Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey [Blu-ray]
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Tyson is one of the most famous astrophysicists alive. His involvement in NOVA and his podcast 'Startalk' have made him a rockstar among the scientific-literate youth. Ann Druyan (who co-wrote the original Cosmos) helped produce and write this revamp. Seth Macfarlane, better known for starting the show Family Guy, it seems has always been interested in science...this revamped version of Cosmos came about when Seth ran into Tyson at a meeting at the National Academy of Sciences. Who woulda thought?
Now onto the show:
In the first episode, you are invited aboard the Ship of the Imagination. It's a sleek vessel that allows Tyson and the viewer to go anywhere: from the edge of the universe to the nucleus of an atom. It's a fantastic way to get to the places that Tyson is describing in the narration.
The cinematography is jaw dropping. 3D renderings of galaxies, nebulae, asteroid fields, atoms, storms on Jupiter, etc are scattered throughout each show...and they look 100% real. There are moments where animated cartoons are used, usually representing a story about past scientists or philosophers...I thought the cartoon animations would detract from the shows grandeur, but that doesn't seem to be the case - the animations are beautiful and tasteful.
The music score, by Alan Silvestri, is perfect for this series. Silvestri has scored soundtracks for movies like Contact, Castaway, Forrest Gump...and for Cosmos he has used his talent to create yet another fantastic score. It gives the show a perfect sound to go along with the visuals...Read more ›
The team has done an incredible job of teaching difficult concepts, recounting some of the incredible stories of scientific breakthroughs in history, and creating that sense of wonder about discovery.
Although I myself am not learning much new science (but actually a great deal of the history of science) this show is not aimed at scientists. The show is aimed at the curious, from age 7 to nearly dead. It is about not only science but really about the scientific method and the glorious exploration of the world around us. Along the way, Neil does two things I did not expect. He outlines a great deal about scientists lives and he takes direct aim at creationist pet "facts". In the first three episodes he has dismantled many creationists favorite "go to" arguments. He systematically outlined the evolution of the eye (this is a big favorite of creationists, who argue the eye is too complex to have evolved), hit on the whole issue of the common ancestors of apes and men, and delineated the age of comets, which does not jive with the young earth view. And he does it deftly and with not so subtle jabs, calling the story of the universe and our place in it the "greatest story ever told". Type that phrase into google, and the entire first page of results are references to Jesus, or movies about Jesus. Not science. But Neil seems determined to change that viewpoint.
If you have kids between age 8 and 18, this should be required family viewing. Unless you are a creationist, if so you better avoid Cosmos because this show will cause your children to ask you uncomfortable questions.
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A pale shadow of the Carl Sagan original. Topics were disjointed. Animations were childish and often hateful in nature. Political agenda permeated throughout. Read morePublished 22 days ago by C. Jackson
This cd is wonderful jounney through the universe. Neil deGrasse Tyson is a great narrator that adds science fact into the narrative.Published 24 days ago by Michael Fischer
This is an interesting series, never have I seen an educational documentary with such an obvious bias, it has a thinly-veiled anti-religious agenda. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Alex H
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