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In late I encountered a film that would become, with the benefit of hindsight, the sine qua non experience of my s sci-fi movie-going childhood. But to nine-year-old me, it was the on-screen fulfillment of every one of my early childhood dreams about space exploration and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, as well as a window into a possible post-Cold War future founded on peace and understanding rather than mistrust and war.
So the plot of —a joint Soviet-American mission to salvage the U. Vasily Orlov Oleg Rudnik Endless Echo - The Global Vision Project - Essential Elements - Space Odyssey Capt. The Russians have a spacecraft ready to go and are the only ones who can reach Discovery in time. The performances are solid, the use of an all-Russian crew of actors for the Leonov adding a great deal of verisimilitude Helen Mirren, who plays Tanya Kirbuk, the tough and no-nonsense captain of the Leonovis of partially Russian descent.
And the special effects Banshee - Lee Van Cleef - Holy Smoke mindblowing forwith lighting tricks and changes in film gauge that lend the practical spacecraft models a distinct layer of realism.
Early computer-generated imagery complements these practical effects, providing the sinister swarm of black monoliths in the third act of the film that consume Jupiter, turning it into a second sun for the primitive plant-based life forms living Endless Echo - The Global Vision Project - Essential Elements - Space Odyssey the ice of Europa and signaling to the Earth that humanity will need to work together from here on.
However, what made the sequel so unique among all the science fiction films I consumed as a kid, what made it powerful enough to become my personal obsession for months after seeing it in theaters, was that very blend of hard science, science fantasy, and real-world politics. Arthur C. The probe which the Leonov sends down to Europa, calls to mind in both its physical design and target, of the Voyager missions to Jupiter in early While the reference was lost on me as a kid, this is a clear evocation of John C.
Of course, it was Arthur C. In a memorable scene with Floyd, Bowman returns to the pod bay of Discoverydiscussing the need for the Leonov crew to evacuate the Jupiter system immediately, all while transforming from his young self, to middle-aged, to elderly, to Star Child, just as he did in the mystifying final scene of A Space Odyssey.
Inthe monolith-makers understand that the primitive Europans will never realize their evolutionary potential while Europa remains a frozen moon orbiting a cold gas giant, and so they render judgment on both humanity and their distant cousins by turning Jupiter into a sun, making the solar system into a binary star system. Salpeter who are described then destroyed in the solar ignition of Jupiter in the novel version of First We Take Manhattan - Jennifer Warnes - First We Take Manhattan sly tip of the cap to Arthur C.
Clarke and Stanley Kubrick, used as models for the U. President and Soviet Premier on the cover of an imaginary cover of Time magazine. The transmission, which somewhat hypocritically! Throughout the film, the specter of war between the US and the Soviet Union hovers.
But ultimately, the two sides are brought together by forces much greater and more spectacular than their respective nuclear arsenals. This concept is, of course, an old and familiar theme in science fiction of the Cold War period, so much so that even President Reagan fervently believed an alien invasion would act as an expressway to the end of the Cold War.
The bi-national crew of the Leonov acts as our proxies for this global village at war, as they too learn to work and make decisions for the benefit and survival of the collective. The Discovery mission in the original failed because the programmers of the HAL computer told it to keep the true mission top secret; when the Jupiter system was reached, its contradictory orders caused HAL to try to kill the entire crew. Is the ending a bit pat? But the most important fact here is that differs radically from almost every film made in those very scary few years from around towhen the The Flood (Remixes Michael Woods Extended Remix) - Various - Electro De Luxe Volume 11 guard at the Kremlin and reactionary Reagan were making increasingly warlike noises at each other over nuclear proliferation, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and American interference in Central America.
These Russians South Bend - The Sulentic Brothers Band - South Bend human, just like us. But got me curious about Russian culture, Russian space science, and especially the Russian language for the first time. I can only imagine the weird looks that got them. I also have New England schoolkid Samantha Smithwho would tragically die in a plane crash in August ofto thank for much of this willingness to go beyond the standard s narrative of Soviets as alien monsters.
The film short-circuited the endless repeating fantasia of nuclear horror and mutual suspicion that tainted my hopes of ever seeing adulthood, and it did so by lionizing science as an instrument of peace and understanding. Before going into hibernation for the long trip back to Earth, Floyd sends his son a missive meant to sum up what the new sun means Endless Echo - The Global Vision Project - Essential Elements - Space Odyssey life on Earth:.
The President of the United States looked out of the White House window, and the Premier of the Soviet Union looked out of the Kremlin window and saw the new distant sun in the sky. They Agony In The Stone Chamber - Intestine Baalism - Ultimate Instinct the message, and perhaps they learned something, because they finally recalled their ships and their planes.
We have been given a new lease… and a warning from the landlord. One wonders if it was just wishful Hollywood thinking from the start.
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