As I mentioned before, my friend said that he enjoyed watching movies while playing the space trucking portion of his video games. He had me sit down and experience the whole “movie in the corner of the VR screen” thing while I was going back and forth between places and he put on 1979’s Alien for me. (I only made it around 10 minutes or so before I needed a break.)
But there was something that I *IMMEDIATELY* noticed in the opening scene. Here, I’ll show it and you can see if you catch it. (If you’re worried that it’s too scary for a Sunday morning, don’t worry. It’s the first 100 or so seconds. There aren’t any aliens in it. No people either, for that matter. It’s just the spaceship turning itself on.)
Did you catch it? Go back to 0:58. See that there in the lower left hand corner? It’s an ashtray.
Over the course of the next few minutes, we go on to see the astronauts waking up from hypersleep (oh, my gosh! John Hurt is, like, 20! Harry Dean Stanton still looks like an old man, but he looks like a very young old man!) and they sit around the table in the common room and half of them are smoking! In outer space! (There was also a scene where we see Ian Holm at the table grab a gallon of what looks like milk. I suppose that’s something that could be submitted to “r/moviedetails”. Take that if you care to. Free karma for you.)
And that got me thinking about how that’s one heck of a future that seemed plausible enough for 1979 but, today, I know is downright absurd. I mean, I laughed out loud when I saw the ashtray. I laughed and told my buddy “Oh, the futures we used to have!”
And then they found the eggs on that one ship and I needed to take a break.
So… what are you reading and/or watching?