Necessary Continuation of a Personal Voyage
There was next to nothing this show could have done to meet the high expectations set for it. Nevertheless, it managed to hold its own and continue the legacy created by its namesake. Neil deGrasse Tyson is the best successor we have for Carl Sagan.
The show brings to light new discoveries and further elaborates on previously covered topics. The show was imaginative and interesting, though, despite not being derivative, it still felt more illustrative than groundbreaking.
While I am grateful for this new Cosmos, I still prefer the original; and while this version is equally important, I feel the most important thing it can hope to achieve is drawing the attention of people too young to have watched the original into watching the original masterpiece.
“Human history can be viewed as a slowly dawning awareness that we are members of a larger group… If we are to survive, our loyalties must be broadened further, to include the whole human community, the entire planet Earth”
— Carl Sagan
“Maybe a good start would be to recognize within yourself the ability to understand anything, as long as it’s explained clearly enough. And then go and ask for explanations. And if you’re thinking ‘Well what do I ask for?’ ask yourself if there’s anything in your life you want changed. That’s where to start.”
— James Burke
“It was by common consent one of the greatest events in the history of the world, opening up the West and East for the first time; an extraordinary tale of bravery and cruelty, endurance and excess, chivalry and greed; a journey of ten years and 22,000 miles all told, enough to circle the globe.
Behind it, like the wrack of a receding tide, it has left strange and glittering debris: lost cities, blue-eyed Indians, exotic treasures, ancient manuscripts, and a great harvest of amazing stories, songs, poems, myths and legends.”
— Michael Wood