Cosmos Recap: And Thus Concludeth Neil DeGrasse Tyson's KAPOW! BLAM! SHAZAM Of All The Idiots
Here it is Thursday already and we're only now bringing you your recap of the series finale for Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. Happily, on the Cosmic Calendar, it was hardly a delay at all. But here we are, at the final episode, "Unafraid of the Dark," which focuses, appropriately enough, on all the stuff we don't know about the Universe. But we've got some terrific questions.
The episode begins with another shoutout to Carl Sagan's original series, with Neil deGrasse Tyson walking through a CGI recreation of the Library of Alexandria. Like Sagan, Tyson tells us that ships stopping in the port of Alexandria were searched, "not for contraband, but for books" that could be copied and added to the Library's collection. And then, a coda that was not available to Sagan: Tyson adds that the Internet is our Library of Alexandria, and -- even better than the original -- it's not just available to the elite, but to everyone. Ah, but "what will happen the next time the mob comes?" It's almost as if he thinks there are people out there who don't much care for knowledge.