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Update 85: Reentry

September 3, 2015 12:05 am

Every space movie in which there is a crash, I’m always convinced someone will be dead. Those crashes are intense and scary, and our bodies are fragile! I mean, really? Nobody dies?

We’ve killed a few characters in this series, come to think of it.


  1. Doctor Seuth says:

    Totally expecting talking apes…

  2. MikeyLikesIt says:

    Sorry, that was “inertial dampers” by the way.

  3. Raith says:

    There’s a bunch of Scifi movies where someone dies in the crash part (Red Mars jumps to mind), more the “hard”/”near future” scifi ones where someone is critically injured with broken insides and has to be left behind after making a dramatic speech about how they need to be left behind etc.

    Usually its to show the “stakes have risen”, though there’s others where the person who dies is usually the Red Shirt type you just learned their name but otherwise feel little attachment to.

  4. MikeyLIkesIt says:

    Like James Blish said in his book on Star Trek, the most unrealistic thing about the TV show was that if the initial dampers *ever* failed to correct for any g-forces involved in space travel, the crew would not be leaning to keep in their seats or on their feet. They would be strawberry jelly on the opposite wall instantly. But that would not make for a very good show, if the camera didn’t rotate a bit and people lean on turns like you do in a car . . .

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