Tonight we got our first look at COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey hosted by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.
The original Cosmos: A Personal Voyage was produced in 1978 and 1979 by Los Angeles PBS affiliate KCET. The series was hosted by Carl Sagan. Sagan was an American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist.
The original series is notable for its groundbreaking use of special effects, which allow Sagan to seemingly walk through environments that are actually models rather than full-sized sets. ~ Wikipedia.
Today the sequel aired here on the East coast. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson an American astrophysicist, author, and science communicator. And like the original series, Dr. Tyson walks through space and time similar to Dr. Sagan; but of course in 2014 the technology for special effects has propelled the visual art to an unbelievably realistic perspective.
The show mentions Sagan throughout the its first episode and I like that. But at the end, there’s a very touching moment where Dr. Tyson shows Dr. Sagan’s desk calendar. And there on a Saturday is a scheduled meeting between the two. Dr. Sagan spend the day with a young Neil Tyson and cemented his path into astrophysics. Imagine if that meeting had never taken place.
The show takes us on a journey through the cosmos and shares some interesting information about the history of astrophysics here on Earth and how we perceive the Universe today. Dr. Tyson share a story of Nicolaus Copernicus and his astronomical successor Giordano Bruno through a cartoon walk through their lives. The cartoon is so much better than the use of actors trying to portray a re-enactment. I truly enjoyed that effort.
We were enthralled with the first episode. They truly altered time by making 60minutes seem like 10. We didn’t want the episode to end. It was over way too quickly. A sign of a really good show!
Mom followed the show on Twitter and shared some of the many tweets from @NASA, @COSMOSonTV and the tens of thousands watching and tweeting along with the show with the hashtags #WatchingCOSMOS and #COSMOS. The tweets were scrolling past the screen so quickly that you could barely read them!
But one tweet from COSMOSonTV caught my eye. The show will be providing an App! Kewl! They describe the app on their website as:
The COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY app is a companion to the groundbreaking series. The app will be available via Google Play and the iTunes App Store in the very near future.
I hope the near future means real soon! I know you can down load the FOX NOW app to view clips and watch full episodes of shows (available day after airing). I’m hoping the specific app for the show will provide that as well.
All in all, it was a great start to a new series that I hope lasts for decades! 5 Stars to the 1st episode.