Parents' Guide to

Deep Time History

By Common Sense Media, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Humanity's origins from alternative theory; has violence.

TV Max Educational 2016
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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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