Cosmos Update segments
Is it me or did anyone else find these poorly placed when the show was rereleased. I'm not objecting to the content itself. It's always good to see Dr. Sagan with relevant information. But I call their placement in the episodes a bad editing choice on the part of the DVD crew. In all of the episodes, the Update segments abruptly interrupt the flow of the ending. Unlike non-PBS shows, Cosmos did not have a commercial break before end credits so placing the Update segment after Dr. Sagan's closing monologue and before the credits ruined the dramatic pacing of most of the endings, especially as his ending monologue flows seamlessly (along with Vangelis' music) into the end credits.
I hope that when they rerelease this with a much needed overall re-mastering (if possible), they present the episodes as they were originally aired in 1980, no edits, no cut-ins, no revisions. I did however, like the "option" of unobtrusive subtitles that appeared whenever something was said or shown onscreen in the series that we now know to be out of date. Ironically, the Cosmos Updates (being that they are from circa 1990) date the show much more noticably than anything in the show itself. In a future disk release, why not just have the Cosmos Updates present elsewhere on disk as extras for historical purposes?
Cosmos was never just about the "science" and being up to date. True that with increasing knowledge, more things mentioned in the show will become "dated" or "historical". What made the show different from other documentaries is the fact that much of the information presented will always be relevant because it deals with universal constants and concepts about science and the human condition. So it's not all that important that when we eventually get to Jupiter and Europa, we might not find those giant balloon creatures or underwater life. It's the presentation of ideas and how science ideally should be presented as opposed to deliberately esoteric elitist language accessible only to insiders. In that way, Cosmos has not dated at all.