A look at Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman

The Science Channel unveiled its new season of Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. The popular show’s fifth season will offer eight episodes, researching answers to topics ranging from “Is Poverty Genetic?” to “Is a Zombie Apocalypse Possible?” The thought-provoking show has busted ratings records for the network and also garnered an Emmy-nod.

Morgan Freeman and Through the Wormhole return for a fifth season. (Credit: Brent McKnight)

Morgan Freeman and Through the Wormhole return for a fifth season. (Credit: Brent McKnight)

Not conventional TV

One of the goals of Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman on the Science Channel is to ask and answer the questions that stump or puzzle most of us. In the TVruckus.com blog post by Mecehle R. Dillard, “THROUGH THE WORMHOLE with Morgan Freeman Asks: Is Poverty Genetic” June 4, 2014, Dillard explained, “Each episode features leading experts, thinkers and scientists in their specific field presenting groundbreaking theories. Every week viewers will be challenged to consider new perspectives and confronted with ideas that push the envelope of conventional television.”

The line up for the new season of the Emmy-nominated Through the Wormhole includes:

  • “Is Poverty Genetic?  — June 4
  • “How to Collapse a Superpower” —­ June 11
  • “Does the Ocean Think?” —­ June 18
  • “Is a Zombie Apocalypse Possible?” —June 25
  • “Is Gravity an Illusion?” — July 2
  • “When Did Time Begin?” — July 9
  • “Is There a Shadow Universe?” July 16
  • “Will We Become God?” ­­— July 23

The new season of Through the Wormhole

Beloved actor Morgan Freeman is not only the voice of Through the Wormhole, but he’s also an executive producer on the series. The range of topics this season will give viewers something to think about and touch on elements of pop culture in unique ways.

Kimberly Nordyke wrote “‘Through the Wormhole’ Preview: Morgan Freeman Talks Zombies, Cyber Warfare and Oceanic Destruction,” a June 4, 2014, Hollywood Reporter article with an overview of the season. One episode will discuss the reality of zombies, by raising the question of what exactly is a zombie and could our dependency on technology be turning us into quasi-zombies, incapable of thinking for ourselves?

When Nordyke asked how the producers come up with the topics, Freeman asks: “Don’t you sometimes wake up in the middle of the night with a question? … that’s how we come up with it.” Freeman told Nordyke that people of all ages approach him and say they are fans of the Emmy-nominated program.

Superpowers, gravity and time

Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman not only takes on pop culture, but many controversial topics as well. The first episode delved into whether or not poverty could be connected and/or blamed on genetics. The second episode of the new season on the Science Channel will take a look at how easy it would be, through the use of technology, to collapse a superpower.

The Puny Superpower” by James P. Rubin for the September 13, 2013, issue of Newsweek offered another viewpoint to research on the topic of the possible weakening of the United States as a world superpower. The article traces the beginning of America’s power decline to the isolationism that took hold of the country prior to WWII. Rubin asked the question in conclusion, “If America is not to be the indispensable nation any longer … and if liberal internationalism is in decline, who and what will substitute for American leadership on this vast array of global challenges?”

With so many unknowns in our world to research, explore and discuss, Through the Wormhole should have a long and healthy future as it continues to feed the curiosity of viewers about a whole range of controversial topics.

Want to learn more about some of the controversial topics Through the Wormhole covers in its fifth season? Check out Questia—particularly the section on poverty and religion

Have you been fascinated and informed by Through the Wormhole during its previous four seasons? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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