NDT as narrator of the new "Cosmos"

NDT as narrator of the new “Cosmos”

Jax is on vacation! So today’s post and next Tuesday’s post will be short and sweet. Well…they will be short. =)

Today, I want to encourage you to watch the re-launch of the education program “Cosmos.” The original series, called “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage,” launched in 1980 and starred Carl Sagan, the acclaimed and widely known astronomer, astrophysicist, and cosmologist — who also co-wrote the episodes. Dr. Sagan inspired many a youngsters, myself included, and some went on to become astronomers and astrophysicists. Among these inspired minds is Neil DeGrasse Tyson, who is now the narrator for the new Cosmos series, called “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.” Full disclosure, I have a serious schoolgirl crush on Dr. Tyson. With his sleepy eyes, and kind voice, and no-nonsense demeanor – he is just dreamy. And now I get to see him every week! At least for a while.

The show re-launched on March 9th. I’ve watched three episodes so far and I’m hooked. I wouldn’t call myself a Cosmo-phile just yet, though. I think there are some editorial and flow issues that need addressing. Then again, how do you cover the cosmos smoothly in one hour? There is so much you could say about even the tiniest part of our galaxy! The graphics are impressive for television and IMO the production value is high. The crew on this show is impressive, too.

Among the executive producers are Seth MacFarlane [of Family Guy fame], whose clout and financial investment was instrumental in bringing the show to broadcast television, and Ann Druyan, Sagan’s widow and a co-creator of the original series. The show is produced by Brannon Braga [Executive Producer on the 3/4 Star Trek re-launches]…” — Wikipedia

I highly recommend you give the show a try if you haven’t already. You can check out clips from the show here. I’ve been watching it On Demand on Fox. Have you been watching? What do you think?

Featured image, a picture of the Milky Way (I think), from the episode “A Sky Full of Ghosts.”