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Black Hole Apocalypse 

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Astrophysicist Janna Levin explores black hole science.


Rushmore DeNooyer





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Janna Levin Janna Levin ... Self - Narrator (voice)
Rainer Weiss Rainer Weiss ... Self - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Eilat Glikman Eilat Glikman ... Self - Middlebury College
Peter Galison Peter Galison ... Self - Harvard University
Neil deGrasse Tyson ... Self - American Museum of Natural History
Priyamvada Natarajan Priyamvada Natarajan ... Self - Yale University
Feryal Ozel Feryal Ozel ... Self - University of Arizona
Marcia Bartusiak Marcia Bartusiak ... Self - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Andrea Ghez Andrea Ghez ... Self - University of California, Los Angeles, Galactic Center Group
David Reitze David Reitze ... Self - Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory
Kip Thorne ... Self - California Institute of Technology
Shep Doeleman Shep Doeleman ... Self - Director, Event Horizon Telescope
Nia-Imara Barberousse Nia-Imara Barberousse ... Self - Harvard University
Paul Murdin Paul Murdin ... Self - Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Mark J. Reid Mark J. Reid ... Self - Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics


Astrophysicist Janna Levin explores black hole science.

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Terrible narration, ok information
22 September 2019 | by boonexySee all my reviews

This is a fun documentary in terms of the content,. but the narrator they chose is extremely unnatural and her voice alone begins to wear on you very fast. It is too high, and she seems very uncomfortable reading her lines. It sounds as if shes almost on the verge of yelling the entire time and her voice is mixed way, way too high.

Her skits between information are entirely too long and she herself does a terrible job of explaining what they are demonstrating. It's actually the opposite of what you would think, it becomes insulting on some level because they try to basically explain these concepts that scientists who are interviewed have already done a great job explaining. The skits read like a children's book on "How sSace Stuff Werks!" or something similar.

Overall it's a great subject but this woman should never narrate anything. The length is drawn out as well and concepts are reiterated over and over. I got through it eventually but for a professional program about science I have never had such a hard time with the presenter/narrator. I would avoid this documentary and find one with less/better narration, and to PBS, choose your narrators based on their narration, not on whatever criteria you had that fit this woman. We don't even really need a narrator, the actual scientist interviews are way too sparse.

On a frivolous note the narrator seems to be keenly aware of her physical appearance, they go out of their way to show profile shots of her wearing high heels and yoga-pants type outfits, and show profiles of her walking and it comes off as very bizarre.

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