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Cosmos Recap: Gentlemen, Start Your Starships
Hey, kids, jump on over to Happy for our recap of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Neil deGrasse Tyson's reboot/update of Carl Sagan's groundbreaking TV series. Maybe you saw our preview and watched the program. Maybe you missed the program and haven't found the hour and change to watch it on the Cosmos website, with no commercials. Maybe you're wondering, "Dok Zoom, why are you recapping a scientistical documentary program when all the other recaps here are of television what is fictional and has a plot?" Like the vast reaches of the cosmos, some things are not yet known to science, but at least if we're recapping Cosmos we don't have to keep track of all those characters' names and why that one lady is crying and beating on the policeman there, have we even seen her before? Also, we volunteered.
The new version of Cosmos makes a smart choice in its initial location: the same California cliffs where Carl Sagan stood and introduced the original program in 1980; wisely, the new series also begins with the same clip of Sagan saying, "The cosmos is all that is, or ever was, or ever will be... come with me..." and then there's that dandelion seed floating off on the wind. Unlike Sagan, whose next lines were delightedly nerd-poetic ("There's a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice..."), Tyson is more down to earth, simply reminding us that Sagan launched us on a journey, and "it's time to get going again" -- and we can't help but hear that as a bit of a nudge in the ribs to that Obama fellow who introduced the series premiere, but whose administration hasn't exactly been pushing aggressively for greater manned space exploration.