Our universe is a six-part documentary series that revolves around nature, and its relationship to the entire universe, along with a host of science and wonders. The documentary is narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption, Now You See Me) and directed by Noami Austin, Stephen Cooter and Alice Jones. Moreover, each episode has an average duration of 45 minutes.
The stunning images for the nature-based document were shot by acclaimed cinematographer David Bailey, while editing is headed by Ben Livington Martin, Sam Billing, Graeme Dawson, and Darren Jonosas. Furthermore, the music is composed by Jessica Jones and Ann Nikitin.
The official synopsis for the series reads as
Witness the fascinating story of our universe over billions of years and its inextricable connection to life on Earth in this comprehensive documentary series.
-Review of the Universe contains no spoilers-
The fantastic docu-series begins with the first episode “Chasing Starlight”, which is set in the beautiful plains of the Serengeti, about a female cheetah and her constant hunting routine to feed the hungry young. Moreover, the Predator soon connects with the cosmic identity and ventures to the most important source of existence – the sun.
This sets a closed pattern for the series, with each episode relating to the unique elements of nature and the visceral entities of our universe. For example, the rest of the episodes connect the birth cycle of chimpanzees with the birth cycle of a cosmic season, the hunch of a sea turtle for our ancestors’ star, and the life-sustaining gravity of our planet with the eternal love of penguins.
This concept is remarkably new and works well in explaining the relationship between the smallest living cell and the largest floating rock in the solar system. Moreover, it didn’t take me long enough to feel the hypnotic effect these nature-based documentaries tend to have. In fact, at one point, during the Wildebeest Migration segment, I was in utter awe of the visuals, and couldn’t think of anything else.
While I’ve watched many Morgan Freeman narrative features in the past, the 85-year-old actor has something mysterious about his voice, which makes each of them incredibly different. Every word has been crafted with great care, so you can feel the tempo change along with the moving soundtrack. There is absolutely no doubt as to why it would be the obvious choice for such projects.
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The series has the ability to have a calming effect on your mind, and takes you on a journey of reference, which will make you realize how little we contribute to this global process. Simply put, it is the domino effect of substitution, which we often take for granted in our lives.
Right from the soul-pleasing visuals, to the highly expressive soundtrack, almost everything is there in this series. However, the transition between raw and real wilderness, and the special effect generated by the atoms, feels a bit overdone. If you are in a state of turmoil, it can interrupt a well-developed chain of thoughts, several times.
Universe final thoughts
The series makes you reflect on your individual place in the entire universe and certainly excels in the co-thematic connection. Besides, if you love the idea of penguins finding soulmates, then… Our universe Must watch.
You can stream docu-series on Netflix. Tell us your thoughts on this topic in the comments section below.
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