Saturday, February 1, 2014

Cosmos Returns!

Carl Sagan's legacy lives on as a new version of Cosmos is coming back to TV. The show's first run on PBS in 1980 as Cosmos - A Personal Voyage was one of the top documentaries ever produced. Through his writing and his media appearances Carl Sagan had a profound and positive influence on so many people - including myself.

The media market has certainly changed enormously in the last 34 years and I hope that the new version, Cosmos - A Space Time Odyssey, will become just as successful.
In the new version Neil deGrasse Tyson takes over as host. The show is written by Sagan's widow Ann Druyan, who co-wrote the original version with Sagan. Here's the trailer for the new show, which debuts on Fox on March 9:

It certainly looks faster and edgier than the original Cosmos, but that isn't too surprising as that is what today's market expects.
In spite of it being somewhat dated now, Sagan's Cosmos is still very much worth watching. It is out on DVD (I have the set), but also available on line.

I wonder if the new series will have any moments like this one:
I hope so.

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