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History Series / Cosmos

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.
22nd Nov '15 9:35:10 AM Schroeder1174
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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece:
** In the third episode Sagan is shown picking up a copy of the ''New York Post'' which announces "[[Music/TheBeatles THE BEATLES]] ARE BACK!". Music/JohnLennon was murdered two months after the episode first aired.
** The episode where Sagan explains how the Voyager data was received and collected now doubles as a fascinating portrait of the state of computer technology in TheSeventies. Data was collected on "magnetic disks, much like a phonograph record."
24th Oct '15 3:43:01 PM SorPepita
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* ContemplateOurNavels: Sagan's entire reflection on the Pale Blue Dot photograph is narrated over an AstronomicZoom that becomes the famous Pale Blue Dot photograph.

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* ContemplateOurNavels: Sagan's entire reflection on the Pale Blue Dot photograph is narrated over an AstronomicZoom Astronomic Zoom that becomes the famous Pale Blue Dot photograph.
25th Sep '15 5:57:42 PM StFan
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** At the time of his death, he and his wife, Ann, were planning a new miniseries, ''Cosmos For Kids''. [[note]]The early-80s Japanese educational series ''[[Series/MiimuIroiroYumeNoTabi Meme]]'' has very strong ''Cosmos'' influences.[[/note]]

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** At the time of his death, he and his wife, Ann, were planning a new miniseries, ''Cosmos For Kids''. [[note]]The early-80s Japanese educational series ''[[Series/MiimuIroiroYumeNoTabi ''[[Anime/MiimuIroiroYumeNoTabi Meme]]'' has very strong ''Cosmos'' influences.[[/note]]
6th Sep '15 5:10:06 PM nombretomado
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** Creator/SethMacFarlane is a huge geek for the original series and for Creator/CarlSagan. He is also one of the producers of the updated version of the show starring Creator/NeilDeGrasseTyson. He admits that, in his opinion at least, he is the "least important" player in the remake, serving mostly as the means by which Ann Druyan (Sagan's widow) and Steven Soter were able to meet with FOX and get the new series off the ground in the first place.

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** Creator/SethMacFarlane is a huge geek for the original series and for Creator/CarlSagan. He is also one of the producers of the updated version of the show starring Creator/NeilDeGrasseTyson.UsefulNotes/NeilDeGrasseTyson. He admits that, in his opinion at least, he is the "least important" player in the remake, serving mostly as the means by which Ann Druyan (Sagan's widow) and Steven Soter were able to meet with FOX and get the new series off the ground in the first place.



* CometOfDoom: Deconstructed in the third episode, "When Knowledge Conquered Fear". Tyson explains how this trope was based in superstition and ignorance of how the solar system worked, and then tells an absolutely ''epic'' version of how Edmund Halley went about utterly crushing this superstition by figuring out what comets were and how they worked. It ended with [[NeilDegrasseTyson Dr. Tyson]] telling of Halley's "prophecy" that not only would a particular comet return in 50 years, but accurately and correctly predicting where in the sky it would appear, and how long it would be visible, and how "Halley's Comet" became the best known comet in the history of the world.

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* CometOfDoom: Deconstructed in the third episode, "When Knowledge Conquered Fear". Tyson explains how this trope was based in superstition and ignorance of how the solar system worked, and then tells an absolutely ''epic'' version of how Edmund Halley went about utterly crushing this superstition by figuring out what comets were and how they worked. It ended with [[NeilDegrasseTyson [[UsefulNotes/NeilDegrasseTyson Dr. Tyson]] telling of Halley's "prophecy" that not only would a particular comet return in 50 years, but accurately and correctly predicting where in the sky it would appear, and how long it would be visible, and how "Halley's Comet" became the best known comet in the history of the world.
6th Sep '15 5:09:53 PM nombretomado
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'''''Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey''''' aired on FOX network 34 years later as both a remake and an update. With 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 NeilDeGrasseTyson 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.
1st Sep '15 10:59:46 AM SuddenFrost
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* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: The original series had an eclectic soundtrack incorporating classical music, world music and 1970s electronica. Because Sagan was the head of the committee to select music for the Voyager Golden Record, several of the tracks chosen for the record appear in ''Cosmos''. The DVD release was unable to reacquire music rights for some pieces, such as Music/{{Jean Michel Jarre}}'s ''Equinoxe'', so they were replaced with new compositions by Vangelis.

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* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: The original series had an eclectic soundtrack incorporating classical music, world music and 1970s electronica. Because Sagan was the head of the committee to select music for the Voyager Golden Record, several of the tracks chosen for the record appear in ''Cosmos''. The DVD release was unable to reacquire music rights for some pieces, such as Music/{{Jean Michel Jarre}}'s ''Equinoxe'', so they were replaced [[HomeVersionSoundtrackReplacement replaced]] with new compositions by Vangelis.
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