President Obama Introduces Tonight's Cosmos Premiere

President Obama Introduces Tonight's Cosmos Premiere

The President has a message for future lovers of science and you can hear it tonight before Neil deGrasse Tyson's spaceship takes off.

Tonight is the premiere of the long-awaited relaunch of Carl Sagan's science show, retitles Cosmos, A Spacetime Odyssey. This time it's hosted by famed astrophysicist, media-darling and expert explainer-of-complex-things Neil deGrasse Tyson.

For a little extra boost, the new 13-part series is getting a introduction but none other than President Obama. Obama's track record on science and research includes backing innovative NASA projects and a long-term study designed to map the human brain. And now, it will also include promoting a Fox show. How's that for irony?

As for the series itself, Producer Seth MacFarlane (yes, that Seth McFarlane) and Tyson hope it will make science cool for a new generation. That it will not only educate, but inspire. Which would explain why there are so many special effects poured into the premiere. So. Many.

Look for the premiere episode tonight on Fox at 9pm ET. It will also be simulcast on the National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo, Fox Life, FX, FXX, FXM, Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 and then on over 180 stations worldwide. In the following weeks, the new epsidoes will premiere on Fox Sunday at 9pm ET and be rebroadcast on NatGeo with extra footage on Mondays at 10pm ET.

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Private video? :(
Will be interesting to see what Obama is saying and I hope this show will be interesting as well.

might want to get a different video, the current one is set to private.

on the topic at hand, of course. Cosmos was a badass series.

hell, I had to bide my time with Through the Wormhole for a while, but this looks like it's supposed to be pretty epic by itself.

Even funnier that Fox is supporting this. last I realized Fox was as anti-science as deep south high-schools.

I'm tempted to watch this tonight since I'm an Astronomy student and this is a remake of the old Cosmos series. I don't know if I will though since day-light savings tome is screwing up.

Doesn't this guy have more important things to do? With all of the shit this country is facing right now, is it really necessary for him to pull PR moves like this? Just work toward fixing our problems dude, you're the PRESIDENT, not a fucking celebrity.

CarnageRacing00:
Doesn't this guy have more important things to do? With all of the shit this country is facing right now, is it really necessary for him to pull PR moves like this? Just work toward fixing our problems dude, you're the PRESIDENT, not a fucking celebrity.

Given that the House Science Committee is filled with a bunch of old men with no scientific background, and that funding for the sciences continues to be on the decline, I'm pretty sure it's okay for the President to try and promote the sciences a bit.

Oh look, its Though the Wormhole wanna be. NOBODY WILL TOP MORGAN FREEMAN! The fact that they're doing it on all of their channels just annoys me more though and makes me want less to do with it.

Vanbael:
Oh look, its Though the Wormhole wanna be. NOBODY WILL TOP MORGAN FREEMAN! The fact that they're doing it on all of their channels just annoys me more though and makes me want less to do with it.

Actually, it's not a ripoff of anything, it's a "reboot" of a TV show called "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage" from 1980 that was hosted by Carl Sagan.

st0pnsw0p:

Vanbael:
Oh look, its Though the Wormhole wanna be. NOBODY WILL TOP MORGAN FREEMAN! The fact that they're doing it on all of their channels just annoys me more though and makes me want less to do with it.

Actually, it's not a ripoff of anything, it's a "reboot" of a TV show called "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage" from 1980 that was hosted by Carl Sagan.

Exactly.
That, and NDT is like the Morgan Freeman of Scientists.

CarnageRacing00:
Doesn't this guy have more important things to do? With all of the shit this country is facing right now, is it really necessary for him to pull PR moves like this? Just work toward fixing our problems dude, you're the PRESIDENT, not a fucking celebrity.

think yourself lucky you have a leader who actually has an interest in science, we have one here in australia that practically denies its the 21st century and that science is witchcraft

wombat_of_war:

CarnageRacing00:
Doesn't this guy have more important things to do? With all of the shit this country is facing right now, is it really necessary for him to pull PR moves like this? Just work toward fixing our problems dude, you're the PRESIDENT, not a fucking celebrity.

think yourself lucky you have a leader who actually has an interest in science, we have one here in australia that practically denies its the 21st century and that science is witchcraft

Never thought I'd ever say this, but moving to the US is looking like a better idea each day.

CarnageRacing00:
Just work toward fixing our problems dude, you're the PRESIDENT, not a fucking celebrity.

With the media making such a big boo-hoo deal over Obama having to skip his vacation because of the incident in Ukraine, can you really blame the guy for thinking his a celebrity?

Vargras:

CarnageRacing00:
Doesn't this guy have more important things to do? With all of the shit this country is facing right now, is it really necessary for him to pull PR moves like this? Just work toward fixing our problems dude, you're the PRESIDENT, not a fucking celebrity.

Given that the House Science Committee is filled with a bunch of old men with no scientific background, and that funding for the sciences continues to be on the decline, I'm pretty sure it's okay for the President to try and promote the sciences a bit.

Promote them? Hasn't NASA's budget been getting cut bit by bit under the Obama administration?

CpT_x_Killsteal:

wombat_of_war:

CarnageRacing00:
Doesn't this guy have more important things to do? With all of the shit this country is facing right now, is it really necessary for him to pull PR moves like this? Just work toward fixing our problems dude, you're the PRESIDENT, not a fucking celebrity.

think yourself lucky you have a leader who actually has an interest in science, we have one here in australia that practically denies its the 21st century and that science is witchcraft

Never thought I'd ever say this, but moving to the US is looking like a better idea each day.

I wouldn't start packing your bags just yet, my friend. We're slowly circling the drain over here. While Europe is just now realizing the errors of their economically liberal ways and desperately trying to crawl out of their hole, our country is diving in head first.

Sadly, we watched some of it and it was not impressive. They had lots of graphics, but no real information, not even basic information. Maybe it got better but we gave up after the flight through our solar system. Just came off as a really bad school educational video, and not nearly as good as the original.

We'll give it another try in a few episodes and see how it has progressed, but for now, it was a miss.

CarnageRacing00:
Doesn't this guy have more important things to do? With all of the shit this country is facing right now, is it really necessary for him to pull PR moves like this? Just work toward fixing our problems dude, you're the PRESIDENT, not a fucking celebrity.

Where does the US rank in STEM students again? I imagine spending five minutes promoting the hard sciences would certainly not hurt the country. After all, you have a constitutionally-mandated address every year by the president that is essentially a several hour time waster at the best of times and a near-declaration of war at the worst (we still remember "Axis of Evil"). I think he can spare a few minutes to talk about the stars. After all, he has to pick up the slack from members of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.

Vanbael:
Oh look, its Though the Wormhole wanna be. NOBODY WILL TOP MORGAN FREEMAN! The fact that they're doing it on all of their channels just annoys me more though and makes me want less to do with it.

You've never heared of Carl Sagan,have you?

What delicious irony, considering the budget cuts NASA has suffered during his administration. They don't even launch from the US anymore, instead they have to lease pads from Kazakhstan.

Seeing how the traitorous republicans have consistently forced the president's hand into cutting the budget in absurd ways, I think it's a lovely thing that he's taking the opportunity to promote science.

Way to taint something that should be a benefit to everyone with the rancorous stink of partisan politics.

If ever there was a way to ensure that the already science challenged Right never gets to benefit from the revival of Cosmos this is fucking it.

It was beautifully produced and impeccably acted by the host who spoke with dignity and passion and brought an amazing level of polish to the show...and then they spent close to 30 minutes romanticizing the theorist who challenged the church. Look, I don't doubt some version of what they showed happened, but when the protagonist is that pure and the representatives of the church are voiced in menacing grumbles, I can't help but be skeptical.

RJ 17:

I wouldn't start packing your bags just yet, my friend. We're slowly circling the drain over here. While Europe is just now realizing the errors of their economically liberal ways and desperately trying to crawl out of their hole, our country is diving in head first.

You see when you use liberal as an insult you come off like a jerk and lose credibility. News flash going whole hog one way or the other solves nothing.

RJ 17:
Promote them? Hasn't NASA's budget been getting cut bit by bit under the Obama administration?

Yes. He's also been cutting the military funding as well, and a lot of other areas. That doesn't mean he rejects science though, like some members of the House Science Committee, aka the group that has the guy who said that women who are raped don't get pregnant because their bodies have a mechanism to prevent it, and another guy who said that evolution is part of an evil plot from the devil itself. Meanwhile, its consistently found that half of the self-identified Christians in the United States, which make up upwards of 45% of the population, reject evolution in its entirety. I think its good that we have a president that isn't rejecting some of the most important scientific breakthroughs in human history, let alone participating in show on prime time that has a goal to promote scientific literacy and curiosity.

wulfy42:
Sadly, we watched some of it and it was not impressive. They had lots of graphics, but no real information, not even basic information. Maybe it got better but we gave up after the flight through our solar system. Just came off as a really bad school educational video, and not nearly as good as the original.

We'll give it another try in a few episodes and see how it has progressed, but for now, it was a miss.

It was an introduction to science as a way of knowing, it introduced key concepts such as "deep time" and the basic structure of the universe. I think the next episode will be better because it will go deep into a single subject instead of a broad overview of what the show will be about. Also you have to remember the original series was broadcast without interruption, this show has something like 40 minutes to go over the material while Sagan had an hour uninterrupted.

KazeAizen:

RJ 17:

I wouldn't start packing your bags just yet, my friend. We're slowly circling the drain over here. While Europe is just now realizing the errors of their economically liberal ways and desperately trying to crawl out of their hole, our country is diving in head first.

You see when you use liberal as an insult you come off like a jerk and lose credibility. News flash going whole hog one way or the other solves nothing.

I didn't realize I was using the term "liberal" as an insult...I thought I was simply describing the situation as it occurred. Didn't a number of European countries such as Greece get into a financial crisis because of their economically liberal policies? I'm talking about ridiculously expensive pensions for public-sector workers (allowing people to retire at 55 and continuing to pay them for the rest of their life) and public service (welfare, health care, etc) spending.

Well I was going to watch it but if its gonna feature war criminals no thanks

Obama's legacy of space science is shooting NASA in the knee with funding cuts that effectively scuttled their plans to go to Mars while maintaining the US military's exorbitant government funding. Thanks, Obama.

RJ 17:

KazeAizen:

RJ 17:

I wouldn't start packing your bags just yet, my friend. We're slowly circling the drain over here. While Europe is just now realizing the errors of their economically liberal ways and desperately trying to crawl out of their hole, our country is diving in head first.

You see when you use liberal as an insult you come off like a jerk and lose credibility. News flash going whole hog one way or the other solves nothing.

I didn't realize I was using the term "liberal" as an insult...I thought I was simply describing the situation as it occurred. Didn't a number of European countries such as Greece get into a financial crisis because of their economically liberal policies? I'm talking about ridiculously expensive pensions for public-sector workers (allowing people to retire at 55 and continuing to pay them for the rest of their life) and public service (welfare, health care, etc) spending.

Do bear in mind that, in many European countries, economic liberalism refers to the focus on free markets and lesser government intervention. What you're thinking of is the welfare state. And, yes, over-generous welfare states did play a part in the Eurozone crisis, though many would consider it insignificant in comparison to the role played by an under-regulated banking sector.

CarnageRacing00:
Doesn't this guy have more important things to do? With all of the shit this country is facing right now, is it really necessary for him to pull PR moves like this? Just work toward fixing our problems dude, you're the PRESIDENT, not a fucking celebrity.

One of the things this country is facing is science illiteracy, which is likely to cause a lot of economic damage if allowed to continue. This is an effort to address that.

One of the first lines of the show was "Question everything." So I asked myself, is it really necessary to have the goofy CGI ship from "Flight of the Navigator" zooming around? Apparently that isn't one of the things I should be questioning.

As for Obama... bah. Nothing that man says is worth listening to, he's an empty suit who wastes his time and ours getting in front of every camera available. The sooner we're rid of him, the better. I tuned in for the Science, not the Chief of State.

Forget Mars, it's never gonna happen at this point. We have, mostly, wasted the last 20-30 years. The steps needed to accomplish a mars base are pretty much set in stone, and we have not made any progress towards that goal in forever.

Ditching the space program we had isn't really a big deal, since it has been accomplishing so little for so long. Honestly we need to have a world wide organized effort to colonize space, or we might as well just give up.

wulfy42:
Sadly, we watched some of it and it was not impressive. They had lots of graphics, but no real information, not even basic information. Maybe it got better but we gave up after the flight through our solar system. Just came off as a really bad school educational video, and not nearly as good as the original.

We'll give it another try in a few episodes and see how it has progressed, but for now, it was a miss.

Thats unfortunate. I'll probably still tune in for myself, but that's not what I was hoping to hear.

So was he there to announce a drone strike initiative against Mars and a broad surveillance effort against those Venutian scumbag terrorists? Because he doesn't seem like a good fit. I mean, they already have Neil deGrasse Tyson so the only way they could have done better is if zombie Sagan showed up with Feynman in tow and Einstein on the bass.

Ok, Zombie Sagan...sounds freaking AWESOME. Why didn't they do that? Seriously, imagine the ratings they would have gotten!!

I get that the show was just starting off, and....possibly it had more of an impact for people who where big fans of the original and had nostalgia glasses on. I DVR'd it and watched it with my wife, best friend and his wife, and well....me and my friend where let down by the lack of actual information, both women where just plain bored (Didn't really care about the subject matter) and so by the second commercial break or so, it was time to move on.

Half the time it has to be a comedy or action/drama show just to keep everyone interested now adays!!

I would probably have given it more of a chance myself, though, the intro was a let down. Like I said, just gonna wait and see how it turns out.

But man, now I really wish they would have a Carl Sagan Zombie...although...they did have his voice right at the start...which is kinda close.

Considering I didn't know he was dead (I don't remember stuff like that...my wife loves celebrity trivia so I just don't even pay attention since she always knows everything anyway)....I was a bit surprised they used his voice, cause I was like...why would you replace him if he is still alive....and then use his voice in the intro!!

Now it makes a bit more sense.

Zombie Carl Sagan "Use your Brains.....before I eaaaat them!!!! MMmmmmm Imagination Tastes GOOOOOOOOOD"

vid87:
It was beautifully produced and impeccably acted by the host who spoke with dignity and passion and brought an amazing level of polish to the show...and then they spent close to 30 minutes romanticizing the theorist who challenged the church. Look, I don't doubt some version of what they showed happened, but when the protagonist is that pure and the representatives of the church are voiced in menacing grumbles, I can't help but be skeptical.

Um...they burned him at the stake for heresy. It's not a fiction of the television program, it actually happened:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giordano_Bruno#Imprisonment.2C_trial_and_execution.2C_1593.E2.80.931600

I don't see how that doesn't make them kind of the bad guys here.

renegade7:

vid87:
It was beautifully produced and impeccably acted by the host who spoke with dignity and passion and brought an amazing level of polish to the show...and then they spent close to 30 minutes romanticizing the theorist who challenged the church. Look, I don't doubt some version of what they showed happened, but when the protagonist is that pure and the representatives of the church are voiced in menacing grumbles, I can't help but be skeptical.

Um...they burned him at the stake for heresy. It's not a fiction of the television program, it actually happened:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giordano_Bruno#Imprisonment.2C_trial_and_execution.2C_1593.E2.80.931600

I don't see how that doesn't make them kind of the bad guys here.

I'm not disputing the burning at the stake thing, nor his ideas and conviction. I'm just get this feeling that the way they portrayed him as the "only one" to think of this stuff was grander than the whole thing actually played out. It's like the Columbus myth where everyone but him believed the earth was flat. Maybe I really am thinking about it too much but it came off as romanticized to me.

wulfy42:
Sadly, we watched some of it and it was not impressive. They had lots of graphics, but no real information, not even basic information. Maybe it got better but we gave up after the flight through our solar system. Just came off as a really bad school educational video, and not nearly as good as the original.

We'll give it another try in a few episodes and see how it has progressed, but for now, it was a miss.

......it introduced alot of key concepts to people watching, and explained the scale of things they're discussing. Its MEANT to be a mass media thing aimed toward educating alot of people, of course its going to be a bit light on hardcore information and data

 

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