What UFO “watchers” here at Bray’s Point like about Morgan Freeman returning for season 3 as host of the Discovery Science Channel’s “Through the Wormhole” is first “his cool voice that brings lots of credibility to the subject of UFOs." They also enjoy the program’s focus on “our deepest mysteries of existence” that “has us knocking on the door but never really getting answers,” adds ufologist Errol who scans the Pacific Ocean and the sky above “for signs that we are not alone." Also, fans enjoy how Morgan Freeman reminds us - "with this really cool program about wormholes and questions about today’s science in outer space" - that if you believe in UFOs, you're not crazy. In turn, Errol explains that in physics, “a wormhole is a hypothetical theory of space time that was explained on Star Trek as simply a ‘shortcut’ through space.”
Morgan Freeman returns to the “wormhole” on TV
Morgan Freeman doesn't have many science- or science fiction-related films on his résumé of almost 100 motion pictures over the past few decades, explains a June 12 report in the Los Angeles Times that hypes his new entry into the world of science with a new series now on Discovery's Science Channel “that reflects the Oscar-winner's longstanding interest in large questions surrounding the universe and existence.”
The premier of Season 3 of “Morgan Freeman’s Through the Wormhole begins June 13 at 8 p.m. on the Science Channel; with other episodes on June 14, 15, 16 and the 20. Also, there's plenty to watch in reruns of the show that can be found at the Science Channel website at science.discovery.com.
Also, fans of the show say it’s best to check your local TV listings for times in your area, and repeats episodes of this science program that's now in it's third season.
For instance, this week’s “Through The Wormhole” (Season 3) features these subjects:
-- “Are races different on the inside as well as the outside? Is there such a thing as race at all? Or, could advances in technology create a superior race? The answers to these questions may tell us where humanity is headed.”
-- “The cosmos may be a super organism, a collection of separate bodies acting like a single being. Scientists are probing this colossal creature for its beating heart, quantum-computing brain and even its offspring. Or are space & time illusions we created?”
-- “What is it that gives each one of us a unique identity? As we move through life our outer appearances transform almost entirely. Our opinions and ideas change. Are we all born with a permanent sense of self or can our identities be altered?”
Overall, fans such as Oregon UFO “watcher” Errol say they like Morgan Freeman as the host for “Through The Wormhole” because “he’s not judgmental in his tone. He even gives his own opinion that ‘we are not alone.’”
Although he played a U.S. president who displayed calm while a massive meteor careened toward Earth in 1998's "Deep Impact," and God in 2007's "Evan Almighty," the L.A. Times report for June 12 says Freeman’s “roles have been mostly grounded in the real world. But Freeman has been involved for the last several years in "Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman," a series on Discovery's Science Channel that reflects the Oscar-winner's longstanding interest in large questions surrounding the universe and existence.”
Wormhole a top TV series for those serious about UFOs, alien life
"Through the Wormhole," which is launching its nine-episode third season, has grown to be one of the cable network's most watched series, averaging 490,000 viewers a week, added the L.A. Times report; while also explained how this TV series - which features Freeman and a diverse gathering of scientists exploring such provocative questions – makes science on TV fun again with such questions as: "What Makes Us What We Are?" "Can We Resurrect the Dead?" and "Is the Universe Alive?"
"I had no anticipation about how well this would do, but it's always a big surprise when a show is well-received," Freeman told the L.A. Times in a recent interview; while adding: “Though his name is in the title and he is the show's narrator and host as well as one of its executive producers, he downplays his own role in the show's success, maintaining that fans are responding to its themes and ideas.”
"We're asking some interesting questions, and there are a lot of smart people talking about these things," Freeman told the Times. "For instance, the idea that there is this other energy in the universe — scientists are certain that dark energy and dark matter exists. If you say it exists, then what is it? Can you prove or demonstrate that God created the universe? There are all these theories, and there are theories that can't always be backed up, but they're intriguing."
Overall, the Times explained how the “wormhole” show combines analysis and complex scientific speculations with offbeat experiments, animation and even a bit of wit as scientists put forth sometimes quirky conclusions.
Also, with Freeman's personal touch — and that distinctive voice — are also part of the mix. "Is There a Superior Race?" was introduced with Freeman's recollections about growing up in Mississippi and how he became aware that whites were treated differently than blacks. In "Is the Universe Alive?" he speaks of his fascination with fireflies and artificial intelligence.
"I'm not directing or writing, but I'm a fan of people who can come up with these visual ideas that help put the theories across," Freeman told the L.A. Times; while it also noted how “he wants to make sure the program's goal is clear: asking the questions is as important as finding the answers.”
Through the Wormhole spotlights UFOs
Apparently, the pageantry surrounding the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton was so entertaining even extraterrestrials couldn't resist checking it out, explained the Discovery’s Science Channel last year when marketing it’s “Through the Wormhole” episode about UFO sightings. “At least that was the scoop from The Sun, a British tabloid, the program added; while explaining how British media “ran stills lifted from a two-and-a-half minute video clip shot by a visiting tourist that showed a blurry blob the paper characterized as a ‘shimmering white object’ hovering in the cloudless sky over Westminster Abbey on the morning before the wedding.”
"It changed shape, but stayed there for at least 30 minutes," the tourist explained in an Internet posting. "Then I lost sight of it."
Through the Wormhole also blasted those who decry anyone who writes about UFO sightings on the Internet as a “hoax,” calling such people ignorant to what’s happening now in this 21st century where what was unbelievable just a few years ago is today real.
For instance, the program noted how “skeptics might explain the ambiguous images as lens distortion, vapor trails from an aircraft, or perhaps just wishful thinking. But to believers in UFOs, the sighting provided yet another chapter in the vast annals of possible sightings of alien visitors. The National UFO Reporting Center, which makes its headquarters in a former underground nuclear bunker in Harrington, Wash., posts an estimated 5,000 new sightings annually to its online database, and maintains records on as many as 70,000 potential glimpses of extraterrestrial visitors, going back to the 1950s, according to Seattle Weekly. But UFO believers say that reported sightings go back as far as ancient times, when the Hebrew prophet Ezekiel described seeing fiery wheels touch down on land, apparently piloted by strange creatures with animal faces.”
Evaluating the credibility of UFO sightings is a daunting task, adds this science TV show featuring Morgan Freeman who also points to “the absence of a clear-cut explanation for an incident doesn't automatically prove that an object is of alien origin, and there's often a paucity of physical evidence or data from scientific instruments available to bolster witnesses' visual observations. But as any student of physics will tell you, there's no such evidence to prove quantum mechanics either, and yet scientists nevertheless seem confident that it's real. With that in mind, here are 10 of the most interesting, provocative, influential possible alien sightings on record. Draw from them whatever conclusions you like.”
Image source for the TV logo for the Science Channel’s “Through the Wormhole,” with Morgan Freeman. Photo courtesy Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Through_the_wormhole