The Universe Seasons 1-3 - History Channel [$179.95]
The brooding apocalyptic teenager, the flouncing, flower-tossing nature lover, the novice scientist with quizzically furrowed brow all have this in common: they will love, if they do not already love, the History Channel's stellar series, The Universe, seasons one through three, and they will simply devour this box set which includes those shows plus feature-length Beyond the Big Bang. "We're all gonna die, anyway" pessimists and "Isn't life glorious?" optimists can share the couch and the popcorn bowl on this one. Simultaneously terrifying and inspiring, touching every nerve that inspires human storytelling past and present, and sparking our imaginations about the future, I'm thinking the only kind of person who would not find fascination in this series might be unconscious, and I wish them a speedy recovery.