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A series too far.
on 27 June 2010
The first two series of 'Universe' were excellent. However, it's obvious the producers were stretched to find new subjects for a third series and they really failed to achieve the earlier high standards. Few episodes of this series are based on established scientific facts and knowledge but have wandered instead into the realm of science fiction. For example, one episode concentrates on proposed conditions on exoplanets and another on what alien life forms might inhabit those worlds. The episodes are accompanied by computer-generated images of alien worlds and possible alien life forms and, although they may entertain the average 10 or 12 year-old, they lost me. Another episode deals with the needs and practical problems surrounding future sex in space, accompanied by more CG effects and sniggering commentators. That says it all really! More entertainment for the kids!
I also found the drums and bass in the background of all episodes completely unnecessary and I was often struggling to hear the narration over the beat! After struggling through the first 30 minutes of most episodes, I found myself switching them off after wondering why I was watching.
No History Channel! I'm afraid you got this wrong. I would recommend the first two series of 'Universe' (despite their background beats!) but I can't recommend this third series to anyone. It's not very good at all.