Thursday, December 29, 2011

Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking 2010 TV-PG 1st of 3 Episodes

Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking 2010 TV-PG ALIENS: 1st of 3 Episodes
Celebrated theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking takes viewers on a captivating guided tour of the universe, explaining its origins and mysteries using straightforward language and state-of-the-art computer animation.

Each episode being about 43 minutes long, the 1st of 3 covered Alien life in our universe & beyond, in a fairly simplified & straight forward way anyone can understand. Some viewers criticized this for being TOO simplified, however to reach the largest amount of people with a common interest, I believe they did an excellent job. The CGI graphics are phenomenal, immense amounts of information with extremely complex ideas are explained in layman's terms, making the grasp of astronomical amounts of info & content spoon fed easy to understand. Produced in such a way that the viewer is glued to the visuals, not aware of time passing. An amazing series I am looking for ward to exploring in full.

This episode explores all the options the human mind can conceive for alien life forms whether carbon based or nitrogen or gas based, goes into details of evolution and assumes a similar path for life elsewhere. But then it gets interesting in imagining life forms we CAN'T truly conceive of, except Hawking does so in credible ways with very realistic graphics of possible species.

The annoying bits:
* Hawking's voice is computerized, and the focus on his eyeball(s) was unnecessary, also an explanation about his condition might be warranted because I found myself distracted wondering about HIS story as well.
* The obvious made-for-TV feel because of the commercial breaks and continuous back and forth between the end commercial lead in back to the show; that needs to be edited out to end up with probably about 30-38 minutes of actual content.

That's it so far, definitely recommend viewing, and great for all ages! More to come as I finish the series over the next week (time off for filming, NYE & related nightly work).

1 comment:

  1. I wanted to add that I know who Hawking is, have numerous books by him, but have not studied him personally & wasn't aware of his condition, so now I'll have to research that for my own interest as well. :)