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[–]dayandnox 293 points294 points  (14 children)

Just 5 years later

[–]0galo 341 points342 points  (5 children)

On the Cosmic Calendar, that is only 0.011426086956522 of the last second of the last day.

Not very long relatively speaking.

[–]Da_zero_kid 56 points57 points  (1 child)

Reading this comment in NDT’s soothing voice just reminded me how much I want a season 2 of Cosmos.

[–]dayandnox 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yes you got me :)

[–]Davless 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thanks, Neil's Twitter account.

[–]Track2onStageFourTwin Peaks 0 points1 point  (0 children)

just makes you realize how long the universe has existed. still in awe.

[–]TooShiftyForYou 76 points77 points  (6 children)

I forgot Seth MacFarlane was attached to this. Season 1 was incredibly good, 5 years later seems like enough of a wait for season 2.

[–]DAVasquez- 39 points40 points  (1 child)

Better than 34 years!

[–]Shipsinker22 19 points20 points  (1 child)

i love that seth is such a nerd for space. cosmos and orville are great and i dont really doubt he’ll make the second season great.

[–]MortalJohn 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I just assume that he has a animation team dedicated to space scenes for both Cosmos, and Orville.

[–]KatMot 1 point2 points  (0 children)

He's quoted as saying his work in the cosmos season 1 was what made The Orville possible. He was able to get a good special effects team together.

[–]Thatonedude25 194 points195 points  (90 children)

Love him or hate him, you can’t deny that Tyson was amazing on the Cosmos. I can’t wait till when it comes out

[–]DShepard 121 points122 points  (65 children)

Yeah, I can't stand NDT's online personality but he was undoubtedly a fantastic narrator for Cosmos.

[–]konrain 1 point2 points  (59 children)

You dont like his personality? why?

[–]analpleasuremachine 135 points136 points  (39 children)

He can be pretty douchey on Twitter. IIRC he was telling people to calm down about the eclipse because it happens pretty often somewhere in the world.

[–]LrFriday 77 points78 points  (23 children)

On Star Talk he talked about how the eclipse was exciting because it went from coast to coast and was only seen from the US.

Whenever he talks about his tweets on the show, he never indicates any sort of condescending intentions or malice. Perhaps he just doesn't know how he conveys himself over social media, which I think is a fairly common thing.

[–]clevername71 13 points14 points  (6 children)

He knows. He just thinks he’s playing to an incredibly dumb audience. See this thread where he implies that if you find the tweets condescending then they weren’t meant for you but for others. https://twitter.com/charlescwcooke/status/947973587906060290

[–]wearer_of_boxers 21 points22 points  (0 children)

“Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.”

― George Carlin

[–]FTWJewishJesus 5 points6 points  (1 child)

So, what he’s playing to the “To be fair, you need to be incredibly smart to understand rick and Morty” crowd?

Tweeting stuff they can go “yeah you plebs celebrating a cosmically insignificant event! I’m a person of science that’s why I’m not at a New Years party!” ????

Sorry if that seems rude but I honestly don’t know what other light to view the knowledge that New Years is cosmically insignificant.

[–]clevername71 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oh I'm with you. I think this goes deeper to the discussion about his role in public science education.

Sagan and others wanted to elevate the discussion. NDT (on twitter at least) lowers it. The best communicators give their audience the benefit of the doubt, whether it's television shows, movies, or politicians. They trust that they can lead the audience to where they want the audience to go. NDT just goes down to the lowest level and beats them over the head with how idiotic they are in his eyes.

[–]hidden_raptor -1 points0 points  (1 child)

And IMO it was Charles C. W. Cooke‏ that acted like a douche in the scenario. And NDT responded with 110% civility. And Charles C. W. Cooke‏ acknowledged that, even if some of his followers didn't get it. And Neil never even said new years was insignificant at all, he says it is cosmically arbitrary. He never says it doesn't mean anything. I feel like many people that find him a douche may see his comments as attacking them or others, when he is simply trying to impart some knowledge.

[–]KatMot 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The NYE tweet had layered meanings. If you saw just one layer, then all you saw was a dick while the rest of us saw a man of science begging the human race to look to the skies and not at the ground.

[–]chevymonza -4 points-3 points  (12 children)

It's weird how everybody considers him "douchey" but he's just very passionate about the subject, and on another level of understanding with it.

He seems to do a great job at conveying complex information into a very understandable and entertaining format.

I'm nuts about Cosmos and his interviews with Colbert, but Star Talk is a bit too disjointed for my taste. It jumps around too much.

[–]ds612 20 points21 points  (5 children)

I love the guy but even I have to agree when other people get turned off by his douchiness. I mean, it seems douchey to me, I just accept it because I'm interested in anything new in the scientific field.

[–]lostsoul34 0 points1 point  (5 children)

Star talk is a disaster considering how well Neil does on other shows

[–]chevymonza 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Yeah it's weird. I can't even sit through it, whereas I can't get enough of his one-on-one interviews.

[–]lostsoul34 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Exactly I love his appearances on late night shows or jre or something

[–]hidden_raptor 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I assume you are talking about the tv show (which I've never seen). I've listened to the podcast for years and I've heard they did a bad job adapting it for a show and it is basically a podcast that is visually recorded and edited down more. So it makes sense it isn't great.

[–]lostsoul34 0 points1 point  (1 child)

But I’ve listened to podcasts like joe rogan where Neil is on it

It’s amazing

[–]analpleasuremachine 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Fair point, I don't listen to Star Talk is it any good?

[–]NightFire19 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I mean Bill Nye and Neil show up to talk on there pretty often so if you like them it's worth listening to.

[–]LrFriday 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I enjoy it quite a bit. They cover a wide-range of topics, from the cosmological heat death of the universe, to artificial intelligence in cars, to the physics of golf.

If you don't like Neil Degrasse Tyson, he only hosts 1 of the 3 shows on the network. The other two, Playing with Science, and Star Talk All Stars, don't feature him much.

Playing with Science is all about the science of sports, and All Stars features a wide rotating cast of scientists and comedians. On the main channel, Neil will often interview scientists, book authors, politicians such as Al Gore, astronauts, the list goes on. The interviews are always fascinating. Neil is a very passionate man, and sometimes has a hard time not interrupting his guests (less so during 1 on 1 interviews, more during the group podcasts), but the science is always fascinating and solid.

Bill Nye hosts occasionally. Not a fan of him on it, he plays the same jokes each time and spends a lot of time plugging the planetary society or his new show, so I recommend avoiding episodes where he hosts.

Overall, it's a great trio of science-based podcasting that I use on my daily commute. The comedians are funny, the science is entrigueing, and it's a good time. I recomend it. 8.5/10

[–]KatMot 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Gee, thats a stellar qualifier for a persons doucheyness. Maybe the problem is you if you can't come up with a solid reason to think of him that way. FWIW, my favorite thing about him is just how excited he gets discussing science, I like how he gets so engrossed when he realizes he can enlighten an audience. He's a very god orator.

[–]PrettyFlyForAFatGuy 10 points11 points  (7 children)

Apparently he is kind of an arsehole irl

[–]Nerfthisguy 12 points13 points  (2 children)

I think I remember some college paying for him too be flown out and stay in a hotel for him to just be a jerk the whole time and only talked about his show.

[–]IronTagger 0 points1 point  (3 children)

[–]hidden_raptor 6 points7 points  (2 children)

So I looked at that site you linked.

and accused him of telling students they could pass Astronomy 101 if they gave him a blow job.

First off, he never taught "astronomy 101"if it is even called that anywhere, or any astronomy class at all. And even if he did, if you want to be an astrophysicist, and you have to suck a dick to guarantee in A in astronomy 101, then you are never going to ben an astrophysicist.

And the article ends with

I have absolutely no idea if any of this is true, and neither Amet nor Tyson responded to my requests for comment

Sounds like they didn't even look up the basic facts and that Neil was never in a position to even offer good grades for sexual favors. The author just wanted to say something bad about the big bad science man that the author does not agree with.

I'm not saying it is impossible, but that article is dubious.

She also said Tyson was the reason she didn’t further pursue her dream of reaching the stars and becoming a full-fledged astrophysicist, and accused him of telling students they could pass Astronomy 101 if they gave him a blow job.

I need some elaboration on this. Why would Neil, another fellow student, be able to give As out to other students. Was Neil the TA or section leader or something? Why doesn't the author dive into that a bit more and give some sort of context for why a fellow student would be able to give out good grades for sexual favors.

[–]Flux85 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Hop off that train already my dude, you and these young try hard kids turning on NDT to be edgy need to grow up.

[–]CMDR_Squashface 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Don't forget that Seth MacFarlane is a huge part of this too.

[–]ds612 5 points6 points  (0 children)

He's using that family guy money and clout to good ends.

[–]Oryx 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Amazingly smug, maybe.

[–]khellow 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yeah great show. Can't wait what 2018 visuals is going to add to it.

[–]varro-reatinus 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Love him or hate him, you can’t deny that Tyson was amazing on the Cosmos.

That's a funny way to spell "Sagan."

[–]nate23401 2 points3 points  (9 children)

Yeah. Only as long as he doesn't pretend to be an authority on history anymore.

Edit: To those downvoting me, here is what I'm talking about.

[–]chevymonza 4 points5 points  (0 children)

So the Cosmos segments re: history were inaccurate?

[–]SaulMalone_Geologist 2 points3 points  (5 children)

Gotta say, those "The Bad" points sound pretty nit-picky if you're using them to claim the show is overall inaccurate historically.

Got any more examples of historical inaccuracies in the show?

[–]wearer_of_boxers 0 points1 point  (1 child)

are there many haters out there?

[–]HopDavid 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He lost a lot of fans when he was caught inventing George Bush's 9-11 speech. He had Bush attempting to "distinguish we from they". Which makes sense since Republicans are Arab hating xenophobes, right? Except Bush's actual speech was a call for inclusion. Tyson eventually admitted he was wrong but with some reluctance.

Turns out a lot of Tyson's stories come more from his imagination than actual history. He's turning into a frequent flyer on bad history.

Even his over simplified pop science is often made up bull shit. See this embarrassing bit on cardinality of infinite sets. The guy manages to mangle even high school math and science.

[–]Jarraty -1 points0 points  (1 child)

Who hates him??

[–]HopDavid 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He's annoying to folks who value rigor and accuracy.

[–]kalel1980 47 points48 points  (14 children)

How come this took so long to finally get renewed?

[–]Track2onStageFourTwin Peaks 26 points27 points  (1 child)

they saw how successful twin peaks was after taking a break

[–]IceBreak 2 points3 points  (0 children)

They want that Will & Grace monies.

[–]Seanzilla77Futurama 30 points31 points  (5 children)

They're waiting for the James Webb Space Telescope to launch and get some badass photos for the show. Hopefully anyway.

[–]derHumpink_ 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Isn't it all CGI anyway?

[–]a_salt_weapon 17 points18 points  (0 children)

That's how they faked the moon landing.

[–]Seanzilla77Futurama 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Oh most definitely. But if they find anything cool with the JWST, they can at least put it in the show. But I highly doubt the reason the show is not coming out for another year is that they're waiting for the launch.

[–]NightFire19 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Eh, James Webb isn't taking images in the visible spectrum anyway.

[–]hidden_raptor 0 points1 point  (0 children)

We still convert that into images that we can visually see and that can look cool and can give the fx crew something to work with to create images for the show. It's not like Cosmos only deals with the visible spectrum and never moves onto other things like xrays and infrared (I mention those because there are specific segments in the shows about those specific things). So there is no reason they could not use the james webb images to help inform some segments or episodes. That being said, I doubt they are really taking it into account.

[–]MortWellian 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Wondering the same myself... and wondering if the move from covering terrestrial issues to "Possible Worlds" might be partially why. Which would be a shame really, their coverage of the leaded gasoline history and fallout was amazing.

[–]Viewscreen 34 points35 points  (8 children)

You know, I don't love Seth MacFarlane's other shows, but I really appreciate that he used his influence at Fox to get Cosmos made. It's amazing that a full-on science documentary series actually aired in primetime on an American broadcast network (other than PBS). Assuming that Seth was key in making that happen, I have to respect him for that.

[–]OmegaMega1 10 points11 points  (7 children)

Oh, if you dont mind me asking, what is it you dont like about The Orville?

[–]foureyedinabox 5 points6 points  (1 child)

  1. Mcfarlane is not a strong actor, not close enough to lead a show.
  2. The humor isn’t funny and it actively detracts.
  3. Recycled Sci Fi cliches in every way, character, premise and weekly stories.

Pretty much covers it.

[–]Viewscreen 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I don't want to turn this into another Orville debate, but I'll say I think the writing could be sharper, both in terms of being good Trek and being a comedy. Interesting though that the show is another example of Seth getting a type of show on Fox that no one else is doing on network TV. It's intriguing on that level alone.

[–]Your_Favorite_Poster -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Agreed, really weird how loose the writing is considering this is MacFarlane's big new expensive show. Feels like 90% of the dialog could be sharpened up, and I would rather see the show be 'naturally humorous' than full of jokes that don't land.

That said, it's made well enough for me to be able to 'escape' and ignore everything while I'm watching it, so I'm hoping the second season really pulls me in.

[–]Woolbrick 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Poop jokes.

[–]hidden_raptor 4 points5 points  (1 child)

People that think The Orville is all about poop jokes have not watched The Orville. Or maybe were linked one scene and then decided that that was what the entire show is.

[–]Woolbrick 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I gave it two episodes. There were at least 3 vulgar MacFarlane-esque jokes.

I'm simply not interested in that. I'm sure it's a fine show, but every time that happens, it rips me out of the show and destroys my enjoyment. That's all there is to it, for me. I found myself unable to enjoy it.

[–]infinitempg 64 points65 points  (7 children)

awwwww yissssss

[–]Track2onStageFourTwin Peaks 6 points7 points  (2 children)

i'm so excited to see the intro again, by far one my favorite parts of the series


[–]Gekthegecko 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It's so beautiful. I love this show so much.

[–]McCyanide 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Perfectly sums up how I felt when I read the headline.

[–]phoebus67 2 points3 points  (0 children)

seriously yeah. Ive been waiting years for this

[–]Champie 0 points1 point  (0 children)

mother fuckin space

[–]Internotyourfriend 12 points13 points  (5 children)

Anyone else notice how he pronounces “water”? Somehow he manages to squeeze a R in the middle. WaRter

[–]TheDudeNeverBowls 4 points5 points  (3 children)

That's a Philly thing, as far as I know. Almost everyone I now from Philly says warter.

I make fun of them :)

[–]NickyBananas 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Neil is from New York and has no background in Philly and the Philly accent pronounces it like "woulder"

[–]go_flyers 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Can confirm. Most annoying thing about Philly/South Jersey

[–]Internotyourfriend 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Keep up the good work!

[–]castledrake 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Best news of the week! Can't wait!

[–][deleted] 15 points16 points  (5 children)

Good to hear, Carl Sagan would be happy.

[–]fremenist 14 points15 points  (0 children)

I really liked the Cosmos reboot. Specifically I really enjoyed the animation. The art style was really cool. Hope they bring that back. And tardigrades!

[–]iEatButtHolez 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I'd rather have another carl sagan

[–]kristsun 2 points3 points  (0 children)

in this moment i am euphoric...

[–]THEnimble_mongoose 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Neil DeGrasse Tyson is a fake hollywood scientist.

[–]diiejso 11 points12 points  (3 children)

Hopefully they put more effort into getting the history sections of the show correct this time round.

[–]JonArc 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Ya, there's the episode about Clair Patterson. While the episode is good I feel the interpration misrepresented things a bit, mostly involving some of the rigor, Patterson's reseasons for involment. I'm not gonna comment about the portral of his opponant (who's name is slipping my mind) as I need to do more research, but they seem to vilify him a bit.

Here is a interesting interview with Patterson.

Edit: Some words

[–]ExplicitJab 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Care to expound on that at all?

[–]diiejso 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I'm not an expert on the matter and it's been awhile since I watched the series, but if you search for Cosmos in /r/badhistory and /r/AskHistorians you can find several examples. There are also published articles about it from when the show aired. Essentially they ignored modern mainstream accepted accounts of history complete with sources and instead used stories citing "some historians say" and told inaccurate accounts of people like Bruno that better fit their narrative of religion in history than the actual truth.

[–]pperca 1 point2 points  (0 children)

that took forever

[–]UncleDan2017 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If i recall correctly, there were similarities (and some differences of course) between the way the information was laid out as far as episodes and the stories in the episode between Sagan's and NDT's Cosmos. It will be interesting to see where they go with S2, since it seems like it would have to be all new content.

[–]SernyRanders 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think the first season was ok, it's unfortunate a lot people compare NDT with Carl Sagan, because there won't be another Carl Sagan.

Sagan wasn an exceptional human beeing, who was knowledgable not only in Science but also in History,Literature,Philopsophy and Politics, it's impossible to fill his shoes.

[–]LaszloK 6 points7 points  (40 children)

Not a big fan of NDT or his presenting style but still very excited - the content of the reboot was good and i'll happily eat up more!

[–]betweenwordsandstarsPerson of Interest 3 points4 points  (0 children)

YEEEES!!!! I am so happy!!

[–]turd_boy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I find this thoroughly exciting.

[–]UnwantedRhetoric 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Good news!

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Can't wait!

[–]fluttersnipe 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Gotta say, I don't think I could watch him after seeing how much of an asshole he can be on twitter. He seems to delight in ruining people's fun over dumb shit and pedantics.

[–]mrtemporallobe 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well...actually, it’s the little details that can not be kept track of by definition

[–]DAVasquez- 0 points1 point  (0 children)

5 years later as opposed to 34! I don't have to be an old man to watch this again!

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[–]Track2onStageFourTwin Peaks 0 points1 point  (0 children)

“Cosmos: Possible Worlds” is scheduled to premiere globally in Spring 2019. In conjunction with the launch of the new season, National Geographic Books will publish a companion book of the same name, which is written by Druyan

Oh shit, i'm even more excited about a new book.

[–]crazyguyunderthedesk 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Why did this take so long, the first season was awesome!

[–]Hello_There_____ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hell yeah he's the best!

[–]wave_theory 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Kinda hope they tone down the animations. Wasn't a huge fan of those in part 1.

[–]CedarCabPark 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah I agree. Definitely want less of that. I honestly kind of skipped through a lot of it

I stilll think the best space doc is easily thw Alec Baldwin narrated one where they keep going further and further out. Shit is amazing.

[–]neverdieeasy34 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Love it. I watched Season 1 three times. I am not college educated and I learned a lot from it. Call it Cosmos’s for dummies!

[–]NewClayburn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

About damn time.

[–]tuberippin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Best news so far this year

[–]PrinceKickster 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I wonder what this new season will be about this time (well except for that it's about space, I mean specifically)

[–]clockworkman7 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]Bloxy-Boy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Can’t wait

[–]ALBINOBLACKMANMLG 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is math related to science?

[–]Internotyourfriend 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I always thought you Brits kinda removed the r, like wow-tah. And I must admit that my own grandma manages to slip a R into wash. WaRsh, and Warshington. South of Chicago btw. Luckily I don’t find any of these annoying.

[–]Vladie 0 points1 point  (0 children)

About damn time.

[–]SkeweredFromEarToEye 0 points1 point  (1 child)

A season 2? I thought it was just being a stand alone series. I wasn't asking for more exactly. I just thought it was summed up as one thing, and done.

[–]KyamBoi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Alright pack it up everyone. Science and history are finished now. No more interesting educational shows that inspire people allowed!

[–]look-in-to-it 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Neil made the earth pear shaped

[–]l1nkage 0 points1 point  (0 children)

One of the best shows ever created.

[–]BonicusCaponicus 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Boo. Carl was the King. Call it NDG 123 or something. NDG is so full of himself, it made me sick to watch it. Boo.

[–]mrjarod 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fuuuuunk yeaaaaahhhh!!!

[–]Liv4lov 0 points1 point  (0 children)

YESSS! When can I see it?

[–]duramu_otoko 0 points1 point  (0 children)

ITT: People who are confused about the speed at which science happens.

Just because it's a TV show doesn't mean there is enough new and exciting material to make a new season every year.

[–]SweetnSaltyPanda 0 points1 point  (0 children)

F*** yeah!

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[–]dont_ban_me_please 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Can you please not air at the exact freeking same time as Game Of Thrones this time?

[–]TheMetaGamer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

By the time this airs will we even believe in science anymore? /s

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There's something about NDT that just rubs me the wrong way. I like that he's all about educating everyone and isn't afraid to stand his ground or call out those that need it... I like him, yet somehow, he gets on my nerves. He's like that friend you have that you love, but no matter what, they just get on your nerves.

[–]opinionmcgee 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I'll never understand why Reddit doesn't like the guy. We need more people like him, making science and the universe more appealing to the everyday person.

[–]HopDavid 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He will study something with half his attention and then build a story around it. Which is usually entertaining but often wrong.

When he mangles high school math and science it is merely annoying. But it's a serious transgression when he invents histories to support his talking points.

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[–]starshame 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I hope its more like the original Cosmos. This new one came off as a animated science history lesson. I was disappointed. Every episode i was like "more cartoons?!"

[–]KnockingNeo -2 points-1 points  (0 children)