One of the goofy things about the most popular modern sci-fi is that there’s not a whole lot of “science” going on.
Oh, there are lasers! There are space ships! There might be power armor, maybe! But science? You mean doing tests and having controls and then doing the tests again and then asking somebody else to do a similar test without telling them what your tests concluded?
Yeah, that. Well, now that I think about it, it’s not really *THAT* goofy. Lasers, space ships, and power armor are pretty cool. Two eggheads sitting around and talking about how p seems to be greater than .05, maybe we should do more tests to be sure, well, that’s a recipe for a montage that ends up with something like one of them nodding and saying “okay, so we’ve not falsified the hypothesis.”
Why wouldn’t you see a movie with lasers instead of that one?
That said, from time to time, it’s nice to see that there are movies out there that explore some of the problems that we are very likely to have between here and our inevitable lasers/space ships/power armor future.
Which brings me to The Arrival. What’s it about?
There you go.
So, let’s say, the aliens arrive. You know what language they’re going to speak? That’s right! Their own. So how are we going to communicate with them?
And let’s make a movie about *THAT*.
Oh, and we can put some criticism of modern society in there too.
It’s the best sci-fi that gets you to notice “hey, that thing that we do every day? Without even thinking about it? That’s pretty cool, huh!”
So, what are you reading and/or watching?
(Featured Image is “Edison’s Telephonoscope” by George du Maurier from Punch Almanack for 1879)