This show is a masterpiece of television, enthralling and exhilarating, pushing the horizons of your mind farther than you ever thought possible. Told in a simple but not condescending way so as to be understandable to a wider audience, this show takes very difficult and complex concepts and breaks them down into readily digestible chunks of knowledge. Gorgeous special effects, a unique style of animation, beautiful music reminiscent of the soundtrack of Contact, spectacular cinematography and of course the gravitas-rich voice and person of Neil deGrasse Tyson make this a feast for the senses as well as being very satisfying nourishment for the mind. Each gorgeously crafted episode explores places and things the average person never thinks about, courtesy of a sleek “ship of the imagination” which can go absolutely anywhere. Unbelievably creative and thoughtful, this show never fails to elicit a frisson of excitement, spurring me to think about science in a way previously only reserved for chocolate and a good book. It could easily have taken a derogatory tone towards religion but instead illustrates that science and faith don’t have to be in conflict. Cosmos invites you to dive into the unknown and take a swim in the deep oceans of the universe, learning all sorts of interesting things along the way. Gloriously profound and ingenious, this is a celebration of history and the exploration of new scientific frontiers, all wrapped up with a big bow just waiting for the viewer to open it. Rest easy, Carl Sagan, your legacy is in good hands, ready for the next generation of thinkers and philosophers to push farther into the cosmos than ever before. [This show seems to really polarize viewers in that they either love it or hate it, both of them loudly. For the record, I’m a political conservative and a strong Christian. Science and religion are two sides of the same coin, so why do people feel the need to choose between them and then spew such vitriol at the other camp?] – BETHANY
This is another of my reviews that was repeatedly pulled from the Netflix website because it was “objectionable”. I ask you, is there anything in my review you would term offensive or inappropriate? I don’t think there is anything that meets that criteria, which means people simply disagreed with what I said. Since most of the ‘hate’ reviews of Cosmos are from the super religious, I’m guessing it was they who thought my positive impression of the show was an insult to their own theology. Sometimes I’m embarrassed to be associated with other Christians, as they give the rest of us a bad name. Come on, people, everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
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Ship of the Imagination traversing a strand of DNA
Neil deGrasse Tyson on the bridge of the Ship of the Imagination
Joseph Fraunhofer experiments with prisms
The cosmic calendar
Photos courtesy of Cosmos Studios, Fuzzy Door Productions and Santa Fe Studios