Starting this Sunday and continuing nearly every Sunday night until January 26th, I am going to gather with friends and watch every episode of Cosmos. I hope you'll do something like this with your friends and family, too. If you’ve never seen it, watch it. You'll be surprised how good it is.
Why? Because we’re rapidly approaching the last time we can ever watch Cosmos as just “Cosmos.”
Fox’s new series begins sometime early next year, starring the ever-so-excellent Neil deGrasse Tyson in the main role.
I’m excited about it, but once it airs, there will be two Cosmos series. Our brains will inevitably make comparisons between the staging, special effects, themes, music, etc. Think of how the Star Wars trilogy changed after Episode One.*
So I’d like to take advantage of the next few months to re-watch Cosmos, the original, without any comparisons. We’re calling this “Cosmos with Cosmos,” after an informal Cosmos-watching group I participated in while my wife was a graduate student at Cornell University. We’d get together with friends once a week, make some cosmos, watch an episode, and then talk about it. Cosmos with Cosmos. But you could call it Cosmos with Beer, Cosmos with Apple Pie, or just Cosmos with Friends.
Every Monday, I will post a piece discussing the previous night’s episode, and hopefully feature guest posts from scientists and Society members (not necessarily different groups!) for people to follow along with, comment, and discuss. I’ll generally follow a format that I enjoy from the AV Club TV reviews: general episode recap, discussion, observations, and user comments.
So even though we can't throw formal viewing parties, we can watch it more informally with friends and then talk about it online. This series is nothing if not thought-provoking.
There are multiple ways to watch. Hulu has the whole series available to stream for free (though with commercials). iTunes has it. Of course, you could get all old-school (like me) and watch it on the Cosmos DVD box set .