Last night I had the great pleasure of watching the World Premiere of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey at the Adler Planetarium. The Adler was one of just 10 places in the Country that was chosen to host the event, which was billed as the largest premiere for a television series in history.
Cosmos, for those that do not know, is a new 13-part miniseries based off the original 1980 series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage.
Hosted by the world famous astrophysicist, and head of Hayden Planetarium in New York City, Neil deGrasse Tyson, the first episode of the show explores Giordano Bruno's idea that the Sun was one of many in the galaxy. Though we all know that to be true now, Bruno was burned at the stake for this belief.
After exploring Bruno, the audience is taken on a journey of the creation of the cosmos by using a Cosmic Calendar. The calendar puts it into perspective exactly how little time we have been on Earth, and how small a role we have played in the creation of the universe.
Once the premiere was over, audiences were treated to a special Q&A with Tyson; Ann Druyan, Carl Sagan's wife; Seth MacFarlane, of Family Guy fame; Mitchell Cannold; Brannon Braga; and Jason Clark. If you missed it, you can watch the Q&A online by clicking here.
To drive home the theme of the series, Tyson says during the Q&A, "We are not alone, we are not special."
MacFarlane replies to that statement by saying, "You just blew my fucking mind." MacFarlane goes on to ask the audience not to go home and kill them self because of what Tyson has revealed.
Tyson comes back to make amends by reinstating that "we are made of star stuff." This is also a statement they make during the actual series when Tyson is describing that everything in the cosmos is made of star dust.
While the Q&A was full of fun and laughs, the actual series is full of intriguing facts. This is definitely a show that everybody needs to watch. You not only need to watch it, you need to open your mind and absorb it. It is sure to go down in television history, just as its predecessor did.
To make sure you do not miss this event, be sure you tune in this Sunday, March 9, 2014, at 8:00 p.m Central, for the television premiere of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. The first episode will air on Fox, FX, FXX, FXM, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Nat Geo, Nat Geo Wild, and Fox Life. Only Fox and Nat Geo will air episodes 2 - 13.
I promise that you will not be disappointed. Even though I went into the Premier just expecting to kill a few hours, I left a huge fan full of excitement for what the rest of the series will reveal.
Finally, for those in Chicago, after you watch the series on Sunday nights, be sure to go to Adler each Monday during their cafe hours (10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.) to learn more about the Cosmos. Adler will have resources available to answer any questions that you may have.
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