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April 29, 2015

TV Review—Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Inspired by and updating the Carl Sagan landmark, Cosmos is hosted by Sagan protégé and everyone’s favourite and sexiest (there was a vote) astrophysicist Neill Degrasse Tyson.
The subject of this Seth MacFarlane produced documentary is nothing less than the multiverse. As such, you may find your head spinning from the mass and seeming randomness of the content. After all, trying to cram 13.8 billion years of the universe into 13 hours of screen time is surely breaking some kind of scientific law, regardless of how relative time and space is.

Explaining large concepts in striking visual language, it features digital imagery to show the universe in all its infinite splendour, and this contrasts with the animation used to present human history. It is through this human exploration of the cosmos, through the lives of Issac Newton, Edmond Haley, Giordano Bruno, and Albert Einstein that the grandeur is reigned in. But the universe is not simplified, but exemplified through this approach, with the visual majesty of the night sky becoming the grandeur of the cosmos.
Enthused by Tyson’s passion and knowledge and MacFarlane’s production, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is as brilliant and awe-inspiring as the multiverse it presents.


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