Sunday Night Just Became Science Night

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Sunday Night Just Became Science Night

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | TV Reviews | March 5, 2014 | Comments ()


Thirty years ago Carl Sagan hosted a little series on PBS called Cosmos. And with the hushed intonations of “billions and billions” he helped create a new generation of scientists, kids who grew up thinking bigger, thinking that the universe being massive and complicated was the most singularly awesome thing imaginable. And I mean that in the actual dictionary definition of that word: the universe is staggering and beautiful and as such it fills an observer with awe. If anyone is the intellectual heir of Sagan, it’s the fantastic Neil deGrasse Tyson, and it’s only fitting that he’s running a new 13 episode run of Cosmos, starting Sunday night and airing on Fox.

Yes, Fox.

Like I said, the universe is a strangely complex place sometimes. Though hopefully they don’t run the episodes out of order and cancel it halfway through the season.

The relationship between the two men is an interesting phenomenon in its own right. I heard Tyson talk once about how when he visited Cornell looking at colleges, Sagan took him home, gave him dinner, drove him to the train station afterwards, and just took the time out of being Carl Fucking Sagan to chat up some pre-frosh who was thinking about coming to the school. And Tyson cites that as one of the points that changed his life: to not just want to be a brilliant scientist, but to be the sort who wants to educate, one person or millions at a time.

There’s an interview Tyson over on HuffPo, you should go read it. And then you should gaze longingly at the stars, tell someone else how they sing to you, and then watch Cosmos on Sunday night. I mean, it’s not like Downton or Sherlock are running, so get on that.

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  • e jerry powell

    I'll seriously consider it.

  • Green_Eggs_and_Hamster

    Cool, but since it is on Fox, I assume they will be airing the episodes out of order, moving it from Sunday to Wednesday randomly without telling anyone, and canceling it after 8 episodes.

    Other than that, I am excited.

  • DarthCorleone

    Sagan's COSMOS is one of the my earliest television memories. (See, SLW, like I said, I'm not *THAT* old.) I went to the simulcast premiere at the theater of the new edition last night. The opening episode is very good, and the Q&A with Neil, Seth, and Ann Druyan afterward was fun. It's probably still up online if y'all are interested in checking it out.

  • My son is so excited for this! Every time they run the commercial, it cuts off before the date/time is revealed, so he finally looked it up. Then he came to me and said "Sunday night, the TV is mine. It's time to get some science up in this joint!"

  • Uriah_Creep

    The only way that could have been more perfect is if he'd said "up in this bitch" instead. Then we'd know he's really got the instinct for the zeitgeist, like Seth.

  • BizzyBzz

    I was absolutely shocked to find out that Seth MacFarlane is a producer on this.

  • Say what you will about Seth (and I know everyone does), but the dude seems to know what the public wants when. It's only when he's asked to do shit he knows nothing about that he strikes out. I don't much care for him or most of his output, but he has a good instinct for the zeitgeist.

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  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    GAH! But my DVR is already booked solid on Sunday nights!

  • Dude, you don't have to record Girls on all four streams simultaneously.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    We're going to fight now.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Just makes me wish I had a bigger tv for viewing this...I'm excited to have my mind blown by this glorious universe all over again.

  • chanohack

    Ooooo, my tv is giant! And Fox is one of the channels it gets! Come over and let's have a viewing party! You can ALL come! I'll make food! I'M FINALLY GOING TO BE POPULAR! THANK YOU, SCIENCE!

  • BWeaves

    I'm in. I loved the original Cosmos. I have the LP of the music, which I love, (not that I can play it since my turntable broke). Darling hubby, the astronomer will watch, too.

  • Parsnip

    Carl Sagan had me at the cosmic calendar. Loved the original series, but I'm up for this, it'll be interesting to see how our understanding of space has evolved since Sagan's series.

  • BlackRabbit

    He's blinded me! With Science!

  • chanohack

    Yay! Sunday night tv time re-instated.

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