“Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” is well worth the time


"Cosmos" reruns can be seen on National Geographic, Mondays at 9pm, Pacific Time. Photo courtesy of National Geographic

The creator of Family Guy, Seth MacFarlane has ventured far from his comedic roots, but he’s found a way to produce a science television program that could very well inspire the next great scientific minds.

It’s like “Bill Nye the Science Guy” on steroids, cutting edge special effects are juxtaposed with cartoon animations creating an immersive experience for viewers of all ages.

“The Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” is an informative series presented by Fox, featuring an array of facts that will undoubtedly drop your jaw, and have you saying to yourself: Why wasn’t this part of my science curriculum growing up?

Every episode will leave you smarter than you were before having watched it. While it is a reboot of Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos” series from 34 years ago, today’s version capitalizes on the modern advancements in technology that have helped contribute to science’s very latest findings; some of which were simply unforeseeable during Sagan’s edition of the show.

Viewers embark on a journey through space with one of the world’s most prominent scientific figures: astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.Tyson is too cool as the show’s host, his charisma appeals to those with an insatiable thirst for knowledge while also attracting and retaining the attention of those who are simply seeking engaging entertainment.

Much of the show focuses on Earth’s scientific history, chronicling it’s miraculous formation, ancient past and contemporary discoveries. Viewers also get a chance to travel beyond Earth, through our galactic neighborhood and all the way to the deepest corners of the observable universe.

The shows creators spared no expense when it comes to visual effects. Graphics within the show are rendered with cutting edge computer generated images. These awe inspiring effects enable viewers remarkable access to what can be observed in space currently.

Cartoon animations are utilized to showcase noteworthy events closer to home, here on Earth. When compared to the shows sophisticated CGI, the cartoon animations provide an interesting storytelling device.

If you haven’t checked out “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” already, it’s not too late. The show has aired seven of it’s 13 parts, but all of the episodes that have aired, starting from the shows premiere, are available in their entirety on Fox’s website http://www.cosmosontv.com.