Like a lot of people, “Rocket Boys” author and former NASA engineer Homer Hickam tuned into last night’s premiere of “Cosmos,” a reboot of Carl Sagan’s 13-part science series. Unfortunately, he wound up being disappointed. The show’s rather inauspicious beginning probably didn’t help:

Bleh. We definitely could’ve done without an appearance from The One:

If only.

Things didn’t really improve for Hickam as the show went on:

But it wasn’t just Carl Sagan’s absence that felt wrong to Hickam. It was also the not-so-subtle politics that seeped into the show:

Evidently it’s too much to ask for a science series to focus on, you know, science.



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