The one enduring image I have of Cosmos was Sagan sitting in a dining hall at Cambridge University, having a very fancy pie delivered, cutting into it, and intoning "If you want to make an apple pie from scratch you have to invent the universe."
Oh yes, and the oft-repeated "Billions and Billions."
Hopefully Tyson will be better able to capture this short attention span generation.
I like the reverse psychology, particularly works very well with my kid. On the same lines, how often we see Nobel ceremonies/ Field medal awards, Engineering milestone celebrations as compared to VMA, Oscars, Golden globe, and a million other 2-dimensional world awards.
The culture is completely show business, ironically the latest and the greatest marvels are happening right in front our eyes which we do not recognize it in a grand sense. Hopefully this program will steer back to cosmic ownership.
Finally CS was classic, I was too young to understand. I am optimistic with Neil from what he has done on propaganda.
I found Carl Sagan's COSMOS series to be absolutely glacier after watching James Burke's CONNECTIONS series. Burke covered so much material that repeated viewings were necessary (and just as enjoyable) to pick up on everything he covered. Sagan, on the other hand had me shouting at the TV, "Get to the (bleep)ing point, Carl!" as I tried to watch him set up a single example about selective genetics that seemed to take 15 minutes or more. I know it was less, but Carl managed to make time crawl, whereas James was a firehose of information in the same time.
I'm hoping Neil deGrasse Tyson will not think he has to dumb it down for the slowest kid in the class.