Cosmos: Possible Worlds
The series consists of 13 episodes that were broadcast over seven weeks. The series had its broadcast television premiere on Fox on September 22, 2020. Braga explains that "Possible Worlds refers to planets far, far away, but also ... the future as a possible world."
Cosmos: Possible Worlds
"Who are we to search for alien intelligence when we can't even recognize or respect the consciousness all around us, or even beneath our feet," Tyson says, strolling through the forest on top of the soil that's protecting the mycelium beneath his feet. Still, conversations with different worlds, Tyson says, will be done in the language of science.
"It's hard to pinpoint the precise moment when the first nuclear war began; some might trace it all the way back to that arrow sailing over the treetops. Others might say it started much later, with three messages," Tyson says, referring to letters written by scientists who would inform their leaders "that a huge increase in kill ratio was possible." Scientists Paul Harteck, Edward Teller, Albert Einstein, Leo Szilard, Gregory Flerov, J. Robert Oppenheimer and Joseph Rotblat were at the forefront of the investigation into harnessing atomic nuclei for use in modern warfare.
Cosmos: Possible Worlds explores the uncharted realms of space such as lost worlds and planets that might be the future homes of the human race. This documentary goes through the possibilities of what is out in the cosmos that may one day support intelligent life, human or otherwise.
Neil deGrasse Tyson returns as the host after the success of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, along with Ann Druyan, the original creative collaborator with Carl Sagan, and executive producer Seth MacFarlane. This makes a team of some of the best science communicators of the modern era come together to explore what possible life is out there.
As a former scientist and current science-communicator myself, I'm almost always in support of media programs that attempt to bring real-world science to audiences, especially when it comes with the pedigree of a franchise like Cosmos. So it should come as no surprise that I'm recommending that everyone checks out this new series. Even if you've heard the science before, even if you've studied the history of past human civilizations or the potential future that awaits all of us, there's bound to be some new nugget of knowledge, some new factoid or shift in perspective that you'll find in Cosmos: Possible Worlds. So whether it's an exploration of the world's oldest town of Catalhoyuk in modern Turkey, the highly ambitious Breakthrough Starshot program to send probes to distant worlds, or the defiant philosophies of scholars like Baruch Spinoza, there's sure to be something for everyone in these 13 new episodes.
Unfortunately, Cosmos: Possible Worlds misses the mark a bit in a few important ways. First, early episodes feel more like parts of a whole rather than one cogent, focused argument; we get snippets of science loosely related to each other by the strings connecting thousands of years of human civilization or the strands of DNA that bind all living things together in an atomic sense. Take, for example, nature documentaries like Blue Planet, which featured episodes focused on specific aquatic areas of Earth, or the more recent Seven Worlds, One Planet, which focused on a specific continent in each episode. Those documentaries understand that vying for viewers' shortening attention spans in this modern world is a tough task, so it's better to tighten the focus as much as possible. Cosmos: Possible Worlds wanders far afield in an effort to give a surface-level explanation to everything without grounding those disparate stories with solid connections.
Now, 40 years later, Ann Druyan boldly carries the torch forward with the long-awaited sequel to the book, COSMOS with COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS (National Geographic; February 25, 2020; hardcover; .00), taking readers on further adventures through space and time, to worlds beyond and only now emerging with the advent of new scientific strategies for detection. The book is the companion to her new, third season of COSMOS which will premiere on National Geographic on March 9, 2020.
I hope "Cosmos: Possible Worlds" will awaken the widest possible global audience to the sacred searching at the heart of science. You will meet new heroes who were willing to give up their lives rather than tell a lie. "Cosmos: Possible Worlds" offers a vision of the future we can still have if we have the wisdom and will to act on what scientists are telling us.
Each of the episodes integrates state-of-the-art VFX, stylized animation and dramatic reenactments to carry viewers deep into the future. It is possible to over stylise a show which this one threatens to do at every moment especially when some narration seemingly has nothing to do with the special effects.
The Fleeting Grace of the Habitable Zone: There is no refuge from change in the cosmos. There will come a time in the life of the Sun when Earth will no longer be a home for us. The story of our ancestors who rose to a comparable challenge and a long-term vision of our future on other worlds.
Vavilov: In the first half of the 20th century pioneering geneticist Nikolai Vavilov traveled 5 continents assembling a treasury of the worlds seeds. He dreamed that science could be the means to end hunger. His refusal to tell a scientific lie cost him his life. The heroism of his colleagues and its direct impact on your life is one of the most stirring stories in the history of science.
The Sacrifice of Cassini: The mysterious untold story of the scientist who figured out how to go the Moon while fighting for his life in a WWI trench. He wrote a letter to fifty years in the future. It made the Apollo Mission possible. And the saga of the twenty-year long odyssey of a robotic explorer ordered to commit suicide on another world.
Coming of Age in the Anthropocene: What kind of world can a child born in 2020 expect to grow up in? And when did our slide into planet-wide environmental destruction begin? The possible world that awaits our baby girl into her 20s: one darkened by our refusal to face the real and mounting challenges we face but concluding with a message of hope.
Cosmos: Possible Worlds will continue the legacy of its predecessors, translating the revelations of science into a lavishly transporting experience, taking audiences on a series of spiritual voyages of exploration. We are living in the golden age of discovery of new worlds to explore and possibly inhabit. In the vastness of time and the immensity of space, their number and the stories they contain are virtually infinite. The new season will reveal previously uncharted realms, including lost worlds and worlds to come, and those that we may one day inhabit in a thrilling future we can still have.
A lot of it was our ADR mixer Laird Fryer, who really took it upon himself to research those original production recordings so when Neil came into the studio here, he could match the microphones as much as possible. Then our ADR supervisor Elliot Thompson would go through and find the best takes that matched. It was actually one of the bigger tasks of the show. 041b061a72