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HBO 19 -- Backdraft -- Lost In Space

Nineteenth session: Backdraft (conclusion)
Now we're investigating fires, DeNiro is showing young Baldwin about how fire is an animal, spraying a line of fuel on a crime scene to demonstrate, while Donald Sutherland helps young Baldwin with WHO. And is enchanted when he realizes the kid SAW the fire look at him before it killed his father. A great scene of making love on top of the hoses in the back of a fire truck -- which gets a call.

They apparently let anyone jump onto a moving fire truck and help out on a fire. (grin)

Weakest part is the Big huge chemical fire set piece at the end. The shooting Roman candles of 55 gallon drums. Has Mythbusters ever tried this? If you go, we go.

Still, they did a great job of making fire alive and breathe. It's beautiful. And it has 8-track tapes. (snicker)

Lost In Space
I'm skipping Jurassic Park from the movie list, because we're getting a new movie and we'll do a pre-lab next year. And I can revel in the Extended Editions of The Lord of the Rings any time I want.

As a kid, I watched Lost In Space first run. My favorite episode was the one where Will briefly got home long enough to get medicine -- and then the transporter broke. But William Hurt? What are you doing in this film?

Yesterday I found out that the transparent walls of the hyperbaric chambers are 1½" thick. And the huge latches on the hatch? Solid brass. Why brass? Brass tools don't make sparks.

My point is that there is more technology shown in the HBO unit than the entire first half of this movie. And it has a starship. You have a huge domed control room and the command chair can raise up some twenty feet on a piston so you can get to some important controls? Idiots!

And if the point of the whole expedition is to find humanity a new home because our overconsumption has trashed this planet, then why in the Sam Hell do the Robinsons live with so much opulence? Idiots! And for someone going on such a long mission and the night before they're still packing? Idiots!

And if I was going into space, I surely wouldn't want to go into hypersleep before the damned launch. And how come no one checked the robot? And why didn't the NRA confiscate those voice activated safety pistols?

So far, having not seen this film since its 1998 debut, the ONE redeeming thing I've found is Penny Robinson. Like her genius brother and older sister, she turns out to be not useless. Lacey Chabert was cute and a short 17 then. At 31 she's grown up -- and her résumé includes a lot of genre and animated work. So despite some of her other roles -- Party of Five -- at least she has a geeky tradition. This Penny is smart and ironic and gothette. Probably one of the more interesting daughters since Wednesday Addams.

Oh, and Wikipedia mentions that in addition to some original cast cameos, "Dick Tufeld returned to his role as the voice of the Robot, having played the voice of the Robot in the original program, as well as narrating the series." I mean, the robot was the star of the cheesy 60s TV series.

And grudgingly I'll give chameleon Gary Oldman as Dr. Smith some credit.

But these people are all Idiots!

Finish this after we board the unknown human ship where there shouldn't be one with an alien ship docked to it and start The Matrix next.

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Managed the Lane Avenue flip and Ottawa Avenue loop without Suburban interference. Learned that I get a day off on the Fourth of July -- we'll probably go to a movie. It's the Fourth and surely something big must be opening.

On the drive home, stopped for $40 of gas -- half a tank -- at the newly boosted prices mentioned yesterday. Saturday we should earn a 75¢/gallon discount coupon, which by the beginning of July should bring us to about where gas used to be. (evil-grin)


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