riddle of Black Holes - Nothing in the universe is more powerful than black holes.
Is Time Travel Possible? - To travel through time you have to break the speed of light. Is it possible?
What Happened Before the Beginning? - This episode explores where the universe came from.
How Did We Get Here? - The creation of life and where we came from.
Are We Alone? - Are we alone in the universe or is there other life somewhere out there?
What Are We Really Made Of? - Protons, electrons and neutrons are just a small portion of what we know about the world we see.
Dark Matter: Beyond the Darkness - The exploration of dark matter.
The clarity of the blu ray compliments the substance nicely.
It describes universe, space time and even the possibility of time travel in a very easy to understand language and in that, it manages to get a wow from you more then once or twice.
the only drawback is that for some reason, the producers released 2 seasons for TV viewing but only hand picked a few episodes to put on this blu ray.
so this is for anyone from Discovery channel who may be reading this, "Get your act together and release them all... you know, the old fashion way of Season 1... Season 2..."
Intended for a general audience, they use a lot of CGI and interviews with experts in each field. Typically, each programme presents an overview of a subject and asks a lot of questions around it, then gets several researchers to outline their own theory of what might be happening. Very often, there's no clear-cut answer -- but there is an awful lot of speculation.
If you have a science background then you may get frustrated at the amount of simplification and the lack of detail explanation; segments are chopped quite short and experts rarely get to explain the nitty gritty behind the exciting soundbites. Some of the illustrations can be a bit random and not necessarily related to the subject matter.
On the other hand, Through The Wormhole is pretty accessible for anyone who bailed out of science in secondary school and doesn't know a photon from a frisbee. So they're useful infotainment if you don't know much about the subject and would like an easy to follow introduction.
One downside: the programmes originally contained ad breaks, so there's a lot of repetition in each episode, re-capping after each 'break'.
1 What Happened Before the Beginning?
We are treated to the prevailing theories including "Big Bang" with well done visuals.
2 Are We Alone?
Chances are put into prospective. And what we are doing to find them E.T. critters.
3 Is Time Travel Possible?
That all depends on if you follow Einstein's relativity theory and buy into space-time. Going back is a little tougher sale. Morgan handles it perfectly.
4 How Did We Get Here?
Chicken and the egg. Speculation on what life may be in other environments. Get out your periodic chart.
5 What Are We Really Made Of?
More great speculation. We see the collider that could have been in Texas. But in any event it is an eye opener into the quantum.
Again one of the things that made this documentary palatable was Morgan Freeman, Narrator of 11 episodes, 2010-2011. You may also recognize Paul Davies "The Big Questions" 1995 TV series documentary short.
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