It seems like just yesterday that I was writing about the premiere of National Geographic's series on Albert Einstein, Genius. And now, sadly, it comes to an end. National Geographic plans to close the series by showing the last two episodes back to back tonight, June 20, 2017.
As we journey through the life and times of the intrepid genius, episode 9 finds Einstein in America fighting Hitler in his own way and trying to save friends and family left behind. Politics have turned frightening, and while many try to normalize the threat posed by the Nazis, Einstein strains relationships and uses his influence to its fullest to follow his conscious.
However, it is a matter of conscious and irony that begins to trouble him most. As a scientist, and a pacifist, how can he reconcile these two important aspects of his psyche when it comes to the threat and power of the potential development of the most destructive weapon the world has ever known? Silence may mean evil prevails, while speaking up may make him culpable in opening a Pandora's Box the likes the world has never seen.
In the final episode, we deal with what is left of our famed genius, pacifist, scientists, futurists, and artist, to name a few of the titles Einstein deserved to have bestowed upon him. What can we learn from what is left? How can we learn to harness his special powers that have forever changed humanity?