Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Science needs the light of free expression to flourish, says host astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson of Fox’s new series “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.” The show premiered on Sunday, March 9. Producer Seth MacFarlane, best known for his “Family Guy” series, assisted in the reboot of the original epic “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage,” hosted by the late Dr. Carl Sagan.
The first episode, “Standing up in the Milky Way,” pays homage to the original series by opening with an introduction from Sagan.
The original 13-hour series was a guided trip through history and the galaxies led by Sagan. IMDB.com reports this took place on an ‘imagination ship,’ with help from the first generation of graphic designers and their efforts to reveal the special effects of the 80’s. The original series was groundbreaking for that time period.
Since the success of Sagan’s A Personal Voyage Cosmos, there has not been another show of its kind until now. MacFarlane and Ann Druyan, Sagan’s widow, came together to reconstruct the next generation’s experience with space.
In the most recent episode, “Hiding in the Light,” Tyson takes the audience on a historical digital tour of various philosophers, also known as “masters of light,” stemming from ancient China to Issaac Newton’s rainbow ‘spectrum’ discovery. Even if you’re not a science buff, you’ll enjoy the host’s humorous interjections and the phenomenal graphics.
The new Cosmos series may not have been as well-received by viewers as hoped, only 5.8 million tuned in for the premiere. However, the innovations are as mind blowing as the original and credit must be given where credit is due. The episodes give more than a glimpse into the science that makes miracles everyday, which are taken for granted by current generations who are blessed with technological literacy.
DeGrasse Tyson’s passion can be detected within the first 30 seconds of the show and continues to keep the viewer engaged and eager to learn more. His guidance is incomparable to any high school or college lecture.