Nat Geo Breakthrough, Here’s Ebola in Your Eye

Scientific breakthroughs series premiers with the episode on pandemics, great science, gory visuals, on Sunday, November 1st, 2015 at 9/8c *** Three Stars

By Robin Rowe

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Gosh!TV) – 2015/11/1 – “The thing that we thought we’d bring is something we learned from doing films inspired by real events like Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind,” says Breakthrough director Ron Howard. “We hope we bring the humanity and story-telling energy and focus to the story. By the same token it was vital to me and National Geographic that the facts be right, that the integrity be there. For me, and I think I speak for all the directors, it was a fascinating challenge.”

Sneak peak! Watch the entire first episode above…

Showrunner Kurt Sayenga from Asylum Entertainment also directed this episode, Fighting Pandemics.  Ron Howard said he became a producer of the series not for the science, but for the human drama. The science is great, the story compelling, but the Walking Dead visuals of the first Breakthough episode may not be suitable for kids. Dripping blood, dead bodies, plunging hypodermic needles.

I saw Breakthough Pandemic at a premier on the big screen at the Pacific Design Center, but even on a TV screen those scenes would be hard for me to take. Maybe I’m squeamish. In her remarks before the screening, National Geographic Channels CEO Courteney Monroe said how proud they were to have broadcast the first live brain surgery on television last week.

Aside from being bloody, the Breakthrough premier episode is great. I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of the series, with less gruesome topics than Ebola.

Six directors Angela Bassett, Peter Berg, Paul Giamatti, Akiva Goldsman, Ron Howard and Brett Ratner each cover a different topic that’s either paramount to our survival or helps current and future generations. The topics are: water, pandemics, cyborg technology, energy, longevity and brain science. And each director chose the topic that they felt passionate about. The series, co-produced with GE, is made by Imagine Entertainment and Asylum Entertainment.

Breakthrough Premiers

  • Sunday November 8th, 2015 9/8c More than Human – Robotics and how it’s helping humans regain their mobility Directed and narrated by by Paul Giamatti
  • Sunday November 15th, 2015 9/8c Decoding the Brain – Finding the brains full potential. Directed by Brett Ratner Narrated by Adrien Brody
  • Sunday November 29th, 2015 9/8c The Age of Aging – Do we really have to age or can it be like Cocoon Directed and narrated by Ron Howard.
  • Sunday December 6th, 2015 9/8c Energy on The Edge Is clean energy the answer to our energy crisis? Directed by Akiva Goldsman and narrated by Jason Bateman
  • Sunday December 13, 2015 9/8c Water Apocolypse Will there be enough clean water for the world? Directed and narrated by Angela Bassett

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