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  • Starring: Neil DeGrasse Tyson
  • Summary: Based on Carl Sagan's original Cosmos series, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts this new version executive produced by Ann Druyan, Steven Soter, and Seth MacFarlane.
  • Genre(s): Documentary, Science, Educational
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Mar 7, 2014
    100
    It's educational, kid-oriented and fun, and Tyson us confidently smooth popularizer of science. [17 Mar 2014]
  2. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Mar 6, 2014
    100
    At least the first episode of the new Cosmos is terrific. And if the other 12 episodes are as good, the series will serve as a valuable continuation of Sagan's legacy.
  3. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Mar 6, 2014
    91
    It's a show that stands entirely on its own while never forgetting the series that inspired it.
  4. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Mar 7, 2014
    80
    It’s all done with brilliant imagery and crisp production that differs from Sagan’s primarily because the technology just keeps getting better.
  5. Reviewed by: Geoff Berkshire
    Mar 7, 2014
    80
    The premiere episode nimbly balances information with visual spectacle, forging a middle ground between sci-fi and science fact.
  6. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Mar 6, 2014
    75
    The reboot, with only Episode 1 to go by, looks like a noble, educational and decidedly visual effort that can only be enhanced by the HD crystal clarity that Sagan never had a chance to behold.
  7. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Mar 7, 2014
    60
    Where Sagan’s narrative often approached poetry, Dr. Tyson’s can sound like an overwrought, overamplified planetarium show.... The animation used to present his story resembles low-budget anime and isn’t terribly absorbing. Bruno deserves better. Nit-picking aside, if the new Cosmos doesn’t deliver quite the punch of the original, it’s because this isn’t 1980.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 86
  2. Negative: 26 out of 86
  1. Mar 9, 2014
    10
    As a huge fan of the original series, I'm happy to let you know the pilot continued the legacy of the great Carl Sagan behind the veryAs a huge fan of the original series, I'm happy to let you know the pilot continued the legacy of the great Carl Sagan behind the very respectable Neil DeGrasse Tyson with great overview and some eye candy visuals. I expect that the science will get more detailed once it focuses on more succinct subjects but so far it was an absolute joy for the anticipation!! Expand
  2. Oct 11, 2014
    10
    When I first watched the trailer for Cosmos, I knew I was in for a great treat. Neil DeGrasse Tyson takes us on a fabulous and stunningWhen I first watched the trailer for Cosmos, I knew I was in for a great treat. Neil DeGrasse Tyson takes us on a fabulous and stunning journey through the wonders of our universe. View in awe a trip from our planet to the end of the observable universe, witness the creation of the universe and its transition through time within just ten minutes using a cosmic calendar, and see the friendship between Edmond Halley and Sir Issac Newton. What really makes this documentary is the visual effects. Thanks to the technology of today, these effects look very realistic. They allow us to leave our sight limits and envision things beyond our imagination, like the Virgo Supercluster. It also allows to look back in the past, and see how life evolved from bacteria, to the Tiktaalik, all the way to our species. There is also another side of these visual effects, which is the cartoon segment, a very huge contrast from that of the other effects. These effects normally are utilized for talking about scientists or people in the past, like Giordano Bruno or Galileo. I believe it works well because since we are used to cartoons, we do not expect the pictures to be stunning and perhaps people would start to get annoyed if it was just all realistic effects throughout the program. The choice to use cartoons for this portion instead of using actors is much better, because using actors would make it more corny and humorous. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was the perfect choice for this, after all he is an astrophysicist. Tyson makes everything clear and understandable to the viewer and the camera position on Tyson makes it look like he is talking directly at you, which makes you listen and pay attention. This documentary has taught me things that I have never known, and the topics are really intriguing. If you are curious about our universe, or just perhaps looking for an interesting program, Cosmos is the perfect choice. Believe me, you will not regret it. Expand
  3. Jun 4, 2014
    10
    “The World Set Free”—As the series progresses, Cosmos keeps getting better. Unfortunately, Episode 1 was probably the weakest episode. Cosmos“The World Set Free”—As the series progresses, Cosmos keeps getting better. Unfortunately, Episode 1 was probably the weakest episode. Cosmos is at its best when it remains in the area for which it was intended, that is, the cosmos itself. Previous episodes have explored not so much the universe as the history of science, with one episode dedicated to Michael Faraday, who invented the first electric motor and laid the foundation for most of the appliances and devices we use today. Another episode was dedicated to telling the story of Clair Patterson, who understood the dangers of lead poisoning and helped to bring an end to the use of leaded gasoline. The animated graphics that were a bit distracting in Episode 1 have improved and are used less often, the narratives are better, and the intolerance and mild hostility of the atheist agenda have thankfully been dropped from the program.

    The best episode so far takes us back into outer space where we belong, and gives us a visit to Venus and a clear explanation for the science behind climate change and global warming. Tyson gives fair footage to the climate deniers as he proceeds to dismiss their favorite theories. No, it's not the volcanoes that are blowing all that CO2 into the atmosphere; they contribute barely 2%. Nor is it the sun, which has remained stable throughout the history of civilization. The climate deniers like to gleefully point out that meteorologists cannot even accurately predict the weather. That's irrelevant, Tyson explains with resigned patience and wisdom. The weather is a short-term prediction with factors that can intercede at the last moment and change the forecast. The climate is the long-term collection of data that shows trends that cannot be discounted or ignored. And if weather data only started being collected in the late 1800's, the history of the planet's climate is to be accurately assessed from geological evidence such as analysis of sediment layers and records of past sea levels, among many other sources of geological data.

    Tyson then shows us the history of climate change on Venus. Evidence suggests that Venus should have been Earth's twin planet, somewhat warmer but not the hellish fireball that it has become. Venus may have had an ocean that got boiled away by the early sun and caused what is known as a “runaway greenhouse effect.” Although it was brought about by natural causes, it serves as a stark warning for Earth as we continue to pump billions of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere with our fossil fuels. Tyson ends the program with hope for new technologies—wind turbines (especially offshore where they take up no space and cause no inconvenience for homeowners) and solar energy, already discovered in the late 1700's with hope for development in Egypt by Frank Shuman in the nineteenth century, but quickly usurped by the availability of cheap coal and oil.

    A few flashbacks to the theories of Carl Sagan were better integrated into the program than previously, segments which are obviously dear to the executive producer, Ann Druyan, Sagan's widow.
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  4. Mar 22, 2014
    10
    Ha! The Christian trolls are out in force on this one. Guess what?! Genesis is not science! Get over it! Great show, The writing isHa! The Christian trolls are out in force on this one. Guess what?! Genesis is not science! Get over it! Great show, The writing is inspiring and informational, and it's always great to see Neil Tyson's face and hear his voice. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the show. Fox has a website so you can watch it online whenever you want, and you don't have to deal with the commercials. Google the website, watch it over and over, learn it, tell your friends. Yeah Science! Expand
  5. Mar 23, 2014
    9
    Brilliantly presented story for newcomers and believers alike. Gets one to wonder and enhance their curiosity, serving the purpose of aBrilliantly presented story for newcomers and believers alike. Gets one to wonder and enhance their curiosity, serving the purpose of a science show. For all the believers, hope this show can present a concept beyond Religion's simple, complete view of everything. Which has served its purpose in evolution, in bringing the humans to 20th century and above all serving the basic human needs, which in a basic view will continue to do so in the future. Unfortunately it falls short after the basic needs. You need a new view of life to understand beyond that. Science is the answer, at least explore it ! Enjoy the show ! Expand
  6. Mar 18, 2014
    3
    This is a great disappointment from the original. With wooden animation instead of live actors, eighteen minutes of commercials, absolutelyThis is a great disappointment from the original. With wooden animation instead of live actors, eighteen minutes of commercials, absolutely uninspiring music (listen to the original Vangeles soaring theme if you want to be inspired), and the big Fuzzy Door logo jumping in at the end as if they ran out of time and to remind us that Family Guy and America Dad were just part of the show. I'm expecting Stewie to show up with his time machine to take us back to the big bang in one of these episodes. The original Cosmos was the most incredible and awe inspiring tv show I had ever seen. I'm afraid this one is a disappointment. Expand
  7. Sep 23, 2014
    0
    science? haha no

    #fail Unfortunately this horrifically poor show has ended with cancelation albeit not swiftly enough according to
    science? haha no

    #fail

    Unfortunately this horrifically poor show has ended with cancelation albeit not swiftly enough according to justice. This was a huge time waste with no redeeming value.
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