Season Finale Tuesday, June 20 at 9 PM ET/PT
on National Geographic Channel
In the season finale, Einstein (Geoffrey Rush) and Elsa (Emily Watson) settle into America, their minds never far from those they left behind. Although quantum physics continues to vex Einstein, his focus is diverted by the splitting of the atom in Nazi Germany. When a personal tragedy strikes, he seeks comfort in the arms of a Russian woman whose intentions are unclear.
After the atomic bomb is dropped and World War II ends, Einstein assumes the role of world citizen. Having been linked to nuclear weapons, he drowns in guilt and refocuses his efforts to prevent further wars while continuing his quest to create a full and complete picture of the laws of physics. Inspiration strikes when a young neighbor asks him for homework help, reminding him of the joy that science once brought.
If you have missed any of the previous episodes, you can catch up on Sunday, June 18 when National Geographic Channel airs a season one “Genius” marathon from 2:45 to 11 PM ET/PT.
From the Academy Award winners Brien Grazer and Ron Howard this extremely polished ten-episode season represents National Geographic’s first scripted anthology series, focusing on scientist Albert Einstein and is based on Walter Isaacson’s critically acclaimed book “Einstein: His Life and Universe,” adapted by writer Noah Pink. The all-star cast includes aforementioned Academy Award-winner Geoffrey Rush as the elder Einstein, Johnny Flynn as Einstein in his youth, and the aforementioned Emily Watson as the enigmatic genius’s second wife—and first cousin—Elsa Einstein. “Genius” charts how an imaginative, rebellious patent clerk, who couldn’t get a teaching job or a doctorate, unlocked the mysteries of the atom and the universe.