State-of-the art graphics, stunning images from the Hubble Space Telescope and NASA's fleet of spacecraft and the world's leading researchers seek to unravel the mysteries of the Universe: why did it begin; what was the origin of life; how will it end; can we find other lifeforms 'out there'?
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This series makes so many false assertions it cannot be recommended. This is speculative fiction, along the lines of Erich von Däniken, and should not be treated as a serious effort at science or education. In fact, it's irresponsible to present material like this as anything but speculation, as it fosters false understanding. Just in the first episode it's asserted that the meteorite Allan Hills 84001 found in Antarctica in the 90s contains evidence of life on Mars; it does not. Later it's claimed that three and a half million year old microbes were found in the Fox cave in Alaska. They were not. While the subject matter is very interesting the treatment of the subject by the producers is so bad that this series cannot be recommended, particularly as scientific education.
Reviewed in the United States on November 18, 2018
Most of the info though is still interesting. Its not updated but its not exactly that outdated. Reason being, the current space related documentaries tend to repeat alot of the same things. As its a little older series, there are a few outdated info like the amount of discoveries. (ex. When this show was created they had discovered 20 planets, immensely pre-Keplar where as now the exoplanet count is several thousands). I only wish the images were a bit more clear, its from the era of box TV's and VHS so not as crisp as we are used to now.
The first episode is a little out of this world, but the rest of the material is enjoyably presented and narrated by John Hurt. Has some insights but you’ll want to follow on with some newer docs if you’re looking for accuracy. It really makes the past 20 years seem rich in discoveries! Look how far we’ve come!
Episode 2, while interesting, seems to fudge some numbers. It talks about 9 planets in the solar system and the age of the universe is at odds with other sources. Best is the prognosis for the fate of the cosmos.