History Series / Cosmos

29th Dec '16 9:21:29 AM nombretomado
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** This was also acknowledged in the afterword of the new version of the final episode, "Who speaks for Earth", showing images of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat shaking hands and the abolition of the [[TheApartheidEra apartheid in South Africa]], mentioning how "walls have fallen down and [[ReconcileTheBitterFoes irreconcilable ideologies have embraced]]", and taking it as a good omen for the future.

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** This was also acknowledged in the afterword of the new version of the final episode, "Who speaks for Earth", showing images of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat shaking hands and the abolition of the [[TheApartheidEra [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra apartheid in South Africa]], mentioning how "walls have fallen down and [[ReconcileTheBitterFoes irreconcilable ideologies have embraced]]", and taking it as a good omen for the future.
19th Dec '16 9:37:48 AM BrendanRizzo
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* TakeThat: At pseudosciences. He spends the first ten minutes of the third episode deconstructing astrology.

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* TakeThat: At pseudosciences. He spends the first ten minutes of the third episode deconstructing astrology. [[HumansAreMorons Not that anyone listened.]]
19th Nov '16 2:22:48 PM eowynjedi
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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: The tardigrades are depicted as fleshy pink and opaque (the way they appear in an electron microscope, minus the "pink" part) because it would be hard to see transparent tardigrades in a transparent water droplet (as they appear elsewise).

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: The tardigrades are depicted as fleshy pink and opaque (the way they appear in an electron microscope, minus the "pink" part) because Tardigrades have no pigment, but it would be hard to see transparent tardigrades creatures in a transparent water droplet (as water, so they are shown as fleshy pink and opaque, similar to how they appear elsewise).in an electron microscope.[[note]]The reason they become opaque then is because samples are coated with metal particles so they'll show up under the scan.[[/note]]
6th Nov '16 1:22:23 PM nombretomado
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** One episode features [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Hooke Robert Hooke]] and discusses his numerous accomplishments, but the episode devotes more focus to his rivalry with IsaacNewton, where he comes off largely as a windbag trying to take credit for Newton and Halley's work.

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** One episode features [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Hooke Robert Hooke]] and discusses his numerous accomplishments, but the episode devotes more focus to his rivalry with IsaacNewton, UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton, where he comes off largely as a windbag trying to take credit for Newton and Halley's work.
20th Jul '16 5:13:47 PM nombretomado
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* AccentUponTheWrongSyllable: Carl Sagan's idiosyncratic pronunciation of the word "cosmos" - not to mention that this was the first time anyone in Britain had heard the alternative pronunciation of the planet name "Uranus" - caused much hilarity in Great Britain and was [[TheBurkissWay extensively parodied]].

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* AccentUponTheWrongSyllable: Carl Sagan's idiosyncratic pronunciation of the word "cosmos" - not to mention that this was the first time anyone in Britain had heard the alternative pronunciation of the planet name "Uranus" - caused much hilarity in Great Britain and was [[TheBurkissWay [[Radio/TheBurkissWay extensively parodied]].
19th Jul '16 8:40:13 PM eowynjedi
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* DreamSequence: Giordano Bruno's fateful dream of an infinite cosmos. Along with stars and planets, and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ophanim Ophanim]] (the angels shaped like wheels). It gets a callback in the final episode when he "escapes" his prison cell through a FantasySequence.

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* DreamSequence: Giordano Bruno's Bruno has a fateful dream about lifting the curtain of the sky and stepping into an infinite cosmos. Along with stars and planets, and The animation is based on the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ophanim Ophanim]] (the angels shaped like wheels). It gets a callback in the final episode when he "escapes" his prison cell through a FantasySequence.org/wiki/Flammarion_engraving Flammarion engraving]], an illustration of cosmic exploration whose creator is unknown.
11th May '16 4:59:15 PM gallium
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* ReCut: Later editions of ''Cosmos'' have been supplemented with material dating from after the original run of the show and even after Sagan's death-clips of the Space Shuttle, of the Exxon ''Valdez'' disaster, of the Mars rovers. In the final episode, one of the broadcasts Sagan listens to as the ship of the imagination sails back to Earth is a bulletin from the 9/11 attacks.

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* ReCut: Later editions of ''Cosmos'' have been supplemented with material dating from after the original run of the show and even after Sagan's death-clips death--clips of the Space Shuttle, of the Exxon ''Valdez'' disaster, of the Mars rovers. In the final episode, one of the broadcasts Sagan listens to as the ship of the imagination sails back to Earth is a bulletin from the 9/11 attacks.
11th May '16 4:51:21 PM gallium
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'''''Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey''''' aired on FOX network 34 years later as both a remake and an update. With UsefulNotes/NeilDeGrasseTyson as host, viewers were once again taken on a journey through the wonders of the Cosmos. It used many parts from the original series which still held up and showcased many things which had come about since the original show's airing, also branching off in other directions.

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'''''Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey''''' aired on FOX network 34 years later as both a remake and an update. With Written by Sagan's widow Ann Druyan, with UsefulNotes/NeilDeGrasseTyson as host, viewers were once again taken on a journey through the wonders of the Cosmos. It used many parts from the original series which still held up and showcased many things which had come about since the original show's airing, also branching off in other directions.
11th May '16 8:25:30 AM eowynjedi
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* AsteroidThicket: The first and seventh episode featured one for the asteroid belt, probably for RuleOfCool. The real asteroid belt is incredibly sparse and boring. Tyson later points out the actual sparsity of the Oort Cloud.

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* AsteroidThicket: The first and seventh episode featured one for depict the asteroid belt, probably belt as this for RuleOfCool. artistic license, since it's an easily recognizable image. The real asteroid belt is incredibly sparse and boring. Tyson later boring (as Neil points out in a [=StarTalk=] episode, we could never have gotten any of our outer system probes through the belt if it was that dense). He later discusses the actual sparsity of the Oort Cloud.Cloud, where objects are as distant from each other as Earth is from Saturn.



** NDT's explanation of the speed of light using a motorcyclist in the countryside in episode 4 is word for word identical to Carl Sagan's explanation. In fact, several explanations are verbatim (or nealy so) from the original series because this is an updated version written by the same two scientists who wrote the original series with Carl Sagan. Phrases such as "star stuff" show up due to this trope.

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** NDT's explanation of the speed of light using a motorcyclist in the countryside in episode 4 is word for word identical to Carl Sagan's explanation. In fact, several explanations are verbatim (or nealy nearly so) from the original series because this is an updated version written by the same two scientists who wrote the original series with Carl Sagan. Phrases such as "star stuff" show up due to this trope.



* DontTryThisAtHome: Michael Faraday, probably anachronistically, says this to his audience while demonstrating how an electric spark can make gunpowder go boom. (Or [[AluminumChristmasTrees possibly not an anachronism]], since [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chemical_History_of_a_Candle his book about candles]] included several "at home" experiments and advised on proper safety measures.)
* DramaticPause: Incorporated into the penultimate scene, an AstronomicalZoom replicating the Pale Blue Dot photograph, to allow the audience to contemplate their place in the cosmos.

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* DontTryThisAtHome: Michael Faraday, probably anachronistically, says this to his audience while demonstrating how an electric spark can make gunpowder go boom. (Or [[AluminumChristmasTrees possibly not an anachronism]], since [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chemical_History_of_a_Candle his book about candles]] included several "at home" experiments and advised on proper safety measures.measures for its suggested "at home" experiments.)
* DramaticPause: Incorporated into the penultimate scene, an AstronomicalZoom AstronomicZoom replicating the Pale Blue Dot photograph, to allow the audience to contemplate their place in the cosmos.



** Invoked and discussed at length. Neil explains the process Bishop Ussher used to determine that Earth is 6,000 years old[[note]]by going backward from the death of Nebuchadnezzar[[/note]] and then how geologists realized the Earth had to be older than that by examining rock layers before Clair Patterson arrived at the figure we use today. Also covered are the transition from the "disappearing land bridges" idea to the theory of continental drift and the vindication of Payne's discovery that the Sun is mostly hydrogen rather than having the same composition as Earth. Several times, Tyson says it's important not to feel too smug over previous' centuries ignorance because they didn't have the technological capability to observe distant planets and that science is still marching on today.

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** Invoked and discussed at length. Neil explains the process Bishop Ussher used to determine that Earth is 6,000 years old[[note]]by going backward old (by working backwards from the death of Nebuchadnezzar[[/note]] and then how Nebuchadnezzar), which seemed like a reasonable figure until geologists realized the Earth had to be older than that by examining rock layers before Clair Patterson arrived at the figure we use today. Also covered are the transition from the "disappearing land bridges" idea to the theory of continental drift and the vindication of Payne's discovery that the Sun is mostly hydrogen rather than having the same composition as Earth. Several times, Tyson says it's important not to feel too smug over previous' centuries ignorance because they didn't have the technological capability to observe distant planets and that science is still marching on today.



** Neil gives credit to Henry Norris Russell for ''not'' doing this to Cecilia Payne when he realized her thesis on stellar atmospheres was correct after all.

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** Neil gives credit to commends Henry Norris Russell for ''not'' doing this to Cecilia Payne when he realized her thesis on stellar atmospheres was correct after all.
22nd Nov '15 9:36:55 AM Schroeder1174
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* BonusEpisode: the original VHS release of the series included an additional episode in which Sagan is interviewed by Ted Turner for an hour about the series and it's concepts. This bonus episode is not included in the later DVD release.
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