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The Universe: Season 6: Episode 14 -- It may seem like seem like science fiction, but the cosmos isn't just something way out there. Many times in human history, objects or forces from space have changed the course of life on earth.

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Release Date:
29 May 2007 (USA) See more »
Plot:
This educational show explores many scientific questions and topics about the universe (Big Bang, the Sun, the planets, black holes, other galaxies, astrobiology etc.) through latest CGI, data and interviews with scientists.
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Cast

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Erik Thompson ... Narrator / ... (62 episodes, 2007-2015)
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Series Directed by
Laura Verklan (9 episodes, 2007-2012)
Colin Campbell (4 episodes, 2007-2012)
Tony Long (3 episodes, 2007)
Darryl Rehr (3 episodes, 2009-2015)
Douglas Cohen (2 episodes, 2007)
Amy Huggins (2 episodes, 2007)
Andrew Nock (2 episodes, 2007)
Robert Beemer (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Daniel Snyder (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
 
Series Writing credits
Laura Verklan (8 episodes, 2007-2012)
Gabriel Rotello (7 episodes, 2011)
Colin Campbell (4 episodes, 2007-2012)
Douglas Cohen (3 episodes, 2007-2008)
Brittany Graham (3 episodes, 2007-2008)
Tony Long (3 episodes, 2007)
Rebecca Graham (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Robert Beemer (3 episodes, 2009-2010)
Amy Huggins (2 episodes, 2007)
Andrew Nock (2 episodes, 2007)
Savas Georgalis (2 episodes, 2008-2012)
Darryl Rehr (2 episodes, 2009)
Daniel Snyder (2 episodes, 2011-2012)

Series Produced by
Carl H. Lindahl .... executive producer / executive producer: History Channel (64 episodes, 2007-2012)
Douglas Cohen .... executive producer (24 episodes, 2007-2015)
Louis Tarantino .... executive producer (23 episodes, 2007-2015)
Brittany Graham .... producer / co-producer (15 episodes, 2007-2010)
Sam Dolan .... producer / senior producer (11 episodes, 2007-2015)
Sven Berkemeier .... producer (9 episodes, 2008-2012)
Vincent Lopez .... producer (8 episodes, 2008-2015)
Melissa Tittl .... associate producer (7 episodes, 2007-2008)
Marianna Yarovskaya .... producer (6 episodes, 2007-2008)
Steffen Schlachtenhaufen .... associate producer (6 episodes, 2007)
Brian Thompson .... co-producer (6 episodes, 2007)
Mindy Pomper Johnson .... associate producer (4 episodes, 2009-2012)
Michael Schachtner .... associate producer (4 episodes, 2009)
Ryan T. Hurst .... associate producer / producer (4 episodes, 2011-2015)
Beth Dietrich .... executive producer: The History Channel / executive producer (3 episodes, 2007)
Rebecca Graham .... producer (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Lisa Sichi .... segment producer / producer (3 episodes, 2009)
Amy Huggins .... producer (2 episodes, 2007)
Tony Long .... producer (2 episodes, 2007)
Andrew Nock .... producer (2 episodes, 2007)
Arthur Maturo .... producer (2 episodes, 2009-2015)
Daniel Snyder .... producer (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
 
Series Original Music by
Eric Amdahl (41 episodes, 2007-2010)
 
Series Cinematography by
Tom Collins (8 episodes, 2007)
Chris Raymond (5 episodes, 2007-2008)
Kenneth Stipe (5 episodes, 2008-2010)
Jason Newfield (3 episodes, 2007)
Michael Mansouri (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
 
Series Film Editing by
Tom Ronca (15 episodes, 2008-2015)
Dan Wolfmeyer (9 episodes, 2009-2012)
Kevin Browne (6 episodes, 2007-2010)
Motoshi Wakabayashi (4 episodes, 2007-2008)
Takayuki Fujiwara (3 episodes, 2007)
Kyle Yaskin (3 episodes, 2007)
Conrad Stanley (3 episodes, 2008)
Gina Vecchione (2 episodes, 2007)
Jnani Butler (2 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Makeup Department
Tia Albert .... makeup artist (1 episode, 2007)
Shanna Fleishhacker .... assistant makeup artist (1 episode, 2007)
Eugene Conde .... assistant makeup artist / hair stylist (1 episode, 2010)
Lorraine Martin .... key makeup artist (1 episode, 2010)
 
Series Production Management
Alexander G. Morano .... technology production manager (15 episodes, 2008-2009)
Emily Campbell .... post-production supervisor (8 episodes, 2010-2011)
Jason Kaifesh .... post production supervisor / post-production supervisor (2 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Art Department
Ilka Rivard .... graphic producer (7 episodes, 2007)
Steffen Schlachtenhaufen .... storyboard artist (7 episodes, 2007)
Michael Schachtner .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Sound Department
Michael Phillips Keeley .... sound re-recording mixer (12 episodes, 2007-2008)
Ryan Young .... sound re-recording mixer (8 episodes, 2008-2009)
Michael Guske .... sound mixer (2 episodes, 2007)
Tim Rock .... post production audio / post-production audio (2 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Visual Effects by
John R. McConnell .... lead compositor / visual effects supervisor / ... (70 episodes, 2007-2015)
Michael Ranger .... visual effects / visual effects artist / ... (53 episodes, 2007-2011)
Michael Heinz .... cg supervisor / visual effects supervisor (38 episodes, 2007-2010)
Donna Tracy .... digital compositor: matte painter (30 episodes, 2007-2009)
Sean Kinnear .... visual effects (29 episodes, 2007-2009)
Patrick Krebs .... visual effects artist (23 episodes, 2007-2010)
Tuong-Van Tran .... cg effects artist / cg artist (23 episodes, 2009-2010)
Fred Aldeschulte .... compositor (21 episodes, 2008-2010)
Stevan Del George .... compositing supervisor (18 episodes, 2007-2008)
Lala Ghukasyan .... compositor / lead compositor and designer / ... (17 episodes, 2007-2011)
Leah S.K. Davidson .... visual effects (17 episodes, 2007-2008)
Brent Tyler .... visual effects artist / 3d supervisor (17 episodes, 2009-2011)
Alexander G. Morano .... lead render wrangler (15 episodes, 2008-2009)
Doug Witsken .... digital compositor / compositor / ... (14 episodes, 2007-2011)
Edith Clara .... visual effects artist / 3D visual effects artist (13 episodes, 2007-2011)
Adam Benson .... visual effects / 3D visual effects artist / ... (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
Mario Cardona .... visual effects / 3D visual effects artist (10 episodes, 2008-2011)
Steffen Schlachtenhaufen .... producer: vfx / cgi artist / ... (9 episodes, 2007-2011)
Christian Lowe .... visual effects artist (9 episodes, 2007)
Jason DeParis .... visual effects / modeler (9 episodes, 2008-2009)
Michael Barela .... 3D visual effects artist (6 episodes, 2007-2011)
Johanna D'Amato .... visual effects production manager (6 episodes, 2007-2011)
Ruben R. Gonzalez .... lead 3d vfx artist (6 episodes, 2007-2011)
Dean Guiliotis .... compositor (6 episodes, 2007-2011)
Richard Kratt .... compositor (6 episodes, 2007-2011)
Victor E. Perez .... i.t. manager (6 episodes, 2007-2011)
Nico Sugleris .... dynamics technical director (6 episodes, 2007-2011)
Norie Varga .... compositor (6 episodes, 2007-2011)
Keith Yakouboff .... 3D visual effects artist (6 episodes, 2007-2011)
Charles Collyer .... digital compositor (6 episodes, 2009)
David Hackett .... 3D visual effects artist (5 episodes, 2007-2011)
Juan Carlos Vargas .... 3d supervisor (5 episodes, 2007-2011)
Harry Eisenstein .... compositor (5 episodes, 2008-2010)
Philip Sisk .... digital compositor (4 episodes, 2007-2008)
Michael Leu .... CG artist (4 episodes, 2008)
Eric Reinhard .... compositor (4 episodes, 2011)
Caroline Fraissinet .... visual effects coordinator (4 episodes, 2014)
Brad Moylan .... compositor (4 episodes, 2014)
Tony Castro .... 3D visual effects artist (2 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Dan Major .... assistant camera / camera operator (6 episodes, 2007-2009)
Steffen Schlachtenhaufen .... camera operator (3 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Animation Department
Jason DeParis .... animator (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
 
Series Editorial Department
Rod Decker .... on-line editor (71 episodes, 2007-2011)
Heidi Putallaz .... post-production coordinator (46 episodes, 2008-2012)
Steve Kwant .... assistant editor (28 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jnani Butler .... assistant editor / assistant editor: Avid (12 episodes, 2008-2010)
Irit Lockspeiser .... post-production assistant (11 episodes, 2008-2009)
Lilly Posner .... first assistant editor (9 episodes, 2007-2008)
Daylin Zephier .... assistant editor (7 episodes, 2011)
Kevin Browne .... off-line editor (5 episodes, 2007)
Kyle Yaskin .... off-line editor / additional editing (4 episodes, 2007)
Regan Messenger .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 2014)
Tom Ronca .... additional editor (2 episodes, 2014)
 
Series Music Department
Eric Amdahl .... composer: main title theme / composer: theme music (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
 
Series Other crew
Joel Franklin .... production coordinator (55 episodes, 2007-2009)
Andy Kastler .... production assistant (22 episodes, 2008-2010)
Michael Schachtner .... researcher (21 episodes, 2007-2009)
Alexander G. Morano .... systems administrator (15 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jeff Larsen .... production assistant (14 episodes, 2007-2010)
John Stark .... production assistant (14 episodes, 2011-2012)
Kevin Ercoline .... production assistant (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
Patrick Johnson .... production assistant (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jared Berezin .... production assistant (12 episodes, 2011-2012)
David Michael Schulman .... production assistant (11 episodes, 2009)
David Feinsilber .... production assistant (7 episodes, 2007-2008)
Chris Morcom .... researcher / production assistant (5 episodes, 2010-2012)
Andy Schlachtenhaufen .... researcher / story editor (4 episodes, 2009-2010)
Erik Thompson .... narrator (2 episodes, 2007-2009)
Adam Rosante .... programming coordinator / programs coordinator: for The History Channel (2 episodes, 2007)
Heidi Putallaz .... vault librarian / vault manager (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Aleta Rozanski .... researcher (2 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Thanks
Douglas Bock .... the producers wish to thank (1 episode, 2007)
Annie Carone .... the producers wish to thank (1 episode, 2007)
Deborah Douglas .... the producers wish to thank (1 episode, 2007)
Mary Anne Hanson .... the producers wish to thank (1 episode, 2007)
Jill Perry' .... the producers wish to thank (1 episode, 2007)
Carolina Martinez .... the producers wish to thank (1 episode, 2007)
Jim Pence .... the producers wish to thank (1 episode, 2007)
Sarah Reed .... the producers wish to thank (1 episode, 2007)
 

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45 out of 83 people found the following review useful.
Too Sensationalist and Dumbed Down, 8 September 2009
Author: winstonsmith_84 from Oceania

This program must have been made for the Joe Bloe uneducated TV viewer. Most of the time, the information being presented is not new or interesting, and it feels as if the writers & producers of the show had to fill up a large time slot with very little source material. So what you get is a bunch of information repetitively going on and on about how "dangerous" gamma ray bursts are, or how imminent asteroid collisions are, blah blah blah. Yes, we all know about these things, but the way the program makes you sit through an hour meagerly trying to make you sit on the edge of your seat for a statistic of like 1 in a billion billion (as seen with the gamma ray bursts) that the Earth will be destroyed by some calamity. Yes, we know already! They could have been done with it in 5 minutes, but no, it's stretched to an hour long program! The sensationalism of this program is just too over-the-top, from the drawn-out "fear factor" bits, to the announcer's XTREME TRUCKS style voice. They obviously should have saved him for the Monster Truck series...

Another thing that bothered me were all the "analogies" that took away from the true dynamics of how certain things in the universe work. For example, dropping a Yogurt container to show how a death star works... or a sprinkler for showing how a spiral star is. While these are "cute" they are indeed more annoying than useful, and assumes a real lack of intelligence of the viewer. Just tell us the science behind it without treating us like 5 year olds.

It really is a shame. This program could have been so much more informative and hosted by a much better narrator (writers are to blame too, of course). There are indeed moments where I laughed out loud because of how dumb the narrator's comments were.

On the bright side, however, the computer effects were done well enough. It is an interesting subject, so that's why I gave it a 5. But all in all, terribly done for such a great topic.

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