Updated on November 17, 2008, 11:32 AM - Written by Tim Buttner
For the sake of argument lets say that if aliens decided to land on this rock, they would more than likely do it outside of human civilization in order to avoid contact with a species that they don't understand, or trust, yet. Our alien friends decide to land in the remote state of Vermont, and happen to do so in the winter. It's early March and a storm has brought in two feet of snow along with our alien visitors.
To begin with the aliens are prepared to face extreme temperatures and have the appropriate clothing (or perhaps they have an extra coat of fur) that allows them to travel outside without freezing to death. They venture down the mountain and come to a clearing. Actually it's not a clearing, but instead a trail cut into the side of the mountain. There's this strange set of poles with a cable connected between them with chairs going up one side and down the other. There are also theses pipes that run along the trail that are connected to these gun-like devices. Our alien friends are curious, but also cautious.
The chairs start moving, and our alien friends flee back into the woods. They watch as humans ride up these lifts with thin boards of wood attached to their feet. In fact they either have one thin board on each foot, or one fat one that can be connected to both. Soon the humans come flying down the mountain, gliding on the snow with these boards of wood in between. The aliens glance at each other with amusement.
The alien visitors venture to the bottom the mountain to find lodges gathered together to form a small village where large quantities of humans are gathering. They line up to get on to these chairs that take them up the mountain, while others come flying down off the mountain to get back in line. Some spray snow on their friends when they stop and share a laugh. A man on a motorize machine goes zooming by the aliens up the mountain. It's a snowmobile, but the aliens don't know this, so they marvel at t...
Updated on November 10, 2008, 12:01 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
According to 2001: A Space Odyssey computers aren't, just as Star Wars proves that the Empire isn't trustworthy. Alien brings to our realization that corporations are just as dangerous to trust. Is there anyone to trust? Who can you trust in this world? Universe?
Ridley Scott went from Alien to Blade Runner, which proves that not even our maker is trustworthy. The replicants, lead by Roy Batty, hide and are hunted by blade runner Deckard until Roy meets with Dr. Elden Tyrell. Their reason for being back on Earth is to extend their lifespan. Tyrell breaks the news that he can't reverse their termination date, and Roy crushes Tyrell's eyes back into his skull. This brutality and yet Roy saves Deckard's life seconds after pursuing him like a hound up an abandoned apartment building. Is there hope for trust from even a replicant? Deckard listens as Roy sums up the sum of his existence, and passes. Deckard can't trust his police superiors, because they roped him into this investigation and also because they want him to retire Rachel, a replicant he has fallen in love with. As Deckard and Rachel flee, Deckard notices a shiny paper origami. He picks up the unicorn shape, and knows Gaff had been there, and spared them. Deckard again witnesses trust by being spared by someone he couldn't trust previously.
A sharp contrast to the bleaker trust issues of Alien, and Blade Runner is far from cheerful, the question remains about who it is that you can trust. Ash, the resident human looking computer aboard the Nostromo, is a far cry different from the replicants of Blade Runner. He abides completely to orders that come from Mother, which was programmed by the company, and therefore he also does the bidding of the company. Blind obedience out of something that isn't human, but capable of deceiving them, and hindering them is exactly enough to make you never want to trust anyone you can't tell...
Updated on November 2, 2008, 2:13 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
Is it possible that Luke Skywalker represents the United States of America in the first installment of the Star Wars movies? The people of the US were tired of the corruption in their government, and its failure to do anything to fix it. "The Clone Wars" in the Star Wars universe represents two different conflicts that the United States fought in to battle the spread of Communism on the planet Earth. Those conflicts, Korea and Vietnam, were part of American's recent memory at the time of the first Star Wars release, especially Vietnam, and lent to the suspended belief that Luke represented them.
Luke talks about the rebellion but feels there's nothing he can do to aid it in its fight against the Empire, which represents the Communist regime of the USSR, and whines about never being able to get out of his dead-end life as a moister farmer. His answer comes in the form of two droids carrying a distress call from Princess Leia, whose part of the Rebel Alliance, intended for Obi-Wan Kenobi. The American people's answer came in the form of viewing first hand corruption in its highest power at Watergate, which propelled them to cry out for change. The change didn't come quickly but, in its own way, it managed to prove the infallibility of the young United States that was policing the world. Maybe the Empire was in some way the United States then, and Luke Skywalker was supposed to be rebelling against the atrocities being committed by those in power, to which the American people needed to rebel against.
The major turning point in Luke's decision to accompany Obi-Wan and the droids to Alderaan is the death of his aunt and uncle by the faceless Stormtroopers, who we've now learned stemmed from the Clone Troopers of the Clone Wars. The American people didn't have as major of a turning point to make them decide to push for change in their government because Nixon left office and a new political party took over. They w...