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Join Jurassic Parks Sam Neill on an awe-inspiring virtual journey that explores the wonders and terrors of the universe. Experience the beautiful, astonishing and often dangerous phenomena of the universe as state-of-the-art computer graphics take you from the vast clouds where stars are born to the edge of a planet-guzzling black hole.
If the scholarly tone and historical depth of Cosmos made that science miniseries akin to National Geographic magazine, then Hyperspace is like the National Enquirer. Each episode centers around a dramatic question (Will asteroids destroy the Earth? Could a black hole suck up our sun?) that is examined with slick computer-generated eye candy but fairly shallow content--for example, one episode argues that human beings need to colonize other planets because the sun will one day expand and burn the Earth to a cinder, but never mentions that the expansion of the sun won't happen for millions of years. Still, Hyperspace does present a variety of exciting ideas and may prompt viewers to learn more. The graphics are beautiful, host Sam Neill projects an engaging intelligence, and you have to love a television show that treats scientists like rock stars. Young science fiction fans will enjoy it enormously. --Bret FetzerSee all Editorial Reviews
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The idea that the material that gave rise to life on Earth came from outer space is an ovrwhelmingly mind-boggling idea, but definitely not something to ever rule out. Humanity definitely has to be aware of the dangers out there in space, be it from comets, asteroids, and even black holes. It definitely makes the viewer realize that the Earth is really in a very hostile environment, and how lucky we as human beings really are to be here. The question of whether or not we are alone is a topic that has intrigued humanity for as long has it has existed, and never fails to cater to extended discussion. Most importantly, is the fact that our planet will not last forever. Eventually, we as human beings have to consider to challenge of seeking out new homes in space if we are to have a long-term future, but to do that, we still have to overcome the obstacle of vast distances in interstellar space travel.
These are the topics discussed with this superb documentary, hosted by the legendary Sam Neill. Since this documentary is about a decade old, it may be a bit outdated, but it is still very interesting and eye-opening for anyone that has what might be called an open mind.
Its this balance of educating and entertaining that really separates BBC's Space from other astronomy documentaries like Steven Hawking's Universe. Sam Neil does a fantastic job presenting the material and the computer generated graphics are outstanding. These two things combine into a one two punch that very few space documentaries can match. With that being said, this series does have some flaws. One of the more prominent flaws is that there is an overabundance of speculation and not enough fact. Of course, you cant really cover these topics without some level of speculation. We wouldn't be where we are today in the field of astronomy without speculation. This series just tends to go a bit far in this regards. All in all its a minor problem and its easily overlooked.
The best way to describe this series is to say that it takes some of the more exciting and relevant astronomical subjects (such as life in space, meteorites, black holes, and what will eventually happen to the earth) and presents them in a fun and entertaining way. The visual effects play a significant role in this regard and they are nothing short of stunning. In fact, they are easily some of the best effects ever produced for an astronomy documentary and they are presented in an extremely unique way. Its kind of difficult to properly explain but what you ultimately wind up with is a large holographic type image that Sam Neil can interact with. Its really one of the more unique and creative aspects to this series and it really makes the subject matter that much easier to comprehend. I keep hoping that Carl Sagan's Cosmos will be given a hi-def facelift with visual effects of this magnitude.
As a testament to this series, my 12 year old nephew sat through this entire series completely mesmerized by the content and he even commented how much he enjoyed it. Thats pretty impressive considering he isn't really into astronomy. He didn't make it past the first episodes of Steven Hawking's Universe. The entertainment factor is ultimately where this series excels above the others astronomy documentaries on them market. Its capable of educating and entertaining people of all ages, regardless of their level of knowledge on this subject matter. In regards to viewers like my nephew, this is easily one of the best astronomy documentaries on the market. It may not be the most informing documentary but its certainly one of the most entertaining and for people that only have a slight interest in such subjects....well, that is really one of the most important aspects as it keeps them watching. A documentary can have all the information in the world but that really doesn't do much good if the viewer is too bored to continue watching it. Again, its all about the balance between entertaining and informing and Hyperspace strikes that balance perfectly.
Bottom line - This is certainly not the richest or the most educational astronomy series on the market and it does have its fair share of flaws. Fortunately its so well done and so entertaining that the flaws are quickly forgotten. Ultimately I think this series is exactly what the BBC wanted it to be, a fresh and entertaining look into some of the more common and relevant astronomical subjects facing us today. Sam Niel's presentation was absolutely spot on. He appears legitimately fascinated in the subject matter being presented. I highly recommend this for anyone who is even remotely interested in the Cosmos!!!
5 Stars and then some!
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