Quick PSA: ‘Cosmos’ Is Free On Hulu

http://www.wwu.edu/depts/skywise/a101/carl_sagan.jpgHulu has kindly posted the original Cosmos series. Which is wonderful, because my idle time would otherwise probably be spent watching Hell’s Kitchen.

The opening line of episode 9: “If you wish to bake an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the Universe.”

(A notch above hearing Gordon Ramsey tell one of his chefs where they can go stick that overcooked Beef Wellington.)

Oh — It’s just occurred to me that all of the background music is stolen from the BBC’s Hitchhiker’s Guide from 1978. . .

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5 thoughts on “Quick PSA: ‘Cosmos’ Is Free On Hulu”

  1. I loved the series when it first aired (holy crap, I’m old), but I don’t seem to have the patience for it now. By pure coincidence, I happened to watch some clips of it recently, and found myself constantly wanting Sagan to step it up and stop talking to me like a small child. I think this comes from having watched everything by James Burke in the years after this. But I loved it when I first saw it, and I appreciate it now for what it is, was, and ever shall be.

    In re Hitchhiker’s Guide TV show, Douglas Adams said he wanted something spacey “with harmonica,” and the Eagles’ “Journey of the Sorcerer” was “absolutely perfect.” (from the annotated radio scripts, as best I recall) Most of the music on ‘Cosmos’ was essentially (although no one has ever publicly admitted this) a selection of listener favourites from the syndicated public radio programme “Music from the Hearts of Space,” extremely popular at the time.

  2. I love Carl Sagan. His soothing voice guided me through many pot soaked viewings of Cosmos.

    He is the preacher of my cosmic religion. (and was a pot-smoker/advocate)

  3. And then there’s Bernie Leadon (The Eagles, Flying Burrito Brothers) to thank for the Theme to the Guide, aka The Eagle’s track ‘Journey of the Sorcerer’…

  4. Nothing like floating through the omniverse in a dandelion seed spaceship, listening to Vangelis, contemplating humanity’s dangerous, evolutionary baggage.

    The Music of Cosmos Soundtrack Album Track Listing

    1. Heaven and Hell, Part I – Vangelis
    2. Symphony No. 11 – Houston Symphony Orchestra
    3. Alpha – Vangelis
    4. Depicting the Cranes in Their Nest – G Yamaguchi
    5. Canon a 3 on a Ground in D – Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
    6. Four Seasons, The (Spring) – Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
    7. Sea Named “Solaris”, The – Isao Tomita
    8. Partitia No. 3 – Arthur Grumiaux
    9. Symphony No. 19 – Sevan Philharmonic
    10. Legacy – Synergy
    11. Russian Easter Festival Overture – Suisse Romande Orchestra
    12. Inside the Heart of the Universe – Toru Takemitsu/NHK Symphony Orchestra
    13. Fly Night Bird – Roy Buchanan
    14. Beauborg, Part II – Vangelis
    15. Rite of Spring, The – London Symphony Orchestra
    16. Entends-Tu les Chiens Aboyer? – Vangelis
    17. Bulgarian Shepherdess Song – V. Balkanska
    18. Heaven and Hell, Part I – Vangelis

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