So… apparently Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy, has some serious clout with FOX. How serious? Enough that he has managed to get them to air a “sequel” to Carl Sagan’s stunningly spectacular series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, to be hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, and aired on primetime.
Let me repeat that. Sequel to Cosmos. Hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. On FOX. In primetime. Spearheaded by the creator of Family Guy.
I’m a bit bewildered and confused but simultaneously really excited.
Now, I’m sure there is going to be a bit of change up in style in order to connect with a modern audience. Sagan speaks with astounding poetic power to explain the concepts of science. Tyson is a bit more lighthearted and energetic. I think so long as the message is the same, that science is a powerful and the best tool to understand the universe in which we live and the best true hope for our continued enlightenment as a species, then I’ll be perfectly content with this production. And my hopes may be well placed as the new series as Ann Druyan and Steve Soter, who helped write the original series, are on board for the new one.
I only watched Cosmos last year on Netflix, but for being 30 years old it still powerful and poignant. It is likely the best documentary series ever made, and certainly the best I’ve ever seen. If you haven’t watched it, check out the first few minutes here, and then head to Netflix and get watching.
Did you enjoy the five minutes linked above? If you did, you can at least start your journey with Carl with the entirety of episode 1, right here:
EDIT: It has come to my attention that Netflix no longer streams Cosmos. Shame on them! You know who does have it though? Hulu.