I found it free on Hulu.com. I started, accidentally, on episode 2.
The 2nd episode starts with life, as opposed to the stars. Not what I initially expected, but still promising.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson is good, REI rustic next to a fire. He is talking about evolution. Most of the talk of evolution is about wolves -> dogs. It is well articulated.
After the dogs, he goes down to the molecular level, exploring DNA. He connects plants to humans, which is truly awesome.
I am amazed by the sheer scope of this episode! All of evolutionary science distilled down to a bite sized chunk. Yet it doesn’t seem rushed so much as orchestrated.
Neil also talks about Tardigrades, which are one of the most hardy of all organisms, surviving every major extinction! He drops in little memorable tidbits like this, which keep one’s attention piqued.
In the end, Cosmos is what I was hoping it would be: a celebration of science.