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sol_g2v
2005-Sep-25, 12:27 AM
Too bad I won't see it, since I don't get the Science channel. I hope this gets re-broadcast on PBS or Discovery or something.

The 25th Anniversary digitally remastered version (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3217961/)

Wolverine
2005-Sep-25, 02:21 AM
Saw the promo just the other day. I'll be there with bells on. :)

Andromeda321
2005-Sep-25, 05:01 AM
:eek:
Oh my goodness I shall have to watch it! I figure I'm one of the few who can say she was profoundly affected by Carl Sagan yet has never seen one episode of Cosmos! I can't help it; I was born six years after the original air date...
So does anyone know what time they're actually airing? I didn't see it in the article.

ToSeek
2005-Sep-25, 05:13 PM
The online schedule lists the first two episodes as showing from 9-11 pm this Tuesday, the 27th.

soylentgreen
2005-Sep-25, 05:20 PM
I figure I'm one of the few who can say she was profoundly affected by Carl Sagan yet has never seen one episode of Cosmos!

There are more of us than you know, Andromeda. :cool: I was only 9 when the show originally aired and was more interested in running around with a beach towel behind me tucked into my collar and duelling with my yellow wiffle bat "light-sabre". I discovered Sagan via the Cosmos book and never looked back. My sincere fondness for him stems entirely from his writings, which I suppose would be the best way anyhow.

I was waiting for the DVDs to finally be released before watching it. I figured they would air the show again sooner or later...and now it will have the fx work tweaked and tinkered-with.

anywho...Science Channel is showing it starting Tuesday Sep. 27 at 9 p.m. eastern and pacfic. You can go to this url and check out their little promo site for it. They also have a few little video examples to show how the fx and animation has been altered. It's a nice job, without distracting from the overall style of the program.
http://science.discovery.com/convergence/cosmos/cosmos.html

This will really be nice to see. For me, kinda like a chance to visit a dear childhood friend.

Selenite
2005-Sep-25, 05:30 PM
I remember watching a updated version of Cosmos once with additional commentary by an older and wearier Sagan at the end. (He was quite ill by then). Always got a kick out of Carl's trademark turtlenecks and corduroy jackets from the original 1980 version.

gethen
2005-Sep-25, 07:23 PM
My son (the astrophysicist) says it was watching the original broadcasts of Cosmos that first got him intersted in astronomy and astrophysics. I got him the DVD boxed set for Christmas a couple of years ago and he says they're still great, with some additional footage to bring them more up to date. I'l be watching.

soylentgreen
2005-Sep-26, 12:46 AM
Always got a kick out of Carl's trademark turtlenecks and corduroy jackets from the original 1980 version.

Carl Sagan. Scientist extraordinaire. Inhexaustible champion of reason. Fashion czar.

He was a true renaissance man!

EvilBob
2005-Sep-26, 03:58 AM
If anyone hears of this being aired in Australia, please post it very loudly! I was allowed to stay up late to watch Cosmos when I was about 10, and I have a rather battered and well-read copy of the book which I was given for Xmas the same year. I have not seen the series since - the DVDs are a little out of my justifiable price range...

CalabashCorolla
2005-Sep-26, 04:08 AM
Awesome, I can't wait. I've seen a few of the episodes on video, but I had to waste precious viewing time taking notes as I was writing a paper on the series. I did get an A on the paper though, so thanks, Carl :)

(P.S.: Go Big Red!)

cyswxman
2005-Sep-26, 07:51 AM
I really liked the music that accompanied the show, as well as Sagans', "Ship of the imagination".

BlackStar
2005-Sep-26, 09:52 AM
Carl Sagan... Our sex symbol!

Roy Batty
2005-Sep-26, 05:21 PM
Just checked out the before/after samples they have on the site, pretty cool!
I'm just hoping it makes it over to the Discovery science channel here soon. I've had the Cosmos book & album for 20 years now. Sagan rocks.. wish he was still around, great influence on me too. I remember my science teacher at the time was very supportive of the series.

CalabashCorolla
2005-Sep-27, 04:29 AM
Carl Sagan... Our sex symbol!
Well, circa 1980, yes. Heheheh. Is it the voice, or is it the turtlenecks?

Wait, it's definitely the voice. Nothing like popping in a tape and hearing a soothing lecture on the wonders of the universe after a long day of deriving quasi-geostrophic equations. Maybe they should make one of those calming sound machines with a Carl Sagan option.

Vincent
2005-Sep-27, 05:00 AM
Coooooooooooooooolllllllllllllll

Vincent
2005-Sep-27, 05:08 AM
DVD for those of us who don't have cable

Mosheh Thezion
2005-Sep-27, 05:35 AM
I used to run home from school to watch Cosmos..... i always missed the first 5 minutes.
-MT

Trynn Allen
2005-Sep-27, 06:23 PM
We were stationed at Fort Monroe VA, when Cosmos was on. My entire family watched it regularly. The scene that stands out the most to me was the discriptions of light speed and travel at light speed and the consiquences of it to someone not traveling at light speed. GREAT stuff.

Then my folks actually planned a vacation so that we could go up to the Air and Space Museum to see him lecture there. I still remember not being able to get into the auditorium, to see the lecture but that he shook hands with a lot of us as he was escorted to the parking level.

R.A.F.
2005-Sep-28, 02:54 PM
The only thing that really bugs me, (and it really bugs me), is the science channel logo "stuck" at the bottom right corner of the screen...

I know they feel that they have to do that (to avoid unauthorized duplication)...but it really detracts from the amazing animations.

I imagine that this "revamped edition" will eventually make it's way to DVD without the logo...

added...I see that the science channel is offering the DVD for sale. :)

Maksutov
2005-Sep-29, 04:45 AM
The only thing that really bugs me, (and it really bugs me), is the science channel logo "stuck" at the bottom right corner of the screen...

I know they feel that they have to do that (to avoid unauthorized duplication)...but it really detracts from the amazing animations.

I imagine that this "revamped edition" will eventually make it's way to DVD without the logo...

added...I see that the science channel is offering the DVD for sale. :)Same deal here. There are some channels I won't watch because of the blasted logo. Or logos. For one logo, Trio is the worst, huge and obnoxious red and white. Therefore i don't watch Trio. For two logos, some of the local channels have their logo in the lower right hand corner and their station name and location in the upper right hand corner. These are not watched also.

I'm DVRing the Cosmos broadcasts to see if I want to invest in the DVDs, i.e., are the updates worth it. Plus to see how much material has been excised to make room for all the commercials.

If I buy the DVDs, it probably won't be from The Science Channel as a way of protesting that darn logo. Even the logo itself doesn't make sense. I mean what's with the ellipse that runs through the Earth and the Moon? What's that supposed to represent?

BTW, some DVDs have logos. For instance the Passport Video DVD of Plan 9 has the Passport logo in the lower right hand corner throughout the movie. Image Entertainment's DVD is the way to experience future events such as these.

Selenite
2005-Sep-29, 12:19 PM
If I buy the DVDs, it probably won't be from The Science Channel as a way of protesting that darn logo. Even the logo itself doesn't make sense. I mean what's with the ellipse that runs through the Earth and the Moon? What's that supposed to represent?

Good question...I think a lot of graphic designers think of a ellipse as sort of cheap visual shorthand for anything scientific....orbits....atoms...etc. Doesn't really work here. They sold 'em on it somehow to be sure.
http://www.directv.com/images/channels/logo_discovery_science.gif

I hate this trend of putting the logos in the corners of the screen too. It's almost as if they don't trust us to be able to keep our channel numbers straight.

publiusr
2005-Sep-29, 05:36 PM
It brought a tear to my eye to see that old series again. Can't wait until next week. I have an old Hardcover with Sternbach's drawing for starships.

It should have been put on all the channels to force people to think.

soylentgreen
2005-Sep-29, 09:20 PM
It brought a tear to my eye to see that old series again. Can't wait until next week. I have an old Hardcover with Sternbach's drawing for starships.

It should have been put on all the channels to force people to think.

Me too(ahem, I mean 'I as well' ;) )To paraphrase Charleton Heston in PLANET OF THE APES, it made me kinda misty.

It brought a smile to my face to hear him speaking in the botanical gardens of the flora "going about their planty business."

ps. I can now truly appreciate just how good Dave Thomas was in his Carl Sagan imitation on SCTV.

Maksutov
2005-Oct-05, 07:37 AM
Good question...I think a lot of graphic designers think of a ellipse as sort of cheap visual shorthand for anything scientific....orbits....atoms...etc. Doesn't really work here. They sold 'em on it somehow to be sure.
http://www.directv.com/images/channels/logo_discovery_science.gif

I hate this trend of putting the logos in the corners of the screen too. It's almost as if they don't trust us to be able to keep our channel numbers straight.Here's the logo I was referring to:

http://img386.imageshack.us/img386/1601/sciencechanneloldlogo1ku.th.jpg (http://img386.imageshack.us/my.php?image=sciencechanneloldlogo1ku.jpg)

You can see some other body intersected by the same ellipse. On TV it looked like the Moon, but when captured and zoomed, it actually looks like some shiny yellow object (the Sun perhaps?). Either way, the diagram makes no sense from an orbital mechanics viewpoint.

Good to see they've now got just the Earth on the ellipse and nothing else. An improvement, although there's still nothing at one focus that would indicate the other mass in the two-body system. Plus the old logo pops up from time to time.

Oh well, that's TV. As you said, if it looks "scientific" to the designers (and the suits) then it must be "scientific".

Wolverine
2005-Oct-05, 09:09 AM
The logo is quite irritating.

That being said, I hadn't seen Cosmos in years. Man it's aged well! I've got to pick up the updated DVDs.