Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey with Neil DeGrasse Tyson debuted on March 9th on Fox and was exactly what I was afraid of. This series, with its visuals, its writing and its host is exactly what I expected from this series. It opened with Carl Sagan's words, in his own voice, included the dandelion seed and the ship of the imagination, and drew beautiful to the themes that Sagan himself set up over 30 years ago.
And I loved it!
The first episode was everything I could have hoped for! The art is striking, the science is more up to date, and the Tyson carries Sagan's torch of teaching, mentoring, and love of science very well. Basically, the guy knew he had HUGE shoes to fill and he did it. Homerun. Out of the park. Hands down.
This first episode packed a great deal into it's first hour (40-ish minutes if you don't count the commercials) and I was riveted! I sat on my couch at home with my computer on my lap posting #COSMOS status updates on my Facebook page as I watched and joined in as many of my Facebook friends joined me in the debut of this great series.
The only complaint I have is that it was too short. There were parts that felt rushed and I was hoping the'd go into deeper, but I suppose that's what future episodes are for! :)
There were little that did not paste a smile to my face, but there was one part that literally brought tears to my eyes. It was Tyson's commentary, his homage to Sagan as he recounted the first time they met when Tyson was a teenager.
Tyson held true to the theme that science is an ongoing process in which the former generation 'passes the torch' to the next and trusts that the will continue the search for meaning and our place within the cosmos. His story was so touching that it conveyed a man who truly loved and deeply respected the man that inspired him to enter into the sciences and who later would take up a journey and a call to carry on Sagan's legacy.
This is a series that will speak to those who love the old series (and I certainly do, I watch it when I'm drunk) and those who are new to it.
This is what I think. What do you think?
"We are made of starstuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself."
- Carl Sagan, Cosmos: A Personal Journey
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