Don’t touch that dial!

imagesCA5HOF84Though I watch no broadcast or cable channels, having the television set on is still a nearly constant circumstance, as is the dvd player being in use.

So if not watching tv in the traditional sense, what is it that’s playing?

During the day, when working here at the desk, it’s often something having to do with science, even science fiction (though not always).

What exactly is playing?

“Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman” is a popular choice. It’s not just limited to space exploration and examines various aspects of science in a way anyone can understand. Besides, who doesn’t like Morgan Freeman?

“The Universe” is also a good option. Clearly aimed at space, it also provides a lot of good information, drawing on today’s top astrophysicists such as Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michio Kaku, and Alex Fillipenko for lessons, just to name a few, who also bear in mind that most of us don’t have doctorates.

Though not as well known, Stephen Hawking himself has a program entitled “Into the Universe”. Even Sam Neill hosted a documentary for the BBC called “Hyperspace”. From the Discovery channel, we have “When We Left Earth”, about the NASA missions.

I recently worked my way through Showtime’s “From the Earth to the Moon”, a docudrama about the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo flights of the 1960’s and 70’s.

As for sci-fi shows and movies, I often lean towards shows about exploration, like the original “Star Trek” series. However, adversaries seem to be the most common plot device, and programs such as “Battlestar Galactica” certainly have that, yet still focus on the characters and the situations they find themselves in more than the battles themselves. “Firefly” also fits nicely into this category, though in a unique way.

But suppose you simply want to be entertained without having to exert a large amount of mental effort? All is not lost, films like “Event Horizon” and “The Black Hole” work well for that.

Which one is right for you? Well, that’s entirely your call. Let your preferences guide you.

Space is limitless, as are the entertainment options.

Or perhaps you have your own ideas for programming.

What do you have in mind?



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