A Show That Plays In Its Viewers' HeartsFrom the "shores of the cosmic ocean" to the library of Alexandria, Cosmos takes its viewers on a journey that they will not soon forget. Carl Sagan has a way with words that is understandable by almost everyone. The way he speaks, the way he describes things, works its way into your mind. He entangles you, captivates you, with a power that some might go so far as to call magic.
With over half a billion viewers, the words of Carl Sagan have inspired millions of people. Many of today's scientists and science enthusiasts were moved by Mr. Sagan's short-lived show. Although it was on air for less than a year, this says nothing of the popularity of Cosmos. At the time, it was the most viewed public show in American, and as of 2009 it was still the most viewed show on the PBS network.
What is it that made a show about science so popular? Today it would be very unlikely to see such a program get so far in the mainstream with competition like Jersey Shore and Family Guy, just to name a few. But look three decades back. It was a day far back in the scope of a human lifetime. The world was very different in some respects. Cosmos made its debut about 10 years after the space race and in the midst of the Cold War. Science still scared and excited many people. Cosmos was what we needed. It taught many once-ignorant people the nature and meaning of science - with cutting-edge special effects for its time. Children and adults alike learned why science is necessary in our world. Cosmos armed them with knowledge.
Cosmos RefurbishedIt is a sad thing that this show, like Mr. Sagan, is no longer with us. Without such mainstream guidance, many people are found lacking in science literacy. But Cosmos is far from dead. In the near future, Cosmos will be resurrected and made like new. Just look here. Not only will it be back, but it will be aired on Fox. You know, the station with the news crew that is notorious for its obnoxious bias. Don't get me wrong, bias is wonderful - it makes us who we are, but the news is one place that should do without it. It seems that Cosmos is appealing once again to the right audience.
Here's an example of one of the many blunders of Fox News, just in case you were previously unaware:
Wait... what?The thing I find the most interesting about this new Cosmos is that one of its three producers is Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) - the same man responsible for this:
Ironic, isn't it?
Don't Believe Me?
Do you still have any doubt of the major impact Cosmos has had in the world? You don't have to take my word for it. Just look it up on YouTube and read the thousands of comments. While shows like The Office and The Simpsons are funny, they haven't touched people like Cosmos has.