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The Universe: Season 4: Episode 2 -- Without the moon, Earth would be a very different and desolate place today--four hours of sunlight with pitch-black nights, steady 100-mph winds spawning giant hurricanes that last for months, and virtually no complex life forms, much less humans.
The Universe: Season 3: Episode 9 -- Could we be unique in the universe or is there another planet similar to earth somewhere in the cosmos? Is it possible that Alpha Centauri, our nearest star, is home to another earth-like planet?
The Universe: Season 3: Episode 7 -- When mankind eventually leaves the cradle of Earth and ventures forth into the uncharted territories of the cosmos, where, and what form, will our new homes take?
The Universe: Season 3: Episode 3 -- According to the laws of physics we can never travel faster than the speed of light...or can we? Light speed allows us to see things instantly here on Earth, and shows us the entire history of the universe going back nearly 14 billion years.
The Universe: Season 3: Episode 5 -- They soar through the heavens, fly through the oceans and glide along land. But these are not creatures found on a wildlife safari. These are life forms from another planet.

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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 / ... (50 episodes, 2007-2011)
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Series Directed by
Laura Verklan (9 episodes, 2007-2012)
Colin Campbell (4 episodes, 2007-2012)
Tony Long (3 episodes, 2007)
Douglas Cohen (2 episodes, 2007)
Amy Huggins (2 episodes, 2007)
Andrew Nock (2 episodes, 2007)
Robert Beemer (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Darryl Rehr (2 episodes, 2009)
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 (23 episodes, 2007-2010)
Louis Tarantino .... executive producer (22 episodes, 2007-2010)
Brittany Graham .... producer / co-producer (15 episodes, 2007-2010)
Sam Dolan .... producer (10 episodes, 2007-2010)
Sven Berkemeier .... producer (9 episodes, 2008-2012)
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)
Vincent Lopez .... producer (5 episodes, 2008-2010)
Mindy Pomper Johnson .... associate producer (4 episodes, 2009-2012)
Michael Schachtner .... associate producer (4 episodes, 2009)
Beth Dietrich .... executive producer: The History Channel / executive producer (3 episodes, 2007)
Rebecca Graham .... producer (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Amy Huggins .... producer (2 episodes, 2007)
Tony Long .... producer (2 episodes, 2007)
Andrew Nock .... producer (2 episodes, 2007)
Ryan T. Hurst .... associate producer (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
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 (14 episodes, 2008-2012)
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
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)
John R. McConnell .... visual effects department supervisor / lead compositor / ... (10 episodes, 2007-2011)
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)
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)
 
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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27 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Popular science often leaning more towards fiction than facts., 14 August 2009
Author: Jean-Louis van Halderen from Amsterdam

This series started out quite nice. It starts with a tour of our own solar system of which we have a learned a lot in the last years. For those people who have a passion for astronomy/cosmology, not a lot of new information is presented. However, the manner in which they present it is refreshing and also entertaining.

The problem however starts in season 2. As the 'known' subjects have been discussed in the first season, the second season struggles in finding educational scientific materials. Instead they start leaning towards fiction and speculation more and more. Subjects as 'Sex in space', 'Alien faces' that contain no educational information at all. These episodes felt to me like a poor attempt to put nowadays teenagers drama and fantasy into a scientific perspective just to get a higher audience, an audience who will never comprehend the actual real science behind studies like these.

The scientific community has made it a point on their agenda to make science, in particular astronomy, cosmology and theoretical science more accessible to the general public. An action I totally support. However, showing nice CGI's, some enthusiastic scientists that seem to care more about their own popularity then real science, in this case, gives a wrong idea about what we actually do and do not know.

The show contains a lot of solid information but also a lot of speculations and should not be presented as fact or as general accepted theories.

For those people who are interested in the science part, I would recommend watching "National Geographic's Journey to the Edge of the Universe". A stunning documentary also with mind blowing CGI's and very understandable for any person.

Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1363109/

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