Dr Desert Flower and I went to go see Interstellar last night at a local movie theater - us, and 7 or 8 other people scattered throughout had the entire theater of 300 or so seats to ourselves. I'd intentionally not read up on the movie as I wanted to be surprised and enjoy the story telling. Wow. It was really a riveting tale, that Christopher Nolan told quite well.
If you've not seen Interstellar, stop reading now, and go see it soon, or just skip this posting. If you have seen it, please help me to understand:
1) why did the worm hole appear near Saturn 43 years before Dr Brand mentioned it to Cooper? What caused it to "spontaneously form"? And why near Saturn?
2) if the Ranger ship that Cooper was piloting was getting torn apart after it was sucked into the black hole, and he ejected, why didn't he get torn apart also? Space suits and human skin are not as resilient as aluminum and titanium, when being pelted with things that can tear holes in space craft skin. Cooper would have been shredded.
3) who was sitting behind Cooper in the disintegrating Ranger saying "Eject" to him, 3 times, before he ejected? His elementary school aged daughter? Or was it his subconscious talking to him? (or was it "love" … ugh)
4) why didn't anyone try to get oxygen (and nutrients) from algae? Wheat, gone - ok, believable since a global wheat blight is not that far away with various rusts and fungi that are currently attacking homogenized corporate wheat (yea!!! less gluten!!!). Okra, gone, who cares? Those in the Southeast US, ok… Corn, going.. well.. maybe, but DDF says that would take much longer, genetically, since humans have spliced so many genes into corn over the last century that it is rather hardy today. How about Sorghum (grown all around Phoenix)? Soybeans (grown ubiquitously in the Midwest) that are used in everything? Rice (grown throughout Asia, and in water, not in the dust)?
5) who would have ever designed Any ventilation route from the cabin air to Ranger's engines, to would have enabled Cooper to "spark" the Ranger's flooded engines using cabin air and cabin oxygen? It sounds great to tell T.A.R.S. to reroute the air to do that… but.. no one would have ever designed in a 3 way vale that could have channeled cabin oxygen into the propulsion circuit, since the possibilities of back pressure causing the propulsion system to back feed into the cabin and incinerate the crew would dictate (safety first) that these two systems remain separate.
But these 5 plot holes aside… the physics, and theory behind Interstellar was quite sound, and DDF and I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Nolan takes the audience for an exciting 3 hour ride. Warning: go in with an empty bladder; you're going to be sitting still for 3 hours.
Apparently, if Matt Damon is not a main character (Interstellar, The Departed) he's often a royal asshole (DDF would say "seriously flawed character", but I would rather not dress it up in flowery language) whose despicable acts have audience members cheering when he finally meets his demise. I know I cheered when Damon's character tried to manually over-ride the airlock safeties that T.A.R.S. had locked.
I almost named this posting "T.A.R.S. Best Supporting Actor" as the T.A.R.S ex-military robot in Interstellar was hilarious, exceptionally well written, and intrinsically useful. By far, the best "robot buddy" to have, and this is in spite of his "twix candy" appearance near the beginning of the 3 hour movie.
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