Our Universe is a nature documentary film to be released on November 22, 2022, narrated by Morgan Freeman and produced by BBC Studios.
Using modern technology and impressive computer-generated visual effects, this series takes the nature documentary format a step further and looks at the broader context of our Earth within the universe. It explores the interconnectedness of our planet, and reminds us that we are but one small feature created through the connections of time and space.
In this guide to how to watch Our World, we’ll introduce the premise of this unique series, give some spoiler-free recommendations for how to dive in, and provide a guide for the episodes.
Netflix was kind enough to send us a quick preview clip of the show, which you can see below.
Where do you watch our universe?
All six episodes of Our Universe are available November 22, 2022 on Netflix. Each episode is 45 minutes long and explores different aspects of life on Earth and how we got to this point in space and time.
Our Universe Original Soundtrack features music written and produced by Anne Nikitin and Jessica Jones, available from November 18, 2022 anywhere you get your music.
Our Universe trailer was released on November 10, 2022 and gives a glimpse of the exciting features this series will explore. Clear from the start Morgan Freeman’s baritone voice narrates the journey through our world and the cosmos. What becomes immediately clear is that this is not a documentary about your standard nature.
They are folded into gorgeous computer-generated graphics of events that occur in our universe, such as a massive collision with the early Earth, which likely caused a tilt of our axis resulting in seasonal changes throughout the year. Exciting this as a mix of nature and space documentaries sets up the most instinctive desire for scientific exploration.
What is our universe?
This six-part documentary series describes an epic tale in the making 13.8 billion years ago. Going back to the origin of our universe through the birth of our Sun and the formation of the Earth, it guides us on a journey to modern Earth and the organisms we know and know. These include such famous and attractive animals as the Alaskan brown bear, leopards, penguins, chimpanzees, and sea turtles.
The series explores the minutiae of our world and invites the viewer to question how something as simple as a single blade of grass came to be and impacts our environment. The viewer is left with a much deeper appreciation of our planet’s uniqueness and fragility, but also its resilience and ability to adapt to an ever-evolving universe.
For astronomy fans, viewers will be dazzled by the gorgeous visuals and computer-generated imagery that recreates the cosmic phenomena that fascinate us all. This series is for everyone and is highly recommended for family viewing.
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All six episodes are available on Netflix from November 22, 2022. Each episode focuses on a unique animal found in their habitat and the forces of the universe that led them to that unique moment. Minor spoilers ahead.
Episode 1 – Chasing Starlight
- Featured animal: Cheetah
- Distinctive astronomical concept: the sun
This episode explores the life of the Wachini leopard in the plains of the Serengeti as it forages for food. He then wonders what eating means and how living things need energy to survive. This energy begins its journey more than 90 million miles away powered by the nuclear reactor that is our sun.
Episode 2 – The Cosmic Clock
- Featured animal: chimpanzee
- Distinctive astronomical concept: time
Here we visit the forests of Gabon in central Africa to find Celeste the chimpanzee who is expecting her baby. As she notes the time it takes for a baby to be born, the episode explores what it means to “pass time”. Does everyone live time the same way? In presenting the complex concept of time, and that it exists as a dimension within the fabric of our universe, it looks at the fragility or lack thereof of time and its ability to be manipulated.
Episode 3 – The Seasons Shift
- Featured animal: brown bear
- Distinctive astronomical concept: The seasons and the axial tilt of the Earth
Next, we travel to the Alaskan Arctic to catch a glimpse into the life of Luna, the brown bear, as he prepares for his winter hibernation. This is a common phenomenon that most of us are aware of, as is the idea of what the seasons change means. When you know that the tilt of the Earth’s axis causes the two hemispheres to “face” the sun during different times of the year, we see (through fancy CGI technology) the cosmic collision that happened billions of years ago that likely caused this tilt.
- Featured animal: sea turtle
- Distinctive astronomical concept: the big explosion
In this episode we head south to the Great Barrier Reef and discover Stella, a baby sea turtle emerging from its shell and embarking on its perilous journey to adulthood. To survive, you’ll need to fight off predators and forage for food, but their needs run deeper, as they depend on basic elements in our world like hydrogen and iron to survive. As the classic saying goes: “we are stars” and this episode looks at where these elements originated and made their way to the planet as we see it today.
Episode 5 – Water World
- Featured animal: The elephants
- Distinctive astronomical concept: Water ice in asteroids and comets
After leaving the lush islands and life of the Great Barrier Reef, this episode takes us to Botswana in the Okavango Delta to find a family of elephants foraging for water. Reflecting on regular migration patterns based on research for this essential molecule that makes up 70% of our planet, we explore how water ended up here in the first place. This is often a major revelation, that there is a lot of water in the form of ice throughout our solar system, and delivery mechanisms in the form of comets and asteroids are the likely explanation for the distribution on Earth.
Episode 6 – The Force of Gravity
- Featured animal: King penguins
- Distinctive astronomical concept: gravity
In the last episode, we go on an adventure to the South Atlantic, specifically to the island of South Georgia to find a pair of king penguins named Rocky and Paloma, they meet and they fall in love. Now that we’ve contemplated the effects of the sun, water, the elements, the seasons, and the passage of time, we end up thinking about what brings us together. No, not love, but the force of attraction.
Who worked in our world?
From BBC Studios, Our Universe is produced, written and directed by Alice Jones, Stephen Cooter and Naomi Austin. Executive Producer is Andrew Cohen alongside Showrunner Mike Davis. Music written and produced by Ann Nikitin and Jessica Jones. The series’ original soundtrack is now available wherever you get your music. And of course, you have great tunes from Morgan Freeman that guide you through your epic journey.