Cosmos #1

This 2014 series featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson is a re-creation of Carl Sagan’s original series from 1980. Tyson opens the episode to reflect on the importance of Sagan’s original Cosmos, and the goals of this series.

Then it’s into the “Ship of the Imagination”, for a reflection on our place in the universe. Just when it’s getting a bit vague, he concentrates on the persecution of Renaissance Italian Giordano Bruno who challenged the prevailing geocentric model held by the Catholic Church. This is illustrated by a hand-painted animation.

Then he is using the concept of the Cosmic Calendar to provide a metaphor for this scale. The narration describes how if the Big Bang occurred on January 1, all of humankind’s recorded history would be compressed into the last few seconds of the last minute on December 31. An old device, but it works to set the stage.

Produced by Seth MacFarlane and Brannon Braga (Star Trek) with music by Alan Silvestri.