Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, a reboot of Carl Sagan’s popular science series, premiered last night and the numbers are not looking fantastic. Astrophysicist, and science advocate, Neil deGrasse Tyson took over hosting duties for the new series. While his deep timbre can expertly deliver the classic ‘billions and billions” line from the original program, with 5.8 million viewers on Fox the resulting viewership is less than stellar.
Produced by A Million Ways To Die In The West'sSeth MacFarlane and Ann Druyan, the series updates the world on what science has discovered since the original ended. Cosmos, the original, is considered by everyone as the most important public outreach by the scientific community. It presented accurate scientific concepts that are complex and beyond the ken of average people without specialized degrees in an entertaining and easily digestible way.
A black screen bleeds into images of the planets and of nature on Earth before cutting into images of shielded spaceships and levitating children. A few bits of animation are interposed between shots of Earth in places most of us have only seen through television outlets. Nary a word is spoken during the trailer, but its enough to get us excited about Fox’s Cosmos reboot
Science has produced a vast array of important discoveries to make our life easier, better, and sometimes just plain more fun. It could be argued that to the average person the 1980 13 part series Cosmos was the most important scientific event since the moon landing.