When I was a kid, I was fascinated with science and technology, and most of all, with space. I remember watching Carl Sagan’s original TV show Cosmos in school and always being captivated by Sagan’s absolute passion for all things in the universe. As sad as it is to say, after Carl Sagan stopped doing these programs, there wasn’t really anyone who took his place and maintained the public interest in space exploration. There was always NASA, and more recently astronauts like Chris Hadfield who have made people young and old rediscover the wonder of the universe. But for me there was still no one like Sagan. Until through YouTube I discovered Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Tyson has that same ability to pull your attention in and his every word exudes his passion for the science. Family Guy’s Seth McFarlane realized this and decided to reboot Sagan’s old series with Tyson as the host and the result is pure bliss.
Now on Blu-ray and DVD, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey puts Tyson as host in a computer generated ‘ship of the imagination’ that travels to all the reaches of the universe. He not only explores the standard stuff like our solar system, the sun, the conditions of other planets, asteroids, black holes and such, but he also delves into our planet and its place in the universe. He also ventures outside of our galaxy to see what else is beyond our usual musings. He discusses evolution, life in general and where it comes from and what sustains it, and what other possibilities there are for us as a human race.
Tyson is wholly immersed in what he talks about and his passion for it comes through plainly and is highly contagious. I found myself wanting to play episode after episode just to suck in more knowledge. The CG animations are top notch and the Blu-rays look absolutely wonderful. The other great thing about this series is that Tyson never gets too technical, this is a show you can watch with your kids and there will be plenty to keep everybody engaged. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is a wonderful show that more people should watch, maybe put it on for an hour in place of the depressing news every night, you’ll find you are much more optimistic about life afterwards. Highly recommended.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.