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 program contributes some original content through Freeman’s speeches and some animated segments. Though the visuals and humor are a nice diversion, these are never anything but entertainment and pointless philosophizing; the bulk of the program’s content comes from a diverse range of scientists interviewed. But diverseness 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 most 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 and attention to reputable scientists. It suggests they both have similar odds of being correct. In other words, we don’t need creationism in the classroom: we certainly don’t need it in the wormhole.
An example of how this will happen: 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.