StarTalk Season 1 DVD Review
“StarTalk” will appeal to fans of the podcast and Neil deGrasse Tyson.
In the 10 episode first season of the podcast turned NatGeo TV series “StarTalk,” host/astro physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson chats with guests in front of a live audience at the American Museum of National History. Neil and the guests (which Eugene Mirman, Charles Liu, Chuck Nice, Bill Nye among others) than proceed to talk about various topics that include relativity, “Star Trek,” science and religion, news, sex and relationships, parasites, astronauts, social media, NASA, sitcoms and more. Spliced into the show are taped sit down interviews with George Takei, Christopher Nolan, Dan Savage, Arianna Huffington, Richard Dawkins, Jimmy Carter, Chris Hadfield, Biz Stone, Charles Bolden and Norman Lear. There are also taped segments with Bill Nye near the end of each episode as well.
The tagline of “StarTalk” is “where science and pop culture collide” and that’s a fairly accurate assessment of the series. It’s essentially a more sophisticated talk show with weighty topics being discussed for an hour instead of the usual small talk that populates your average talk show. Despite the deep subjects being discussed, however, this isn’t a serious show as the guests (which often include comedians) will crack wise at any time which helps liven things up.
Content aside, your opinion of the series will likely boil down to whether or not you like Neil deGrasse Tyson. To some, he’s a brilliant opinionated astro physicist while others find him to be an egotistical braggart.
Presentation: 1.78:1. How does it look? The episodes look crisp on DVD.
Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? A solid track that does the job.
* Nat Geo trailers.
* “Moon Words”- Neil names off the various types of moons.
* “Star Trek Innovation”- Neil talks about “Star Trek” technology.
* “Female Scientist”- Neil talks about female scientists.
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