Through the Wormhole

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Through the Wormhole
Through the Wormhole 2010 Intertitle.png
Genre Documentary
Starring Morgan Freeman
Narrated by Morgan Freeman
Theme music composer Hans Zimmer
Composer(s) Jacob Shea
Hans Zimmer
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 50 (List of episodes)
Production
Cinematography David Baillie
Running time c. 42 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Discovery Communications
Broadcast
Original channel Science
Picture format
Original run 9 June 2010 (2010-06-09) – present
External links
Website

Through the Wormhole is an American science documentary television series narrated and hosted by American actor Morgan Freeman. It began airing on Science in the United States on 9 June 2010.[1]

Development[edit]

The TV channel Science has been highlighting what VP of Production Bernadette McDaid calls the "Rock Stars of Science",[2] such as Michio Kaku and Brian Cox. "We wanted to merge our 'Rock Stars of Science' ... with the superstars of pop culture."[2] When Science general manager Deborah Myers heard that Morgan Freeman was very interested in things to do with the universe and space and "asks the big philosophical questions",[2] she approached Freeman and his producer and proposed making a series together.[2]

On 17 February 2011, Sean Carroll confirmed on his Twitter page that he has started shooting Season 2 of Through the Wormhole.[3] On 17 May 2011, Discovery confirmed the second season would premiere on Science on 8 June 2011.[4]

On 3 January 2012, Sean Carroll posted a picture on his Twitter page, mentioning that it was taken during the taping of Season 3.[5] Season 3 premiered on Tuesday, 6 March 2012. The Science Channel later released a list of episodes comprising the rest of the season.[6]

Season 4 of Through the Wormhole (which is 10 episodes long) premiered on 20 March 2013.[7]

On October 9, 2013, the Science Channel began airing enhanced episodes of the show under the title Beyond the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman.[8]

Season 5 of Through the Wormhole premiered on 5 March 2014.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1[edit]

# Title Original air date
1 "Is There a Creator?" 9 June 2010 (2010-06-09)
Is the universe just a coincidence or was it created by a God who looks after us? 
2 "The Riddle of Black Holes" 16 June 2010 (2010-06-16)
Nothing in the universe is more powerful than black holes
3 "Is Time Travel Possible?" 23 June 2010 (2010-06-23)
To travel through time you have to break the speed of light. Is it possible? 
4 "What Happened Before the Beginning?" 30 June 2010 (2010-06-30)
This episode explores where the universe came from. 
5 "How Did We Get Here?" 7 July 2010 (2010-07-07)
The creation of life and where we came from. 
6 "Are We Alone?" 14 July 2010 (2010-07-14)
Are we alone in the universe or is there other life somewhere out there? 
7 "What Are We Really Made Of?" 21 July 2010 (2010-07-21)
Protons, electrons and neutrons are just a small portion of what we know about the world we see. 
8 "Beyond the Darkness" 28 July 2010 (2010-07-28)
The exploration of dark matter and dark energy

Season 2[edit]

There are 10 episodes in the second season.[9]

# Title Original air date
1 "Is There Life After Death?" 8 June 2011 (2011-06-08)
In the premiere episode of the second season, Morgan Freeman dives deep into this provocative question that has mystified humans since the beginning of time. Modern physics and neuroscience are venturing into this once hallowed ground, and radically changing our ideas of life after death. Freeman serves as host to this polarized debate, where scientists and spiritualist attempt to define "what is consciousness", while cutting edge quantum mechanics could provide the answer to what happens when we die. 
2 "Is There an Edge to the Universe?" 15 June 2011 (2011-06-15)
It is commonly theorized that the universe began with the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago. But since we can only see as far as light has traveled in that time, we can't actually make out the edge of the universe. Could it be that the universe is infinite? Is there any way to find out what the shape of the universe really is? Can we find the edge, discover what might lie beyond it, and perhaps even discover a universe next to ours? 
3 "Does Time Really Exist?" 22 June 2011 (2011-06-22)
It is a question that has vexed philosophers and scientists for centuries; 'Does Time Really Exist?' Exactly how is our past, present, and future connected by that arrow of cause and effect that we call Time? Is time simply another dimension, just like the dimensions of space we know? Can you run time backwards just as easily as it runs forward, just as left-to-right can swap for right-to-left? If other universes exist, then what is time like in them: could their Time be different from ours? And we'll probe the biggest question about time: Is our future determined? Do we exercise free will? Or, is time merely a dream? 
4 "Are There More than Three Dimensions?" 29 June 2011 (2011-06-29)
We move and live in three dimensions: length, width, and height. However, Einstein revealed what was once unimaginable: time is actually a dimension and linked with space itself. To reconcile the massive cosmic and minuscule quantum worlds, physicists are realizing four dimensions may not be enough. They're unraveling up to eleven dimensions. How could this be true? Where could these dimensions be? 
5 "Is There a Sixth Sense?" 6 July 2011 (2011-07-06)
Can we perceive objects and events beyond the world detected by our five senses? The true limits of our human brain remain a scientific mystery. New studies in neuroscience are showing that our minds can really detect events and objects that our conscious selves know nothing about. Can we predict events in the future? Is there such a thing as a global consciousness? Could physical laws on the cusp of being discovered be at the root of all this? 
6 "How Does the Universe Work?" 13 July 2011 (2011-07-13)
It was Einstein's famous unfinished project - to find one law that unites all of physics, and explain everything in the universe. It's still an unfinished project, and today hundreds of physicists from CERN to NASA to the Ivory Towers around the world are struggling to find this holy grail of science. Is there one theory, one equation that governs every single event in our universe? An overarching structure to reality? This episode of THROUGH THE WORMHOLE attempts to journey into an understanding what the universe is made of, and how we got here. 
7 "Can We Travel Faster Than Light?" 20 July 2011 (2011-07-20)
It's called the speed limit of the universe. Einstein blew all of our minds when he worked out the Theory of Relativity, and showed that space and time were malleable substances. He also theorized that we as humans can never travel faster than the speed of light, which leaves the stars and other galaxies almost impossibly out of our reach. But the dreams of Star Wars and Star Trek are not dead. In fact, there could be ways to travel faster than the speed of light - and some of them are already being tested in labs around the world. 
8 "Can We Live Forever?" 27 July 2011 (2011-07-27)
Medical advances have doubled human life expectancy in past centuries. But can humans ever beat death altogether? Can we control and fix the errors that build up in our DNA over the years? Can we find a way to replace the chemistry of life with something more durable? This episode wonders into the mystifying definition of 'eternity' as it relates to human lifespan. 
9 "What Do Aliens Look Like?" 3 August 2011 (2011-08-03)
Science fiction writers have always had their little green men. But these humanoid aliens were based soundly on Earth-based life, not any extra terrestrial evidence. Today, we've discovered hundreds of planets around other stars. As we learn what some of these alternative Earths might look like, science and imagination have allowed us to use real science to imagine the biology of their inhabitants. Will they have two eyes? Two legs? What color will their skin be? Which species on Earth can give us clues about likely biology of aliens? And what can we learn from how life on Earth developed to help us understand what ET really looks like? 
10 "Are There Parallel Universes?" 4 September 2011 (2011-09-04)
Most scientists believe that you are not really you, but rather, you all. On the edge of space, buried in a black hole, or right on top of you, there could be an exact copy of yourself living a parallel reality. In those parallel worlds, you may be living your wildest dreams, or your worst nightmares. Finding them is no longer restricted to the realm of science fiction. Recent game-changing theories now suggest that if these worlds exist, intelligent life in these alternative worlds could be trying to send us messages. As scientists further unravel this astounding possibility, a new possibility emerges: the fate of our entire universe may depend on these hidden cosmic twins. 

Season 3[edit]

# Title Original air date
1 "Will We Survive First Contact?" 6 March 2012 (2012-03-06)
Mankind longs for proof that we are not alone in the universe, but the moment of first contact will certainly mean the end of the world as we know it. Whether that is a bad thing for humanity or the start of a great future is uncertain. 
2 "Is There a Superior Race?" 6 June 2012 (2012-06-06)
Are the races different on the inside as well as the outside? Is there even such a thing as race at all? Could advances in technology soon create a superior race of post-humans? Given the incendiary history of the topic of racial superiority, this is a hard question to ask. The answer may tell us where humanity is headed, what our descendants will look like and how they will think. 
3 "Is The Universe Alive?" 13 June 2012 (2012-06-13)
As scientists peer across the galaxy, a new revelation emerges: The universe is shockingly organic. Are the secrets to the life and death of the universe hidden not in physics, but biology? Could it be that the universe is alive? 
4 "What Makes Us Who We Are?" 20 June 2012 (2012-06-20)
What is it that makes you, you? Is it the things we know, the people and places we've experienced? Or is there something deeper, less tangible that captures our essence? Scientists are searching for the core of who we are-some would call it the soul, others, our personal identity. To do so, they are probing the last great frontier of human understanding: the brain. How do we become who we are? 
5 "What is Nothing?" 27 June 2012 (2012-06-27)
Is empty space really empty? Or is it filled with hidden forces? Scientists now regard understanding the true nature of empty space as the deepest and most baffling mystery they face: one that will explain where the universe came from, whether it is fated to expand into oblivion or whether it will undergo another dramatic transformation that could destroy everything we know. 
6 "Can We Resurrect The Dead?" 11 July 2012 (2012-07-11)
The cycle of life carries us all from birth to death. What if we could change all of that? With cloning and genetic engineering, we can bring back extinct animals. But could we also bring back dead humans? Is it possible to keep our brains alive after our bodies have died? Could we rise from the dead in some strange new form? Can we - should we - resurrect the dead? 
7 "Can We Eliminate Evil?" 18 July 2012 (2012-07-18)
What drives some to torture and kill without remorse? Why do seemingly normal people commit acts of cruelty and violence? From where does evil come? Today, researchers are uncovering the hidden forces that inflame our inner demons ... looking for ways to isolate and neutralize the source of evil in the brain. Is it really possible to change human nature? 
8 "Mysteries of the Subconscious" 25 July 2012 (2012-07-25)
Are there secret powers locked away inside your mind, waiting to be unleashed? Is it possible that the subconscious mind knows more than you ever will, and that your conscious mind is holding you back? Do thoughts control actions, or the other way around? New research shows that breaking down the walls of the subconscious may make people healthier and more creative. There are also dangers lurking in the dark recesses of the mind. 
9 "Will Eternity End?" 1 August 2012 (2012-08-01)
Many religious traditions have predicted that our world will come to an apocalyptic end. Scientists agree that Earth can't last forever, but disagree on whether the universe and time itself can ever disappear. Some may hope for eternity, but the possibility of never-ending time has mind-bending implications for the present. 
10 "Did We Invent God?" 8 August 2012 (2012-08-08)
Our belief in a God above explains all we can't understand. Where do religious beliefs come from? Some experts believe God may exist only in our brain, that we are wired to worship the supernatural and that faith in a higher power gives us an evolutionary advantage. Is it possible that God is really just a neurological accident? And does that make Him any less real? Did God invent humanity, or did humanity invent God? 

Season 4[edit]

# Title Original air date
1 "Is There a God Particle?" 20 March 2013 (2013-03-20)
Examining the 2012 discovery of a subatomic particle believed to be the Higgs boson, or "God particle," which could explain how matter came to exist in the universe. Scientists explore the fundamental nature of the Higgs boson and how it gives mass to matter. 
2 "When Does Life Begin?" 5 June 2013 (2013-06-05)
We can all trace our lives back to a beginning. But what defines the beginning? Is it the moment when two cells unite? Or does something have to know it is alive before its life can begin? 
3 "Can We Survive the Death of the Sun?" 12 June 2013 (2013-06-12)
We are all at the mercy of the Sun. Its glowing disc sustains nearly all life on Earth. But the Sun also holds a dark secret: someday, our aging, expanding star will bathe the Earth in a fiery holocaust. Everything we know will turn to hot, bubbling, plasma. 
4 "How Do Aliens Think?" 19 June 2013 (2013-06-19)
If the stuff of life is spread throughout the cosmos, then the universe could be teeming with aliens. Will alien brains think in ways we understand? 
5 "Will Sex Become Extinct?" 26 June 2013 (2013-06-26)
Every single person who has ever lived was created from the genes of one man and one woman. But human sexual reproduction, unchanged for millions of years, is about to undergo radical change. 
6 "Can Our Minds Be Hacked?" 3 July 2013 (2013-07-03)
Our minds store our entire lives, our memories and our deepest desires. Tell no one, and our thoughts remain our own. But our brains are biological computers. Computer hackers can tamper with our email. Could brain hackers someday be able to rewrite our thoughts? 
7 "Are Robots the Future of Human Evolution?" 10 July 2013 (2013-07-10)
We are in the midst of a revolution so insidious we can't even see it. From our telephones to our vacuum cleaners to our cars, we have robots that live and work beside us. And now we're designing them to think for themselves, giving them the power to learn to move on their own. 
8 "Is Reality Real?" 17 July 2013 (2013-07-17)
Do we live in the "real world," or is it all in our mind? Our basic assumptions about life and the universe may be false. Is nothing certain? Or is reality real? 
9 "Do We Have Free Will?" 24 July 2013 (2013-07-24)
We like to think we are the masters of our fates. But is that really true? What if everything that has happened or will happen in the universe has already been set, from the Big Bang to the Last Gasp, and we are unable to change our inevitable destinies? 
10 "Did God Create Evolution?" 31 July 2013 (2013-07-31)
What or who created all of the billions of species that have lived on Earth? Is all life the product of evolution as Charles Darwin proposed or was it the guiding hand of a higher power? 

Season 5[edit]

# Title Original air date
1 "Is God an Alien Concept?" 5 March 2014 (2014-03-05)
Is God worshipped in other worlds across the cosmos? How might alien deities differ from our own? Have advanced aliens discovered everything there is to know about the universe, or are they too looking for answers? The answer may lie buried on Earth. 
2 "Is Luck Real?" 7 March 2014 (2014-03-07)
Do you make your own luck or does luck make you? We find luck, good and bad, in casinos, basketball courts, genetics labs and the subatomic world. It’s a journey that will radically revise your understanding of the laws of nature and the human brain. 
3 "When Did Time Begin?" 2014 (2014)
4 2014 (2014)
5 2014 (2014)
6 2014 (2014)
7 2014 (2014)
8 2014 (2014)
9 2014 (2014)
10 2014 (2014)

DVD releases[edit]

In region 1 & 2, season 1 was released on DVD on 8 March 2011, and season 2 was released on 22 November 2011.[10] Season 3 was released on 23 October 2012.

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