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Sci-fi Worthy of Malthus
Townhall.com ^ | May 1, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg

Posted on 05/01/2013 7:18:29 AM PDT by Kaslin

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To: MrB

Yul Brenner kicked a$$ in that movie.


61 posted on 05/01/2013 8:29:44 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Kaslin
I have two examples that still grate upon me of them taking an excellent and original idea and making a travesty of it.

“Kingdom of Heaven” -they took an excellent story from history and proceeded to mess it up, make it derivative, and introduce absurd anachronisms. Guy of Lusignon should have been the hero, played by Orlando Bloom, came to the Holy Land - killed some Muslims that he shouldn't have because they were our allies - romanced and won the princess and eventually the throne - listened to religious fanatics instead of good military council - lost the Kingdom of Jerusalem to Saladin. Instead they made a mockery of the actual history and slandered one of the most romantic histories of the Middle Ages.

“John Carter” - they took a very simple story with excellent sci-fi elements - proceeded to complicate it beyond measure - changed what the characters said, what they did, and their motivations for what they did (they put a sword in Dejah Thora’s hand - and made her WEAK! In the story she didn't flee from sacrificing herself for her people, she embraced it - and her father wasn't willing to sell her into sexual slavery - he was willing to see his entire city fall rather than sell his daughter)- then wondered why it FAILED to capture ANY of the Edgar Rice Burroughs magic.

62 posted on 05/01/2013 8:29:52 AM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: Kaslin

Joseph W. Campbell had the alien/human interaction correct. We come out the winner.


63 posted on 05/01/2013 8:42:56 AM PDT by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: tet68
Something we have not been able to do as yet I think,

Space shuttle fuel cells did it all the time. Water is the output. On the Apollo missions, the astronauts complained the mix was H2 rich, and gave them very smelly flatulance.

/johnny

64 posted on 05/01/2013 8:48:22 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Army Air Corps
Too bad Gabby Hayes is dead...

Yeah, but Gabby Johnson lives forever as long as we remember him, galdangit.

/johnny

65 posted on 05/01/2013 8:52:28 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Consarnit, yer right! Ain’t no dagburn two-bit hornswaggler gonna change that!


66 posted on 05/01/2013 8:53:42 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Something I did not know.
Thank you.


67 posted on 05/01/2013 8:55:31 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Army Air Corps
Rev'rn!

/johnny

68 posted on 05/01/2013 8:59:40 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Army Air Corps

It indeed was the “show with everything, including Yul Brenner”.


69 posted on 05/01/2013 9:04:27 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

Nice music refernce!


70 posted on 05/01/2013 9:05:44 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: pabianice
Star Trek never got over this; every time the ship was in a battle all the control panels on the bridge exploded in sparks and fire.

In space there are no circuit breakers.... or seat belts either.

71 posted on 05/01/2013 9:12:56 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: MrB

Happened after some guy called it a slut..


72 posted on 05/01/2013 9:14:08 AM PDT by enduserindy (A painted trash can is still a trash can.)
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To: enduserindy

ah... cross threading?


73 posted on 05/01/2013 9:16:29 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: KarlInOhio

Indeed. A five point harness would have served well in many an episode.


74 posted on 05/01/2013 9:21:55 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Usagi_yo

“Neither wears the politics on their shoulders and haven’t polluted their product.”

I like a lot of their movies too, but I wouldn’t set my expectations too high as to their political views.

Tom Cruise keeps his opinions to himself most of the time in public as well. The last time he was outspoken was on psychiatry for which he took a lot of bad publicity even though he was probably right.


75 posted on 05/01/2013 9:40:32 AM PDT by unlearner (You will never come to know that which you do not know until you first know that you do not know it.)
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To: 6ppc; Army Air Corps; GeronL

Prince of Darkness Ping!

Warm beer......Lucas refrigerators ping!

Cheers


76 posted on 05/01/2013 9:53:26 AM PDT by petro45acp (It's a fabian thing.....how do you boil a frog? How's that water feelin right about now?)
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To: BenLurkin

I don’t get the reference. Where’s the pic from?


77 posted on 05/01/2013 9:57:05 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Army Air Corps

“Perhaps Lucas Electric had all the starship wiring contracts.”

Coffee up the schnozz - on a thread chock-full of bright comments, yours wins the Blue Ribbon!

If Lucas(or SmithInstuments) is still in business I sure hope it’s not below freezing in space...


78 posted on 05/01/2013 10:01:51 AM PDT by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: Army Air Corps
They are magic panels. Perhaps they use Linux in the 23rd century. ;-)

With error messages like lp0 on fire that might be the case.

79 posted on 05/01/2013 10:02:43 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: headsonpikes

f Lucas(or SmithInstuments) is still in business I sure hope it’s not below freezing in space...

"Cap'n, I canna cold start her, we'll need a jump!"
80 posted on 05/01/2013 10:17:28 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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