Although Carl Sagan passed away 18 years ago, thanks to the rise of a new Cosmos series, the “feud” between the American cosmologist and actor Morgan Freeman, known for Through the Wormhole continues to sparkle debate regarding the title of the best documentary host. Although Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is hosted by American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, one cannot help but compare the new series with Sagan’s Cosmos: A Personal Journey and conclude whether the world is ready for a revival of the 1980’s phenomenon.
There decades after the cosmologist, famous for embarking his viewers on the spaceship of the imagination stood on a sea-shore and taught the world about the mysteries of the universe, Tyson debuts the new Cosmos standing on the same cliff and asking the same questions that were asked by Carl Sagan before and are still questioned by Morgan Freeman, two hosts perceived as the best documentary presenters. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is premiering Sunday, March 9 at 9 p.m. across Fox’s all ten networks and returns on Monday on the National Geographic Channel with bonus footage and behind the scenes sets. The series will debut in 170 countries and 45 languages and relies on Family Guy’s producer Seth MacFarlane and composer Alan Silvestri. The new Cosmos brings back a piece of Sagan’s show thanks to the people involved in the original series, namely his widow Ann Druyan and astronomer Steven Soter.
Cosmos: A Personal Journey Vs. Through the Wormhole
Morgan Freeman is known not only for his movies, but also for his passion for science, reason why in 2010 he accepted to be the host of Through the Wormhole, a series which tackles topics like astrophysics, astrobiology and other matters that resemble Carl Sagan’s Cosmos: A Personal Journey, thus making both presenters best fit for documentaries.
However, while Through the Wormhole explores the mysteries of the planet, Cosmos: A Personal Journey goes beyond the universe and depicts an infinite existence of galaxies. The first episode of Sagan’s revived show which debuts Sunday makes reference not only to climate change, but also to religion, subject also discussed in Wednesday’s Through the Wormhole. While the famous cosmologist’s successor, Tyson is taking his viewers on a journey in a “spaceship of the imagination,” Freeman’s show is betting on the correlation between God and aliens and asks questions regarding whether people are His creation or not.
Americans and Science
Sagan’s Cosmos may be back, but its success is not guaranteed only by its producers’ endeavors; the National Science Foundation’s biannual survey which targeted the answers of over 2,200 people revealed the fact that 90 percent of Americans are interested in science and believe that scientists are “helping to solve challenging problems.” Experts are also seen as dedicated specialists whose work helps humanity, so judging from Americans’ lust for science, the new Cosmos series is reportedly bound to be successful.
Although the survey also revealed that 74 percent of the respondents do not know that the Earth revolves around the sun, the love for science is clear and both Carl Sagan and Morgan Freeman are perceived as best documentary hosts for shows that tackle fundamental questions like “Are we alone in the universe?.”
By Gabriela Motroc