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* AutomobilesAreAlien: There's one prt in which we zoom on Earth from an alien perspective and stop when cars can be discerned. They're considered as possible lifeforms, humans being suggested to be parasites required by them to start moving.

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* GorgeousPeriodDress: Elaborate historical reenactments depict the 12th century Battle of Dan-no-ura in Japan, Johannes Kepler's 16th century Germany, Christiaan Huygens' 17th century Netherlands, and Edwin Hubble in 1920s California.



* CallToAdventure: When a scientific concept has not been proven yet, Tyson asks the audience whom among them will solve the problem.

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* CallToAdventure: When a scientific concept has not been proven yet, Tyson asks the audience whom who among them will solve the problem.


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* MediumBlending: Historical recreations in the new series are presented through animation, which saves money over the GorgeousPeriodDress of the original series.

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** It's intentionally designed to recall the dandelion from the above BookEnds.


* WhatMightHaveBeen:
** Sagan briefly speculates on what might have happened if the spirit of scientific inquiry found in ancient Greece and Rome had persisted.
** 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 ''[[Anime/MiimuIroiroYumeNoTabi Meme]]'' has very strong ''Cosmos'' influences.[[/note]]
** The state-of-the-art CGI in the 2014 remake, as evidenced by its trailer, makes one wonder how the original series would have looked had Sagan had access to the technology in 1980.

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* WhatMightHaveBeen:
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WhatMightHaveBeen: In-universe, Sagan briefly speculates on what might have happened if the spirit of scientific inquiry found in ancient Greece and Rome had persisted.
** 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 ''[[Anime/MiimuIroiroYumeNoTabi Meme]]'' has very strong ''Cosmos'' influences.[[/note]]
** The state-of-the-art CGI in the 2014 remake, as evidenced by its trailer, makes one wonder how the original series would have looked had Sagan had access to the technology in 1980.
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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, 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.

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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, then there is no reason why civilization cannot outlive the Earth, but of course, [[YouFailForeverForever billions of years is not "forever"]], "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.


* [[TearJerker/LiveActionTV Tear Jerker]]: Sagan's heartfelt plea to prevent nuclear annihilation, and his [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming acknowledgement of its aversion in the later DVD commentary]].
** From the book, the murder of Hypatia of Alexandria at the hands of a Christian mob, as well as the loss of widespread skeptical scientific inquiry from the western world for roughly 1,000 years that Hypatia's death represented.


* TakeThat: At pseudosciences. He spends the first ten minutes of the third episode deconstructing astrology and the first ten minutes of the twelfth episode deconstructing ufology, while the second episode includes a sequence demonstrating the pitfalls of intelligent design. [[HumansAreMorons Not that anyone listened.]]

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* TakeThat: At pseudosciences. He spends the first ten minutes of the third episode deconstructing astrology and the first ten minutes of the twelfth episode deconstructing ufology, while the second episode includes a sequence demonstrating the pitfalls of intelligent design. [[HumansAreMorons Not that anyone listened.]]


* TakeThat: At pseudosciences. He spends the first ten minutes of the third episode deconstructing astrology. [[HumansAreMorons Not that anyone listened.]]

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* TakeThat: At pseudosciences. He spends the first ten minutes of the third episode deconstructing astrology.astrology and the first ten minutes of the twelfth episode deconstructing ufology, while the second episode includes a sequence demonstrating the pitfalls of intelligent design. [[HumansAreMorons Not that anyone listened.]]


* WhatTheHellHero: Sagan clearly reveres the Greek scholars whose work was stored in the Library of Alexandria, but in the last episode he points out that there is no record of them ever questioning the society they lived in, particularly the institution of slavery, which he calls "the cancer of the ancient world."

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* WhatTheHellHero: WhatTheHellHero:
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Sagan clearly reveres the Greek scholars whose work was stored in the Library of Alexandria, but in the last episode he points out that there is no record of them ever questioning the society they lived in, particularly the institution of slavery, which he calls "the cancer of the ancient world.""
** In the fourth episode, while discussing the crackpot theories of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immanuel_Velikovsky Immanuel Velikovsky]], Sagan states that the worst aspect of the whole affair wasn't that Velikovsky's theories were wrong or in gross contradiction to established facts, but rather that some scientists attempted to outright supress his ideas instead of engaging in proper debate.

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* IsntItIronic: In the third episode, "Aquarius" from ''Theatre/{{Hair}}'' is used during a sequence debunking the practice of astrology.


* VoiceClipSong: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSgiXGELjbc A Glorious Dawn]]'', by WebVideo/SymphonyOfScience, which mixes and sets a tune to scenes from ''Cosmos'', along with Stephen Hawking's ''Universe''. Notably, entire phrases from the respective shows are used as lyrics. It's rather awesome. And thanks to [[TheWhiteStripes Jack White's]] record label Third Man, it was actually given a [[http://store.thirdmanrecords.com/carlsagan.aspx limited release]] on vinyl, with a copy of the diagram from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voyager_Golden_Record the Voyager Golden Record]] etched on the backside.

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* VoiceClipSong: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSgiXGELjbc A Glorious Dawn]]'', by WebVideo/SymphonyOfScience, which mixes and sets a tune to scenes from ''Cosmos'', along with Stephen Hawking's ''Universe''. Notably, entire phrases from the respective shows are used as lyrics. It's rather awesome. And thanks to [[TheWhiteStripes [[Music/TheWhiteStripes Jack White's]] record label Third Man, it was actually given a [[http://store.thirdmanrecords.com/carlsagan.aspx limited release]] on vinyl, with a copy of the diagram from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voyager_Golden_Record the Voyager Golden Record]] etched on the backside.


* TheWorldIsJustAwesome: The goal is to demonstrate this is true for the ''entire universe''. Earth is awesome. Subatomic particles are awesome. Galaxies are awesome. ''Bacteria'' is awesome. Everything from the massive star Eta Carinae to the microscopic tardigrades that survive anywhere, is beautiful, complex, and wonderful in the literal sense of that word.

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* TheWorldIsJustAwesome: The goal is to demonstrate this is true for the ''entire universe''. Earth is awesome. Subatomic particles are awesome. Galaxies are awesome. ''Bacteria'' is are awesome. Everything from the massive star Eta Carinae to the microscopic tardigrades that survive anywhere, is beautiful, complex, and wonderful in the literal sense of that word.

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* CardCarryingVillain: Robert Hooke is depicted like this in Episode 3's animated scenes, having been given an ObviouslyEvil appearance and him muttering "Blasted Newton! I'll make him pay!" once Newton refuses to give in to his demands. To be fair, Hooke's own accomplishments, like discovering Hooke's law (governing linear elasticity), are also mentioned in the episode.


* 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.

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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 [=MacFarlane=] is the executive producer of the series.

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