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Australia's First 4 Billion YearsHDTV-PGClosed Captioning

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Of all the continents on Earth, none preserves a more spectacular story of its origins than Australia. NOVA's mini-series takes viewers on a rollicking adventure from the birth of the Earth to the emergence of the world we know today. With help from high-energy host and scientist Richard Smith, we meet titanic dinosaurs and giant kangaroos, sea monsters and prehistoric crustaceans, disappearing mountains and deadly asteroids. This is the untold story of the Land Down Under, the one island continent that has got it all.

Customer Reviews

LOVE this show! Can't wait for more episodes!!

What an amazing show! Exciting, informative, and not just focused on Australia's creation. This show displays the current understanding of our planet's creation (including human evolution) in a simplified visual way that most will find very interesting. Best of all, my children love it and want to learn more about the physical sciences after watching the first two episodes. Thank you for everyone involved in making this. It is a real gem!

Great science, cliché dialog, irritating editing

The science is solid, the narrative arc and subjects absolutely fascinating, and the scenery much of the best Oz has to offer.

However, a lot of the dialog is embarrassingly cliche. NOTE TO ALL SCIENCE PROGRAM WRITERS: Cliché 'sound bite' writing does NOT make science more interesting, accessible, understandable, or exciting. They merely insult the viewers intelligence, lower the quality of your narrative, and distract from the sense of wonder you are actually trying to create. -1 star for insulting your audience.

Note as well that flashing picture after picture with no explanation is also insulting to the audience and highly irritating for anyone who actually wants to know what they're looking at, which presumably is 90% of the NOVA audience. - 1 star for crappy flash-flash editing.

Bottom line, quit with the cheap tricks to 'keep your audience engaged' and learn to tell great stories with great cinematography.