History Series / Cosmos

21st Jul '17 8:32:12 AM FinalFan
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*TakeThatUs: In the episode "The World Set Free", an animated segment at the 1878 World's Fair in Paris shows several displays and banners passing by. One of them is [[Creator/SethMacFarlane MacFarlane Refined Lard]]. Seth MacFarlane is the executive producer of the series.
4th Apr '17 2:14:17 PM pvsage
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* ShoutOut: Sagan refers to our neighborhood in the Milky Way as "obscure backwaters", a clear reference to the opening lines of Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy

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* ShoutOut: Sagan refers to our neighborhood in the Milky Way as "obscure backwaters", a clear reference to the opening lines of Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxyFranchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy.
4th Apr '17 2:09:22 PM pvsage
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* ShoutOut: Sagan refers to our neighborhood in the Milky Way as "obscure backwaters", a clear reference to the opening lines of Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy
1st Mar '17 2:18:52 PM CrankCase
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** The trailer for "The Immortals" poses the question of whether or not scientific advance will someday make if possible to live forever. Naturally, this question is never answered in the actual episode--the closest thing is saying that if humans managed to avoid any extinction scenarios, them there is no reason why civilization cannot outlive the Earth, but of course, [[YouFailForeverForever billions of years is not "forever"]], and the episode doesn't even mention that humans would have to find a way around the heat death of the universe or the Big Rip in order for the species to truly exist forever.

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** The trailer for "The Immortals" poses the question of whether or not scientific advance will someday make if possible to live forever. Naturally, this question is never answered in the actual episode--the closest thing is saying that if humans managed to avoid any extinction scenarios, them then there is no reason why civilization cannot outlive the Earth, but of course, [[YouFailForeverForever billions of years is not "forever"]], and the episode doesn't even mention that humans would have to find a way around the heat death of the universe or the Big Rip in order for the species to truly exist forever.
4th Feb '17 5:52:23 PM eowynjedi
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* BigNo: PlayedForLaughs in "The Clean Room" when someone ignores the big "keep out" sign on the lab Clair Patterson is meticulously decontaminating and ruins all his hard work to ask where the restroom is


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* HumbleHero:
** Clair Patterson is shown as one, pointing out his habit of putting his students' names first on publications to help their careers and shunning the limelight except when forced.
** Michael Faraday is also said to be a man of faith and humility who worked in science for the joy of discovery rather than glory.


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* MundaneMadeAwesome: Clair Patterson turning on a mass spectrometer and doing some calculations with a slide rule is given a stirring soundtrack that builds up to a dramatic climax... routine scientific activities with a fantastic context. The inside of the spectrometer is shown dividing up and measuring the atoms, and the calculations are for the age of the Earth, which had never before been scientifically measured.


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* RunningGag: Clair Patterson's workspace or samples getting contaminated by careless people.
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]].
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