Review: The premiere episode of Cosmos *SPOILERS*


Two and a half years ago, Fox announced it would air a new Cosmos series in Spring 2014. That lengthy wait came to an end last night with the premiere of the highly anticipated first episode. In the 1980’s, noted scientist Carl Sagan headed up the original series, which spurred the imaginations of a generation. Now, a new generation will be wowed by the story of the universe.

Introduced by President Obama and produced by Sagan’s widow Ann Druyan and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, the premiere episode opened on the same Northern California cliff as the original Cosmos with new host Neil deGrasse Tyson. It was a fitting tribute to Sagan. The CGI used in the show is so incredible, it even puts to shame some work you’ve seen in recent big-budget films. Take note, Hollywood, you have no excuses for poorly executed CGI now.


The amazing animation told the story of Giordano Bruno, an Italian astronomer from the 1500’s whose theories about the cosmos clashed with the religions of the day and eventually led to his trial and execution. Bruno’s theories would eventually be proven as fact generations later.

I personally love the use of animation over live actors (which was the method of story telling in Sagan’s Cosmos), as the material will have more of an appeal to children. It goes without saying that the encouragement of our young people to take up the fields of science, engineering, and math is imperative to the advancement of our species, so the use of animation was a genius move.


By far the most impressive section of the episode was the cosmic calendar. This segment puts the timeline of the universe into perspective by presenting it in terms of one Earth year, from the Big Bang to the present. It was absolutely mind-blowing to watch and understand our existence in terms of mere seconds.

The episode wraps up with Tyson speaking about his meeting with Sagan as a 17-year-old budding scientist. It was very touching and emotional, and perfectly communicated the type of person and professional Sagan was.


I’m very much looking forward to the rest of the 13-episode series, as the first episode alone was mind-blowing and a perfect beginning to the continuation Sagan’s legacy.

Cosmos airs Sundays on Fox networks and Mondays on National Geographic.

Grade: A

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