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Space, BBC (2001)
Space is a visually impressive six-part popular science series from the BBC that follows their runaway successes Walking with Dinosaurs and The Planets into the realm of lavish computer animation. In a stroke of inspired casting Jurassic Park's Sam Neill (no stranger to acting alongside CGI effects) is our earthbound anchor, and he takes the viewer on journeys across the universe in each half-hour segment, thanks to some nifty special effects. Like Carl Sagan's pioneering Cosmos from 1980, Space delves in to the mysteries of how stars and planets were created; but unlike Sagan's visionary and optimistic view of cosmic wonders, Space is astronomy for the Age of Anxiety, revealing with terrifying clarity and in graphic detail how fortunate we are to exist at all, and how it could all end at any moment as a result of space-bound monsters like rogue comets and asteroids that might crash into our planet; or, the worst horror of the universe, wandering black holes that could tear our sun apart. Even if we survive these implacable cosmic forces bent on our destruction, viewers will not be reassured to be told that the sun is doomed anyway, and its inevitable death will swallow our planet whole (but not before burning it to a crisp first). Finally, the series finds cause for faint optimism with Star Trek-style speculations on the development of Ion-drive and solar-powered spaceships, terraforming new worlds and wormhole technology that might, just might, allow humanity to escape from a doomed Earth and seek refuge somewhere else in the galaxy. A series that sheds light on both the secrets of the universe and, implicitly, the anxious state of our new millennial society, Space is a compelling combination of popular astronomy and really, really scary cosmology. The handsomely illustrated companion book is lucidly written by astronomer John Gribbin.[/quote]
Episode 1- ‘Star Stuff’
Actor Sam Neill embarks on a journey of discovery through the universe, beginning by speculating on hos it began and exploring the concept that all life forms on Earth are a product of a large hydrogen cloud created in outer space. How the Universe was made, from the Big Bang to the human body. How did the Big Bang happen? Why is my body made of star stuff? Was life carried to earth by comets?
Episode 2 – ‘Staying Alive’
Sam Neill learns that, far from being empty, space positively teems with cosmic debris and threats to all life on Earth : from super-dense black holes to runaway comets.
Episode 3 - ‘Black Holes’
Sam Neill offers an insight into the hypothetical phenomenon of black holes, collapsed stars no larger than a pea, exerting a gravitational field so powerful that nothing can escape… not even light.
Episode 4 – ‘Are We Alone?’
We embark on an awe-inspiring journey to explore the possibilities of the existence of alien life. Sam takes a trip through the oceans of an alien moon and strange worlds that could one day be encountered, discovering that people may find they are not alone.
Episode 5 – ‘New Worlds’
Exploring the possibilities for the human race when Earth becomes uninhabitable. Scientists are already making plans to make Mars habitable, while others believe that one day life will continue under the alien oceans of one of Jupiter's moons
Episode 6 – ‘Boldly Go’
An awe-inspiring journey to discover whether humans will ever travel to distant stars, exploring concepts such as spacecraft that use sails to harness sunlight and the possibility of travelling great distances through cosmic wormholes.
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