Yawn. Poorly Filmed Snooze Fest.
Fun premise, good actors, bad writing. This film seemed to have potential at the beginning but it quickly devolves into a trite action film. Ultimately it's very boring.
A film with more than the usual spoiler issues. Talking about it in any detail feels akin to handing you a gift-wrapped present and saying, "I hope you like it -- It's a thriller about a diabolical secret experiment."
All of these films share one commonality, that being a kind of emotional center that humanizes a cast of monsters.
This series quite literally changed my life. When I was about 8 years old I watched it for the first of many, many times. Nearly 40 years later and it is as relevant as ever.
I first came across this series a few (maybe 5) years ago. When I started watching it I knew nothing about who Carl Sagan was, what he had done for space science, or anything else related to him or his work.I have to admit that it wasn't easy to pick up. I mean here you are, waiting to watch a 30-year-old documentary about space/universe etc, and this guy starts off and goes on and on about species and natural selection.Before I go any further, let me just say that ever since I watched it, Carl Sagan became one of my top-3 most notable history personalities. What a breathtaking, all-revealing, larger-than-life experience! If I had to compose a scenario on how to describe this world (and others!), I would never had come up with the right questions as he has. Well, Carl Sagan, nothing short of a genius, has created a series that will ALWAYS be relevant, no matter what science discovers in the years to come, making visual effects irrelevant, and involving each and every one spectator as much as a "documentary" possibly could.No, this is not a documentary - this is a "personal voyage". Do not miss it.
One of the greatest television documentaries of all time. Sagan takes the human quest for knowledge of our role in the cosmos and our long search for understanding of it and presents it in a way that appeals to scientists, philosophers, and dreamers alike. Given its age and the speed of discovery in astrophysics, it's no surprise that a little of the science has been superseded by later investigation, but that is largely irrelevant. The important thing with Cosmos is only partly the science, and is partly the air of wonder and joyful excitement which pours out of Sagan with every episode. His enthusiasm is infection. You find yourself wishing he was still alive, not just for the documentaries he would no doubt have made, but also because you realise how much he would have loved to have shared the new discoveries in astronomy in the last few years. If you ever needed a documentary to introduce someone to the wonders of science and to the amazing nature of our place in the universe, you could do no better than to show them Cosmos.
From the Big Bang to the first humans, from the smallest atoms to the grandest of galaxies, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage does it all. Carl Sagan, an astronomer and one of the greatest popularizers of science of all time, addresses in this 13 episode series some of the more profound questions that humans sometimes find themselves asking. "How did we get here?" "What lies out in space beyond the Earth?" Sagan does it all through a scientific point of view, while still keeping it personal and easy to understand for the audience.Don't think that just because Cosmos is from 1980 that it is outdated. It is a very well done series, and the themes that it addresses are just as relevant to today's world as it was when this program first came out. While it mostly focuses on scientific topics such as space exploration, evolution, and the human brain, it also brings up topics like nuclear disarmament and the danger of believing in superstition. While Sagan makes sure that every statement he says is supported by evidence, he is not afraid to say that, at least at the time, there are some things in the universe that science simply does not know.Using plenty of visuals and layman's terms, Sagan does a good job to make sure the viewer doesn't feel alienated from the complex issues that this series tackles. Cosmos is not some cold educational program. It is also very emotional, showing us how small we are in the universe and how fragile our planet actually is. Watching this series has allowed me to understand some basic things about the universe that I never even considered—"In order to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe." I wholeheartedly recommend this program to any human capable of thinking. Even if you think science is only something that a small, eggheaded elite can understand, watching Cosmos: A Personal Voyage should be more than enough to change your mind, and give you more of an idea exactly what our place is in the universe.