It was weird for me, yet somewhat entertaining at the same time.
I started the program already with a recognition of the four forces of nature, the contradiction between the Relativistic and Quantum views of the universe, and the notion that string theory may well be the “theory of everything” physicists have been looking for even if they’d need an accelerator the size of the solar system to verify any of it, so I found the first half of the program painfully slow. (Was the program really only an hour? I swear it felt like two.)
The second half was a little better, because once they’d given a tantalizing hint of what string theory is they began exploring some of the objections against it, which is what I’m really interested in. Philosophically I trust empiricism but it was intuitivism that gave us Relativity, so I realize one mustn’t discard an idea simply because there’s no objective means of proving, for example, that ‘good’ is not actually ‘evil’ – evolution was a similarly mind-bending intuition that has taken a century to become inarguably established yet millions of people still refuse to believe it.
I tried watching the program through “everyman’s eyes,” the way non-science-buffs might see it, and I think the special effects detracted from the clarity of the explanation by offering too-clever animation in place of structure. There was zero discussion of particle-wave duality, for example, and without that how can you possibly understand how the Copenhagen interpretation is relevant to the competing “flavors” of string theory?
The program was too obtuse for Joe Savant yet too abstract for Joe Sixpack, so it makes you wonder whether the purpose of the program was to popularize cutting-edge physics or give Adobe After Effects the workout it so richly deserves.