January 5, 2010

2010: The Year Jupiter Explodes

Back in the 80's, the sequel to "2001: A Space Odyssey" was released titled "2010: The Year We Make Contact".  I was in college at the time and saw it countless times...it seemed like HBO was running it constantly.  I remember the movie being fairly watchable as it had some of my favorite actors in it, namely Roy Scheider and Helen Mirren.  The best part though is the end where Jupiter blows up and becomes a second sun.  That was awesome!

Now that's it's actually 2010 (which seemed eons in the future back then), the movie has been on my mind.  I doubt it's worth watching again but, fortunately, someone has uploaded the last few minutes onto YouTube for your viewing pleasure.  One interesting detail is that this incredible intergalatic event brings peace between the US and Russia, as the filmmakers imagined the Cold War would still be on.  However, the bigger problem with the movies sun-plus-1 premise is global warming. We're already screwed with one sun heating up the planet.  With two, we'd be toast. :)  Happy 2010!