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(Awesome Robo) Video In an effort to make this scifi short film more interesting, the choice was obvious: bizzarro Carl Sagan   ( divider line
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2013-02-03 12:26:25 PM  
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Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: In the spirit of all classic sci-fi, it's not about the future, it's about the present. I agree, it's not the tightest writing I've seen even in an indie project, but you totally missed that the entire point of the story is that given the choice between guns and butter, the human race picks guns nine times out of ten. It's pointing out that if we put the same effort into science that we put into killing one another, we could accomplish great things. The story isn't about spaceships full of nukes orbiting Jupiter, it's about overbudget contemporary weapons programs and an under-funded space sciences program.

Or are you too left-brained to comprehend allegory?

It would have been pretty hard to miss their intended message, being as it was book-ended with it being explicitly stated in the faux-Sagan segments, not to mention the first line of their press site. "We have the knowledge and the means. All we lack is the will. "   Yeah, I get it, but it was piss-poor execution towards that end.  All the best, most celebrated sci-fi works aren't simply nonsensical allegories, they have strong scientific concepts behind them.  Otherwise it's just fiction.  Sci-fi without the reasonable sci will always be a failure in my book.

But let's be a forgiving sort and analyze it strictly as a mythical allegory, dropping the need for a universe that has any kind of internal consistency or makes any sense at all.  It still falls flat on it's face in this regard.  The message is that we should use our swords as plowshares, leveraging war technology for peaceful purposes, but the way they propose this is via violent revolution?  Pretty ironic that the mutinous crew is turning peaceful tools (the welders) into weapons to accomplish their goal.  So turn your plows into weapons so you can turn your weapons into plows.   Got it.

If anything, when viewed as an allegory, the message is 'the ends justifies the means' and that the only way to achieve peaceful ends is through violence.  Which are fair and debatable points, but not the ones I think the piece intended to make.
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