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« on: March 10, 2014, 01:45:00 am »
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Did anyone see tonight's episode?  For those who don't know, it's a remake of Carl Sagan's Cosmos: A Personal Voyage that is narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson.  I think the first part was very well done.  Looking forward to next week's episode.
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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2014, 01:54:39 am »
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I loved it.
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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2014, 06:59:43 am »
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I'll need to look out for it. I think Tyson is one of the most eloquent speakers I've had the joy of listening to.
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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2014, 10:47:22 am »
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Watched it.  Keep in mind I'm biased, because I was a 10-year old kid already interested in astronomy in 1980 when the original Sagan series came out, and he was such a gifted communicator and the whole production was so fantastic that I'm an eternal fan of that one.  The first episode of this one was ok.  But it struck me as being more for kids than adults, while the original series was for both.  I thought the animation of the Bruno story was pretty lame, and the commercials made the first episode so short that there was no time for any scientific explanation in it beyond merely reciting interesting facts.  I didn't like the CGI either--we have so many telescopic and photographic images, especially of the solar system, that I don't know why CGI should have been used instead.  I like Tyson a lot--and the tribute he paid to Sagan at the end of the program, showing the connection between them in the first meeting in the late '70's, shows why he is for every conceivable reason the right man to do this sequel series.  I'm hoping, and believe, that future episodes will be better.  But I was underwhelmed by the first one.  But like I said, I'm biased.
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« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2014, 01:10:52 pm »
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It was euphoric.
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« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2014, 01:26:27 pm »
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As someone who saw the original series as a kid, I'm happy to see the show recreated for the modern age.

The highlight for me was the re-creaction of the "cosmic year" sequence. This sequence benefitted a lot from the use of CGI.
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« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2014, 02:02:20 pm »
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I don't like Neil DeGrasse Tyson, so I'll be skipping this one.
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« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2014, 02:16:59 pm »
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I don't like Neil DeGrasse Tyson, so I'll be skipping this one.
Why? Just Asking.
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« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2014, 02:21:43 pm »
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I don't like Neil DeGrasse Tyson, so I'll be skipping this one.
Why? Just Asking.

I find him a little condescending.  He doesn't have the awe of discovery about science that Sagan did.  Tyson just regurgitates things he knows.
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« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2014, 05:43:57 am »
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It's good, but the Giordano Bruno cartoon was a bit off-putting.
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« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2014, 06:24:44 am »
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I liked it a lot, but I agree that the cartoon wasn't very good.

And while I like NDT, I agree with King that he can be condescending sounding.
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« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2014, 06:45:59 am »
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I managed to catch it. I thought that it suited the audience it was appealing to. America, in it's exceptionalism, still has a sizeable proportion who do not believe the fundamentals of science. NDT to me didn't sound condescending as such, but he did lay it down clearly; 'this is what we know, this is what we understand it to be.'

I would recommend people watch Brian Cox's Wonders of the Universe by the BBC. Similar stuff but aimed just a little bit higher.
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