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  • Summary: The 10-part documentary series hosted by Will Smith from Darren Aronofsky and Nutopia features former astronauts talking about what makes Earth so unique to the universe.
  • Genre(s): Movie/Mini-Series, News/Documentary, Documentary, Science, Educational

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  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Mar 26, 2018
    Will Smith added little to my enjoyment and became a high energy annoyance. I lead this review with my frustration with Will Smith--David Attenborough for the Mountain Dew Generation--because otherwise One Strange Rock is frequently spectacular, delivering the same sort of bringing-science-to-life thrills for Earth as Cosmos did with the universe and Blue Planet and Planet Earth have done with myriad lifeforms.
  2. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    May 23, 2018
    You might come to One Strange Rock for its host, Philadelphia’s Will Smith, but you’ll stay for the astronauts. ... The visuals in One Strange Rock, are beautiful, occasionally strange, sometimes even otherworldly. Rock’s true stars, though, are people like Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian to command the International Space Station.
  3. Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    Mar 26, 2018
    One Strange Rock has its heart in the right place. Does it have a head? This is a nonstop parade of vibrant images, a “visual learning” attention-deficit assault.
  4. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Mar 26, 2018
    One Strange Rock ultimately has an identity crisis in what it wants to cover and how, and it ends up as a mishmash of stories, scripted vignettes, aerial footage, and conjecture.
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  1. Sep 28, 2018
    Executive produced by Darren Aronofsky, and made by Will Smith's production company (Smith is also the presenter), One Strange Rock isExecutive produced by Darren Aronofsky, and made by Will Smith's production company (Smith is also the presenter), One Strange Rock is essentially about the experiences of eight astronauts, and how their time in space led them to see Earth with new eyes. That, in turn, is used as a jumping off point to examine several different branches of Earth Science, with each episode focusing on a specific astronaut and dealing with a specific topic; the planet's respiratory system, the Theia Impact theory, how the planet protects us from the sun, the origin of life, the Permian-Triassic Extinction, the possibility of colonising another planet, how life has both transformed the Earth and been transformed by it, the evolution from single celled microbes to complex organisms, the development of the human brain, and the concept of Earth as home.

    Along the way, the show throws up a litany of hard to believe facts. To give just a sampling; the Amazon produces twenty times more oxygen than all of humanity could use, but none of it leaves the Amazon Basin, as it is used by the animals living there; the magnetic field generated by the planet's core stretches for 400,000 miles into space in every direction; every strand of DNA in the world contains billions of carbon atoms to bind it together; the human body has 37 trillion cells (more than the stars in the galaxy); tropical islands are composed of up to 70% parrot fish excrement; photosynthesis generates 100 terrawatts of energy per year, six times more than humanity could use; the human brain is the most complex object in the known universe; 95% of all animals that have ever existed are extinct; and it is 250,000 miles to the moon, 700 million to Saturn, 9 trillion to the edge of the solar system, 24 trillion to the nearest star (with our current technology, it would take us 17,000 years to get there), and 25,000 light years (150,000 trillion miles) to the edge of the galaxy . Very enjoyable stuff. My one complaint would be that most of the episodes feel a little padded, with each one containing two or three diversionary stories only tangentially related to the core theme. But it's still well worth watching; terrific visuals, great sound, experts who know what they're talking about, and mind blowing information, if the goal was to make the viewer look at Earth in a new manner, they certainly succeeded with me.