‘Cosmos’ dazzles in debut


By Todd Leopold

(CNN) — The “ship of the imagination” is roaring ahead into its second voyage.

“Cosmos,” the new, updated version of Carl Sagan’s popular 1980 documentary series exploring the hows, whats and whys of the universe, premiered Sunday night on Fox, the National Geographic Channel and various corporate cousins.

Its “ship of the imagination” — a vehicle to take viewers through wonders large and small — now has a new captain, astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson, but the reaction to the show’s debut shows that entertaining, informative science never goes out of style.

“I’ll be eagerly tuning in for future episodes,” wrote the Los Angeles Times’ Jennifer Ouellette, praising Tyson as “affable” and “engaging” and noting the debut episode’s lively use of ideas — such as the “powers of 10” — that could turn to cliché in other hands.

“Tonally the show strikes just the right balance between education…

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