“COSMOS” Rocks!

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Hey everyone…

So I’m getting the hang of my new space themed blog here; tweaking this, changing that.  It’s a LOT of work, so thanks for being patient while I figure out what the hell I’m doing! :)

The last month has been exhausting for me… caring for my ailing father-in-law…  hosting a conference in Savannah… attending the #NASASocial SpaceX event at Kennedy Space Center…  the passing and funeral of my father-in-law (rest in peace Joe Harbuck…) being on the road constantly…  it’s been a grueling past several weeks.

But I finally got a chance to catch my breath tonight and watch the first episode of the new “COSMOS” series, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson.  After hearing jeers from my geek friends about how much they hated the reboot of the series first hosted a generation ago by Carl Sagan, I wasn’t setting my expectations very high.

Now that I’ve seen it, I’d like to ask what the hell is everyone’s problem with this show?  The first episode was PHENOMENAL! Tyson is a fitting heir to pick up where the late Sagan left off.  The episode was well written, with great special effects, and very effectively put both the size AND age of our universe into figures and terms the average person could at least TRY to comprehend.

Most clever was condensing the age of the ~14 billion year old universe into a 365 day calendar year.  With the big bang happening on January 1st, the solar system condensed sometime in mid August.  Humans first appeared in the last 14 seconds of the year, on December 31st, at 11:59 and 46 seconds.  VERY clever!

I know what my geek friends are going to say they didn’t like about it –  they found the show “too elementary.”  Well guess what?  You aren’t the target audience!  This show wasn’t written for you.  It was clearly written to be a lay persons guide to appreciating the wonders of our vast universe.  Yes – things were spelled out at a very basic, perhaps on a 6th grade level.  But that’s how you have to relate these concepts to John Q Public; who doesn’t live, eat, sleep and breathe this stuff like some of us do.

When you look at the average serving of crap sit coms, talent contests and reality shows the television networks are feeding us – including most programs by once respectable networks like Discovery and History Channel?  ANYTHING that gets the general public and especially youngsters excited about space and science is a very good thing.

I’m about to commit geek blasphemy here, but SO FAR… I find the program more entertaining than the original!  I think Neil Tyson is the perfect host for this reboot, and I’m looking forward to a long, successful run for this series.  VIVA COSMOS!

-Patrick Burns
March 23, 2014


  1. hoosierhaunts - March 23, 2014

    So why isn’t Patrick Burns, the host?

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