A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Encourages exploring various theories about the evolution of life, but does not give a balanced discourse. For example, in the first episode, it states that grass (in its various forms) was responsible for the evolution of life on Earth, without considering alternative ideas. While well done, this is simply not deep enough.
Violence & Scariness
One episode explores warfare, carnivores are shown eating raw meat, and the re-enactments include a murder scene, though viewers do not actually see the victim being stabbed. There is context to the violence delivered in the narrative.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Deep Time History is a three-episode look at the beginnings and rise of civilization on Earth, but delivered with limited depth and alternative theories. Using a combination of re-enactments, real-world video, archival footage, and computer-generated graphics, the show has depictions of violence, including humans killing each other by various means (guns, explosions, gas). There are references to the Holocaust, and the show links development of weapons to chemicals and chemical reactions that have deep roots.
Is It Any Good?
Seeking to link all modern life to "deep time" origins offers new perspectives as to how the world evolved. But the failing of Deep Time History -- despite its valuable concepts with scientific merit -- is that the explanations are simplified without exploring alternative ideas. The three-episode series, hosted by Cal State Fullerton Associate Professor Jonathan Markley, features well-produced video elements, and the narrative links past and present. But in each segment, time tilts to and fro with explanations of "deep time" and linking it to modern life, often without presenting other schools of thought on the topic discussed. To its credit, Deep Time History is unabashed about presenting both the good that has come from evolution of the planet and discoveries of its natural resources with the reality that some discoveries were used for the destruction of life.
Younger viewers may find some of the topics too intense, while older viewers can take the material and use it to explore the subject matter more deeply, rather than blindly accepting the information. That may be the biggest problem with the show: It tries to cram too much into three 50-minute episodes and thus paints with a broader brush than what would be needed for the source material.
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