Archive of ‘Cosmos’ category

Carl Sagan is the Real Star of Cosmos Finale “Unafraid of the Dark”

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

“Unafraid of the Dark” is the season finale of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. My criticism towards the show has softened as I’ve started recommending it to random teenagers I know, but I still feel like Cosmos is more a show of “science-y feelings” than actual science. As always it’s visually stunning, but strangely hollow. Scientific…

Cosmos’s The Immortals: Fiasoces and Facism

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Perhaps it was the choice of music, but this episode of Cosmos seemed uncharacteristically silly. Not cheesy, mind you, but down right silly. Ravel’s Bolero which is heard early in the episode is also used in one of my favorite episodes of This American Life. The episode in question is called “Fiasco” and it is…

Cosmos’ The Electric Boy is Magnetic

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

At last a Cosmos episode I wholeheartedly like. Within the first few moments, Neil Degrasse Tyson poses a question, and forty minutes later he explains it. Incidentally, it follows a beloved hallmark that is reminiscent of This American Life. Each week, we bring you a theme and today’s theme is on the triumvirate of electricity,…

Cosmos’ Sisters of the Sun: Women Can Be Scientists Too

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey comes out on DVD on June 10th! I have written earlier about how Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey disinterests me, but I have always held onto the hope that if it was just a little more tightly written, I would become a convert. Well, the last two episodes of Cosmos have been…

Cosmos Episode 7: Action Heroes, Superheroes, and Big Oil

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey comes out on DVD on June 10th! With is the mysterious black and red substance that our bespectacled hero is seeing? Is there an alien substance clinging to our surfaces or is he just paranoid? Instead of visual delights, this hook-style opening finally signals an episode with a narrative focus. Cosmos…

Cosmos Episode “Deeper Still” is Good But Still Pretty Shallow

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

This is by far my favorite episode of Cosmos, but I still believe that the show with its glitzy production values is packing too much information into a forty-four minute run time. There is never enough time to let any of the information soak in before the next marvelous visual effect. In “Deeper, Deeper, Deeper…

Cosmos’ Hiding In the Light Leaves Me in the Dark

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Chronology is not enough to organize an episode. The latest Cosmos episode “Hiding in the Light” explores the history of light, starting from a caveman version of the camera obscura, going through an ancient Chinese philosopher Moze, 11th century Arabian scholar Ibn Al-Haytham (Alhazen) of Basra, Isaac Newton, William Herschel, and finishing with secret government…

‘Cosmos’ Review: Beautiful and Blah

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

There was much oohing and ahhing as we watched the first episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. I can’t say much to the scientific and historic accuracy, but I didn’t find it as appealing as my friends. As an avid fan of popular science and history vlogs and podcasts, I’m used to dense nuggets of…