I like the show. The original "Cosmos" was more vehicle for Carl Sagan himself who was very in love with himself with long close-ups to his face and him constantly pursing his lips. Carl would never let long cartoon run when he could explain it with a close-up. I remember when I watched TOS "Cosmos" I felt kind of dirty afterwards like I was on a date with a man, because of Carl's lips pursing that made me feel like he was trying to kiss me. That's why I can't stand Brian Cox shows - I mean talking about being in love with himself - YUCK! DeGrasse is not in love with himself. He's fat, unshaved guy and first episode was more like some little bit more ambitious BBC episode while I think in the 2nd one science really started to shine. DeGrasse is like a lovechild of Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan. With his blackness as a symbol of their hippy love toward humanity.