A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this entertaining educational series about the challenges of colonizing another planet or moon doesn't have any swearing, sex, drinking, or smoking -- just lots of very dangerous simulated expeditions. Computer simulations dramatize the problems associated with colonization, and the show examines the most advanced technology currently available to address these issues.
What's the story?
What would happen if Earth became uninhabitable and mankind needed to find a new home? Where would we go? Where could we go? In EXODUS EARTH, host Basil Singer examines our options and tries to find another planet or moon that people could colonize -- and figure out what it would take to survive in these very inhospitable climates. Both educational and entertaining, the show uses computer graphics to demonstrate the dangers of space travel and explains the many challenges of trying to establish a beachhead for humanity somewhere out in the solar system. Singer then visits scientists and researchers who demonstrate cutting-edge approaches to solving these problems.
Is it any good?
Make no mistake -- space exploration may look easy on popular sci-fi shows, but it's very dangerous and involves some really complicated technology. It's bitterly cold out there, and it can take months or years to get to even the closer planets -- plus, some of them have no atmosphere, and the ones that do can be poisonous. So how exactly do these conditions affect people? Singer gamely puts himself to the test, enduring an icy bath, for example, to show how extreme cold can sap the body's strength and coordination.
And for issues that are too complex or dangerous for Singer to test on himself, he finds leading experts to help out. The scientists use easy-to-follow language to explain some really far-out concepts in space travel or show off some of the most advanced engineering designs now available that could make space colonization a reality in the not-too-distant future. The series doesn't hide the fact that venturing out into the solar system is a big challenge, but it also makes it seem like a possibility -- not just an idea for sci-fi movies.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about space exploration. Would you like to colonize another planet, or do the many dangers presented in this series intimidate you? Do you think humans will live on another planet in your lifetime? Do you think the human race needs to expand beyond Earth?
How does the realistic presentation of landing on another planet or moon compare to the seemingly simple process seen in many sci-fi shows and movies? How realistic are shows like this compared to more typical reality shows?
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