Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Day Seventy-eight - Cosmos: Episode 10, or "Prepare for brain drain... in a good way."
This episode, though, "The Edge of Forever" is a serious strain on one's conceptualization ability.
I say this because we take a brief trip to Flatland.
Pretty heavy stuff, no?
Luckily, the rest of the episode isn't as difficult as Carl takes us on a trip to India and talks about the Hindu legends of the universe and its cycles of creation and destruction that may be similar to what actually happens. He uses this bit of culture to springboard into discussion about whether our universe is expanding eternally or will eventually contract in on itself.
Perhaps a bit depressing, but what else is there to do but live and be happy?
It was also good to see the Very Large Array (or VLA), what with being a New Mexican, myself, for the past twenty years or so. It's a point of pride for us, after all, and even garnered our state a bit of press as a location for Jodie Foster's movie based on Sagan's novel, Contact.
A tiny point of pride, but still.
As always, I love Cosmos... and miss Carl (and Debbie) terribly. While this episode had it's moments of "wha-huh?" I still enjoyed it quite a bit... especially the Cosmos Update which was a nice five minute segment at the end of the episode where an elder Sagan reported on developments made in the years after he first recorded the episode (and, sadly, before his death in 1996).
Until tomorrow, Potatoes~