Kryten: [Throws a dead battery over his shoulder and inserts a new one]
The Cat: [Still panicking] So what’s the news?
Kryten: Well, if I could just beg your indulgence for a few seconds more, sir, the old 345 takes a little time to warm up. [He shakes it some more] Ah. Now here are the results. Yep. And we’re going to … … live.
Lister: [sighing] We’re a real Mickey Mouse operation aren’t we?
Red Dwarf (TV Series) Quarantine (1992)
Finally got around to watching Prometheus last night. And I can see why for many the film sucked. The cinematography, lighting, design, costume, props, etc, even the acting are all first rate but what lets the movie down is the poorly thought through script. And more specifically the selling of certain key plot devices.
I understand that storytelling convention necessarily takes short cuts with narrative. I understand that actor’s faces need to be seen to make the film entry fee worthwhile. I understand that in this movie’s universe these characters might have visited innumerable different worlds without incident, that they might regard their technology as completely 100% infallible, that is slows story to have characters checking safety readouts every 2 seconds, that as scientists they might be too innocent to recognise that releasing flying mapping projectiles might be interpreted by an alien intelligence as some form of weaponry, and that being all excited about meeting their potential ‘god’ they are all … EXCITED [though there are only two true believers as shown] BUT …
to travel billions of miles across the galaxy, immediately on landing on an unknown planet [after 2 years hyper-sleep] jump into vehicles and hare off across a hostile environment [like out for a Sunday drive], entering an unmapped cavernous structure [in which there may be aliens] an then even though you are supposedly a top scientist in your field [who would surely know about cross contamination of environment], taking off your helmet! REALLY? Sorry at this point my suspension of disbelief crumbled to dust.
Given the ‘I understand’s from above, the main problem is not the stupidity of this move given the character’s motivations or the needs of the plot, but the selling of the need for this action to a modern, savvy audience.
For instance, the whole of the Scream movie series franchise is built upon a self-referential approach to horror [characters aware of the conventions of the horror film genre and able to use them to survive – pantomime’s “he’s behind you”]. Proceeding with the notion that watchers of sci-fi movies are any less aware of the conventions of sci-fi/horror/action narrative is simply insulting your audience. If you are going to use hoary old plot devices you have to find strong enough reasons to make them plausible.
Apparently a large part of the problem might be that the script was rewritten but there were obviously no changes made to crucial aspects of the logic of the story and reasoning/motivation of characters? I at least was left with the same feeling as Ripley in Aliens
Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away?