Monday, June 17, 2013

2010 / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios - 1984

It's Space Mission Monday with Tabonga, here at The Dungeon!.. We gots the excellent $28,000,000 follow up to the 1968 special effects trend setting 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY by the great sci-fi author, Arthur C. Clarke. I got to see 2001 at the new Cinerama theater in Seattle in 1968, whotta trip that was, nudge nudge, wink wink!!..

Eegah!! sent over a soundclip featuring the HAL computer being brought back to the land of the living, sooooo, you can push the big red 'GO' button there next to the mini flying saucer, NOW, Ralphie The Tarantula! Here's our audio offering for... 2010!

Roy Scheider plays American astro scientist, Dr. Heywood Floyd. He consoles his wife in their very cool bedroom (Forry called it 'the badroom') before the next thing he knows, he's being brought out of hybernation inside the giant soviet spaceship, Leonov.

Then, he has to console a frightened female Russian crew member as they have to inflate huge reentry balloons to escape disaster when they're forced to fly close to Jupiter to save fuel and assure their return to Earth!.. And, it's one Hell of a ride!

Dr. Floyd assists Dr. Curnow (John Lithgow) before his spine chilling space walk over to the 2001 spaceship, Discovery One.

Curnow and a Russian finally make it over to the spinning Discovery and turn the light on!

A space gateway is put up between the two ships, then, Dr. Chandra (Bob Balaban) goes over and brings HAL back to life, part of that process is heard in our soundclip.

The monolith appears, and, when a manned probe is sent over to investigate, it zaps the craft, killing the Russian inside!

Mysteriously, Dave Bowman (Kier Dullea) broadcasts a message to all the people of Earth, who are on the verge of nuclear war. Then, he appears in the Discovery with Dr. Floyd.

Dave tells Dr. Floyd about an amazing event that is about to happen, then, millions of monoliths start pouring out of Jupiter!!

They hook up Discovery to the Leonov for the extra propulsion they need to escape before freakin' Jupiter collapses in on itself and becomes another sun! Discovery is destroyed after it's unharnessed from the Russian ship, that barely makes it to safety!

One last message is transmitted to the lowly Earthlings...

Now, there are two suns in the sky! I have to do a painting of this scene for myself, it strikes a primordial nerve with me.


Anonymous said...

That's weird: I watched the blu-ray 2 days ago.
Over decades I always thought this movie may be a bit boring, but surprise: I totally loved it! ^^

Spookycatboy said...

In the book 3001, the new star Lucifer fades after nearly 1000 years ("the banished stars returned").

Douglas McEwan said...

I've never bothered to see this stupid movie a second time, although 2001 is one of my favorite movies, which I've seen countless times.

I never did figure out why Kier Dullea's (Whom I've met. Very nice man) character kept saying that "Something Wonderful" was going to happen. Because if Jupiter suddenly became a full-fledged star, all life on earth would be roasted to death in a couple of agonizing days. It ain't "Something Wonderful"; it's the end of the world. And Kier never says anything informative, just "Something Wonderful." I was reminded of the song in The King and I:

"He will not always say,
What you would have him say,
But now and then he'll say:
'Something wonderful.'"

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