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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Cosmos off to a Good Start

The first episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey premiered tonight and it was great. I was pleased to see Carl Sagan's work continue in the 21st century. This was the first of 13 episodes to air on 10 channels related to the FOX network. Neil deGrasse Tyson had a great on screen presence. The script was wonderfully updated and written by Ann Druyan and Steven Soter should be proud of their new work and new partners in Tyson and Seth MacFarlane.

I especially loved the infusion of the animated sequences into the mix of computer and live action shots. I think had the ability to do so with the class that was done tonight, it would have been done in the 1980s original.

About the only thing I wasn't sure about was the use of President Obama at the beginning introducing the show. Let alone the problems associated with an administration that hasn't really kept space exploration and innovation as high as a priority as he campaigned for in 2008...still it goes to show just how much traction and following COSMOS has gained since Sagan wrote the book and released the first series.

Could you imagine President Reagan or President Carter taking the time to introduce a television science documentary in 1980?

Still have 12 episodes left. There have been a lot of new discoveries since the original COSMOS aired, and it is going to be great to see those included in the new series. More importantly, all these new discoveries have given us plenty of new questions to ask. Tyson and Sagan both have described science as a cooperative enterprise. Couldn't agree more with that belief. Most efforts in life that are critical to our survival as a species and a planet are cooperative enterprises.

When the first COSMOS hit the airwaves, the United States and the USSR were at the height of the Cold War and he used his position as an advocate in the scientific community to warn citizens of Earth of the dangers of nuclear war and to urge nations to cooperatively work together for peace.

I am curious to see if there are similar messages of nations working together in common cause that might sneak through in the next 12 episodes. We'll see next Sunday night!
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