Cosmos A Spacetime Odyssey Makes Its Debut
Cosmos A Spacetime Odyssey returns 30 years after its original debut! It’s hard to keep a concept as good as the late Carl Sagan’s original show “Cosmos” off of prime-time television, and after a long hiatus, like the Phoenix, Cosmos A Spacetime Odyssey rises from the ashes. This new version of the show, hosted by famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson made its network debut on Fox the other day and drew a strong audience of over 8 1/2 million viewers. Like the original show which had 13 episodes and aired on PBS in the early 1980’s, the new 13-part Cosmos A Spacetime Odyssey is the modern day follow-up that aims to capture that same spirit, but with much better Hollywood style visual effects and all of the new discoveries that are now possible with today’s technology.
About pitching the idea for the show Tyson explained, that “for science to matter in the 21st century, it would require some level of mainstreaming. It would require for someone to buy into it, other than scientists.” After hearing about the idea of relaunching the series at the inaugural gathering of the Science and Entertainment Exchange, a branch of the National Academy of Sciences, Seth MacFarlane, creator of The Family Guy and a gentleman who recently made our awesome list of 10 Highly Influential Atheists In Hollywood asked if he could produce the show and pitch the idea to Fox and here we are today.
Cosmos A Space Odyssey is co-written and produced by Ann Druyan, who is the widow of Carl Sagan. “Cosmos is the story of how we found our coordinates in space and in time, as a species,” Druyan explained, “And it’s a story, many stories, that can be told and must be told, every generation. And so this new Cosmos has some of the genes of the original, and I hope all of the heart of the original, but we have many new stories to tell, and many new trips to take.”
Prepare For An Amazing Ride
The first episode in Cosmos A Spacetime Odyssey covered some major ground all in less than an hour. It went from the big bang, to evolution, and even takes a moment to tell the story of Giordano Bruno, a man who was persecuted and then put to death by the church in the 1600’s for his beliefs that the Earth was not the center of the universe and that the Earth in fact rotated around the Sun. It explored our solar system, and each of the planets, talked about galaxies, and I’m sure left some people awake for the first time to what is really out there, what we do know, and open to new ideas. The amazing imagery and stunning graphics the show uses really keep you glued in, and the way they break down some of the more complex science for a broad audience is near brilliant.
One of my favorite aspects about the show was how they take all of what we know and timeline it placing it into a calendar consisting of one year. Each day on the calendar represents 40 million years. Midnight on December 31 represents where we are at current day, and 12:01am January 1 represents the big bang. This is such an easy way of looking at it, and the perfect way to present this sort of material to children. Really great stuff. Anyway, if you missed it, be sure to catch an encore, watch the next episode, and check out the trailer below:
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