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Rana El Kaliouby,
This is a National Geographic series about everything human and our world. It's a big subject. It's too big. The show is noise and fury without enough enlightenment. There are eight episodes. Each one tackles such a big part of human existence that it can't possibly cover them in one hour episodes. The show has a cast of educated presenters and host Jason Silva. Most of it is a series of reenactments, talking heads, and always the fast-cutting flashy connective sequences.
There are some issues with accuracy. It's problematic because one expects better from National Geographic. Did we really discover fire in 12,000 BC? Despite the importance of accuracy, the biggest problem is the show's scattered disjointed way of tackling each issue. It feels like the host Jason Silva is attacking me with his wild hand gestures and words. He's looking directly into the camera and barking at me. The flashy jolting presentation doesn't allow anything to sink in. The show jumps from one place and time to another and then another and another. It's too disjointed for anything educational to sink into the audience. By the end of each episode, I could only remember bits of disconnected information which leaves me with no new insight or new understanding. Apparently, all of transportation leads to the discovery of Marilyn Monroe. I don't know why that's important. It might be worthwhile for dumb people with no concept of science or history. For an educated audience, this really only skims the vast history of man. With such a big subject matter, this show could never dig that deep.
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