See back in October (yeah I know it was a ways back) I got to meet the COSMOS crew at New York Comic Con, and talk to them about the vision and the motivation behind the series re-launch. The first round was with Cannold and Braga. Braga described the project as a huge undertaking, with every episode tackling “some sort of massive subject matter” with a varied palette of special effects, live action, and even animated sequences. While the show does feature original content, there will still be a number of homages to Carl Sagan’s original vision – for example fans of the original series will be happy to know that the Cosmic Calendar is still a mainstay in this new edition.
After talking about COSMOSI got to talk to Dr. Tyson about a bunch of random things like a scientific basis for astrology and science skewed by cognitive bias – he actually took the time well past the press event to shoot the breeze with me. He is 100% the awesome science rockstar we all see on television, with a huge personality to match that sciencey mind of his. While talking cognitive bias we got to the topic of dowsing rods – you know, using sticks to find water like I’m sure you’ve seen on TV. He says to me, “If you give anyone a dowsing rod and tell them to find water, they will, pretty much 100% of the time. And you know why?” At this point he leans in a little closer to me and continues – “Because there’s water fucking everywhere! It’s called the water table!” Comedy and science – an excellent combination.
Fast forward a few months back to New York City and I’m at the American Museum of Natural History at the world premiere event of the show, which lived up to every promise that was made about it (as you can see, the line to get in was crazy long and speaks to Dr. Tyson’s fanbase). The first episode introduced the cosmic calendar and the ship of the imagination, and let me tell you, Dr. Tyson is an absolute natural hosting and narrating this production. The content, varying between special effects to live action film of Dr. Tyson to an animated short about Giordiano Bruno all blend exceptionally well together and make for not only education and information accessible to the masses, but a truly enjoyable program that brings science to the people.