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It's enough to bring tears to your eyes,
This review is from: Carl Sagan's Cosmos [DVD]  (DVD)
Cosmos is not just about space exploration. It is about time, the history of science, the elements and where we are from, life and even the decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphics. There is the coverage of history and lost civilisations such as ancient Alexandria and those in medieval Japan. No series of this genre comes near the level of inspiration of this particular version, presented by Carl Sagan.
It had its predecessors, notably, Jacob Bronowski's Ascent of Man by the BBC, and also a History of Western Civilisation, also from the BBC, even earlier. The producers were probably familiar with Bronowski and decided to be more ambitious. The main personal note about this series is that Carl Sagan is frank about life in the cosmos other than the creatures we know. In exploring those unknowns and improbabilities of extra terrestrial intelligence, we get to understand just how precious intelligent life really is, as set against the background of the cold war and environmental destruction. With titles like "Who speaks for Earth?" one wonders, who indeed.
What makes this so special is a phenomenal script that has three tremendous writers behind it including Carl's wife Anne, who helped script the movie Contact based on his book (another understated gem), the music that is so emotional and finally some amazing special effects and historical recreations that would not have come cheap. Indeed, it is a no expense spared journey of knowledge. As for Sagan himself, what scientist could be warmer, more handsome and so majestic with his smile and creative flourish? Indeed, the music itself is so special as we watch a rotating pulsar. Those 70s graphics were so much more colourful and hand painted than many used today and the journeys in an imaginary space ship were ahead of their time.
This is truly a collectors item to be shared with old and young, a real tearjerker even ... love every second, looking at the greatest minds, cities and civilisations within the framework of an immensity of time and loss.
Watching this after three decades, I realised how fortunate I had been to catch it so young, and even now, it is some of the best television that may link to everything that you find special, not just about science but about truth, harmony and values.