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Premiering Monday, March 6, the new National Geographic Channel series leaps across the expanse of human history to explore pivotal "origin" moments that made us modern.



Jason Silva Origins: The Journey of Humankind
February 13, 2017

In the greatest adventure saga ever told — the story of human civilization — National Geographic presents "Origins: The Journey of Humankind" — an eight-part series that traces the innovations that made the world modern. "Origins" is a full-sensory, time-travel adventure that delves deep into history to find the pivotal "origin" moments that fueled our evolutionary ascension. While we are in a fast-growing technological age fueled by smart phones, satellites and the "next big discovery," "Origins" pauses to probe the biggest questions in the universe: How did we get here? How did Homo Sapiens evolve from apes swinging tree to tree to astronauts walking on the surface of the moon?

Premiering Monday, March 6, at 9/8c, on National Geographic and in 171 countries and 43 languages later this spring, "Origins" is a contemporary twist on the traditional historical documentary. World-class futurist and idea DJ Jason Silva ("Brain Games," "Shots of Awe") leads us through a portal to explore these explosive events, such as the discoveries and applications of fire, that fundamentally and irrevocably created our modern lives.

"Origins" incorporates dramatic scripted storytelling, documentary sequences, expert analysis and dazzling audio-visual mashups designed by John Boswell — also known worldwide as Melodysheep — who is making his TV debut with original symphonies. Silva's unique and compelling thought-jockey process organically and seamlessly shifts us across historical milestones while the world's top minds — experts across the fields of technology, war, communication, medicine, transportation, ecology, paleoanthropology, evolutionary biology and antiquity, to name a few — inject cerebral heft with compelling commentary.

"Everything we do today has deep roots in the past," says Silva. "'Origins' deconstructs moments that show how we rebelled against our fate in the animal kingdom and found a way to rise up, transcend and forge a new future in the modern world."

"Music touches us on a subconscious, instinctual level," says Boswell. "It has a way of bringing human history to life and evoking deep-seated emotions that connect us to our past. This authentic collaboration with National Geographic allows us to reach a wide audience in telling the tale of humankind anew."

In the premiere episode, "Origins: Fire," we experience specific moments in history when fire allowed us to create, annihilate, expand and dominate. Nothing else throughout human history explains our existence more than fire; it's been harnessed and applied throughout countless centuries to define who we are and will become. Silva transports viewers to 12000 BC when early man shockingly discovered the first spark, which grew to a flame and lit the world before their very eyes.

Then jump to 1232 AD when the Jin Dynasty unearthed the greatest defense against the attacking Mongol hordes: a projected missile. Gunpowder produced the first chemical explosive that forever altered modern warfare. Silva takes us to 1666, when fire truly exposed itself as a double-edged sword, the Great Fire of London burnt down more than 90 churches and 13,000 houses, and more than 100,000 people were brought down to their knees with no place to call home. This devastation gave birth to the first modern city and one of the most enlightening periods in history — the Industrial Revolution. Flashing forward a couple centuries to 1926 in the New World, American scientist Robert Goddard was the earliest pioneer of space technology, having created the first modern rocket, which was the basis of today's spacecrafts that gave rise to satellites and modern communication.

In "Origins," Silva is our tour guide through these hypnotic symphonies transporting viewers throughout time. Additional topics covered in the premiere season include medicine, money, war, communication, shelter, exploration and transportation.

"Origins: The Journey of Humankind" is produced by Asylum Entertainment for National Geographic. For Asylum Entertainment, Steve Michaels, Jonathan Koch, Ryann Lauckner, Simon George, Kurt Sayenga, Mark Monroe and Ben Bitonti are executive producers. For Melodysheep, John Boswell is executive producer. For National Geographic, Tim Pastore, Michel J. Miller and Kevin Tao Mohs are executive producers.