Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Movie review: Startalk

Startalk is a talk show hosted by famous astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. In this series Neil discusses pop culture and science with notable guests such as Jimmy Carter, Dan Savage, Richard Dawkins, and more.

Host: Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Startalk is easily assumed to be a science program with Tyson hosting but really it is more of a talk show, including a comedic co-host with each episode. With an impressive roster of famous guests both in person and in video interviews the series touches on a wide range of topics from global warming to intimacy and evolution. While there is some science discussed the show really focuses more on the history and future of visionary scientific and other leaders.

Being a talk show there isn't much acting. That said, some of those being interviewed were more engaging than others.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were fairly bland. There is no real action or CGI here to speak of. Dialogue was excellent despite Tyson frequently trying to look cool or pump himself up. Sound was good.

Startalk is quite simply a lot of fun for your brain. It is very engaging to hear from his famous guests their visions of the future, or why they did certain things in the past that have helped shape the world. Those who enjoy a cerebral television series should enjoy this one.

Nothing here to limit audience age.

Released: 2015
Reviewed: 5.10.16
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: TV Shows, Talk Shows, TV series, Science, Technology

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