Cosmos: A Personal Journey (1980 IMDb)

Viewing

Review refers to a version with added “Update” segments.

Categorization

Lyrical, often visualizing quite wild suppositions in fluffy language. 13 one-hour episodes.

Subject

The nature, history and competitors of both natural science and life on Earth, set against the backdrop of the objective universe according to Carl Sagan. “These are some of the things that hydrogen atoms do, given 15 billion years of cosmic evolution.”

Commentary

The facts age of course, and the graphics have aged more poorly, but the tone balances optimism and pessimism very admirably. Good music, including Vangelis (before he was cool) and Tangerine Dream.

documentary series

Remake:

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014 IMDb)

Viewing

Seen in 2016.

Commentary

I love the cel-style animation for historical sequences. The original's problem with fluffy language persists here, aided by sometimes excessive focus on spectacle. The scripts seem to meander more. I didn't learn much, but of course I'm not the target audience.

documentary series