This episode of ‘Cosmos‘ is a hodgepodge of facts, all centering around the theme of going deeper… and deeper still.
What starts off as an analysis of a dew drop, becomes an exploration of a strange and short-lived environment, which turns into a journey into the body of the atoms that create us. And while everything, from photosynthesis, to the idea that we actually have small force field around us because atoms can never actually touch one another, seemed a disjointed, the way the show moved from topic to topic so flawlessly reminded me of the old Richard Feynman quote, “We are all connected; To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically.”
The episode touched on tardigrades, and how stars work, but it was all correlated. Science, the episode implied heavily, connects us all.
However, of all these tangents, the one that was the most delight full was a sidetrip to the KamiokaNDE to witness evidence of neutrino particulars, and is something that could never have been done in the original airing of Sagan’s ‘Cosmos’. In the middle of a vast cavern, on the raft of a man-made lake a half mile beneath the surface, Neil Degrasse Tyson waits with us as the chamber lights up in blue flashes, indicating a neutrino hitting a proton.
Though interesting, well-written, and curiosity-inspiring, in comparison to how breathtaking the science and poetry of the previous episodes, “Deeper, Deeper, Deeper Still” falls short, as if it’s almost an addendum or a DVD extra. In other words, while it’s good and worth the watch, it’s not exactly the meat of the series.