Originally Posted by OggideM
I guess I was hoping for something that strikes a ground between
Then you had your expectations off base from day one. The original Cosmos was always intended to be targeted at the people that *didn't* know this stuff. The people involved with this remake made it clear that they intended to follow the same principles.
Personally, I very much enjoyed the fist episode. Contrary to popular comment here, I actually like the use of animation. Primarily because it allows for a less distracting visual stage that would detract from what is really going on, storytelling. Basically, the time is spent telling the story of Bruno. Having a bunch of people dressed in costumes wouldn't have conveyed the story any better, it would have just distracted from it. On a practical note, it also makes the subject matter more palatable for a younger audience. As a father of a very inquisitive 6 year old, I am rally looking forward to showing him the first two episodes in our basement theater next weekend. Although I am hesitant as it is to expose him to the realities of human nature shown in the Bruno segment, I am very sure I would not show it to him at this age had they used real characters in an effort to make it "more realistic."
I do wish they had tied the Bruno story in a little better though. The part where Tyson explained the "scientific method" in a matter of 3 or 4 paragraphs could have been expanded much more, imo. But that could be said about every part of the "cosmic location" and "cosmic calendar" parts, namely, that each minute of topic covered could be made into an entire episode.
Finally, on the topic of the first episode, I was a little surprised that they threw the topic of the "multiverse" into the discussion as prominently as they did.
I was less impressed by the second episode.
Although I think they did a decent job explaining selection in general with the dogs example, overall the episode seemed to jump around a little too much. Further, I think they wasted too much time with the extinction temple bit.
Regardless, this Cosmos reboot is shaping up to be a very good tool for putting all the vastness that is human science into perspective for young, curious people such as my son. In that regard, I think it does exactly what the people involved had planned to do.