Also known as Beyond the Wormhole.
Through the Wormhole is an uneven program. It tries to tackle high-minded, complex ideas on the bleeding edge of science, but does so from a simplified, easily palatable perspective. Which doesn’t work particularly well. Its concepts are too high minded for the average person and too watered down and stupefied for those interested in them.
The only points the program ever contributes, through Freeman’s speeches and segments, is entertainment and philosophizing. Though its visuals and humor are a nice diversion the bulk of interesting content comes from the diverse range of scientists interviewed. This isn’t always for the best–because it’s for a general audience, this show wants to present every side to an issue; even sides that are not worth discussing. Although all scientists on the program have appropriate credentials, some are widely regarded as crackpots peddling unscientific theories. It’s insulting to give these people equal airtime to reputable scientists, it suggests they both have similar odds of being correct.
An example of how it will do this: The program will ask a question, such as ‘Will Eternity End?’, and then provide five separate irrevocable answers. On certain issues this works just fine–such as providing five equally plausible theories to a problem we do not currently have the answer to. Other times not so much: such as when it presents one currently accepted theory and three fringe theories and one crackpot theory without distinguishing between them. Not only is it wasting time on fringe ideas but is failing to separate them from widely accepted ones.
As an educational tool or an analyzer of current science subjects, through the wormhole fails. However, taken for what it is– As a loosely scientific entertainment series designed for a general audience–it’s not bad.