While I missed the controversial episode with comments about aliens, I figured I should at least take a look at the Discovery Channel’s Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking, so I put it on last night after putting SteelyKid to bed. This was the big two-hour “Story of Everything” episode, starting with the Big Bang and describing the whole history of the universe.
I made it through about half an hour, before I gave up and went to bed. This was partly due to it being a really long day (I took SteelyKid shopping and to a playground, did some yard work, and went to a meeting on campus), so I wasn’t in a state to give it a fair shot. But, really, it was the portentous music that drove me off. It was all horns in minor keys, making it sound like each new step in the evolution of the universe was impending DOOM! Which, to be fair, fit with their emphasis on giant explosions, but it was all a bit much.
The graphics were very impressive, though. I could’ve done without the repeated establishing shots of Hawking’s eye and the fade in/ fade out of the computer voice to remind people tuning in late who was doing the narration, but I suppose you have to make allowances for channel-surfers.
Anybody who watched the whole thing have comments?