Man at His Best

One Strange Rock Indeed

Have we been seeing our planet wrong this whole time?

BY Joy Ling | Mar 9, 2018 | Film & TV

If the name Darren Aronofsky rings a bell, you’re probably a little more twisted in the head than you were before. For the first time, the director of Requiem for Dream, Black Swan, and the recent Mother, is tackling the small screen.

In a 10 episode docu-series alongside National Geographic and Nutopia, Aronofsky presents Earth in a brand new perspective. It's precisely because he is known for his shall we say, unusual take on things, that we have every reason to anticipate. Just like when you see your country through the eyes of a tourist, familiar things can suddenly look a little foreign. Then you finally begin to have mild appreciation for what’s around you. This show aims to do just that. As Aronofsky puts it, there has been shows about nature, cultures, science (that is, the basic roster of Nat Geo), but One Strange Rock combines it all—physics, chemistry, biology, anthropology, astronomy.

You get to experience the life-changing viewpoint astronauts get when they leave Earth and look at it from space. We’re sure it will be nothing short of mind-blowing. Jerry Linenger, one of the eight notable astronauts roped in for the project, has vouched that out of the other documentaries he has participated in, this one truly captures the awe of our planet, and gets you contemplating its critical issues. The crew is said to have filmed more than 389 terabytes of footage, which equates to about a 22-year movie marathon. It’s a bunch of thrilling moving pictures, but it's also one cohesive narrative of the vast ecosystem that makes up our home planet.

Oh, and Will Smith is hosting it.

One Strange Rock premiers March 26 on National Geographic.