Last night, the wait was over – Cosmos premiered on Fox and Nat Geo. Let me start by saying I have a bit of a platonic nerd crush on Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist extraordinaire. If I had started reading his books in high school I probably wouldn’t have been so meh about science. He just has a knack for explaining excruciatingly complex ideas in ways that a person of average intellect can actually comprehend, and you can tell that he is passionate about his science. All of this to say that when I heard he was hosting the reboot of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos I was excited.
Overall, I thought the show was excellent. Tyson does a tremendous job going over a LOT of information. He starts off explaining where the Earth is in the vastness of the universe, which can lead to a bit of an existential crisis if it hits you right, then heads off into the history of Giordano Bruno, who was killed for believing in Heliocentrism.
The historical scenes featuring Bruno were done in an interesting looking animation that was reminiscent of the animation used in Harry Potter: the Deathly Hallows Part I. From there Tyson went over a brief history of the cosmos and then onto an even briefer history of humanity.
I thought the presentation was absolutely gorgeous. Everything was very clean and sleek, especially the “views” of outer space. Neil deGrasse Tyson is a tremendous host and did a great job going over a lot of complex ideas and making it very interesting. I definitely recommend checking it out. It airs Sunday nights on Fox and Monday nights on Nat Geo. At the very end of the show, Tyson picks up Carl Sagan’s calendar book from the 1970’s and shows the name “Neil Tyson” penciled in on December 20. He then tells the story of how Sagan, one of the biggest names in science, took time out of his busy schedule to meet with a 19 year old aspiring scientist from the Bronx. That was probably one of the most personal moments of the show, and it definitely makes the viewer connect to the show and the show’s host on a personal level. If you are interested in checking it out, I imagine Nat Geo is going to be re-airing it nonstop for the foreseeable future.