Ascension

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  1. Dec 17, 2014 #41 of 161
    dianebrat

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    Harris has been portrayed as having an obsession on Andrea Roth's doctor, to me it looks like when they were all out cold with the radiation alert someone either came in from outside, or grabbed it and sent it outside, and now he's got his kink up a notch by having his wife wear it.
     
  2. Dec 17, 2014 #42 of 161
    RGM1138

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    Yeah, I must have blinked and missed something, cuz the next thing I knew, it's in a box in the warehouse. Then on his wife.

    The boy's definitely got some issues, but could there be something deeper going on? Some other significance to the necklace?

    Or just a fetish?
     
  3. Dec 17, 2014 #43 of 161
    dianebrat

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    Remember that the guy in the hazmat suit took it from her cabin in the radiation event.

    And he went on at length about how he was studying her when he was talking about he mission to the new hire/investigator, it was pretty obvious he had a thing for the Dr at that point which made having his wife wear the necklace was just uber creepy.
     
  4. Dec 17, 2014 #44 of 161
    RGM1138

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    Yeah, it just seems superfluous to bring that out too, unless they really want to make a point out of what a whack job Harris is.

    Also, it's funny to me that the captain, (who I'm still seeing as the goofy ex from Cougar Town), is watching John Wayne movies and talking about character, when he seems to be poking anything that moves.

    Of course, that could be The New Morality, imposed upon a finite universe of only 600 people. ;)
     
  5. Dec 17, 2014 #45 of 161
    Rob Helmerichs

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    "You haven't kissed me like that in ages!"
     
  6. Dec 17, 2014 #46 of 161
    dswallow

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    They must have some fun priorities... as they chose to bring little paper drink umbrellas and the equipment to manufacture them on a 100-year spaceflight. There's so many silly things it's really little more than another SyFy movie, just in 3-ish parts, though not good enough for a weekend showing.
     
  7. Dec 17, 2014 #47 of 161
    desulliv

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    They clearly don't have time to move their music beyond the '40's, '50's or '60's...
     
  8. Dec 17, 2014 #48 of 161
    Rob Helmerichs

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    Oh, come on, it's MUCH better than a Syfy Original Movie!

    It's downright borderline watchable!
     
  9. Dec 17, 2014 #49 of 161
    NorthAlabama

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    very well described, sir. :)
     
  10. Dec 17, 2014 #50 of 161
    RGM1138

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    Or their attire. Still stuck in 60s clothes and hair styles.
     
  11. Dec 17, 2014 #51 of 161
    wmcbrine

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    The ship is supposed to be based on (the original) Project Orion (kind of annoying that NASA has re-used that name now). They've mentioned it in the show, and it's not fictitious:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Orion_(nuclear_propulsion)

    Never built, but on the drawing board, yes.

    After night 2, my impression is that this tech was actually developed on the ship. (They probably had the movies with them on film already.)

    Open space is psychologically essential. They feel pretty confined as it is. Your expectations seem too constrained by current spaceship/station designs. But this is a 100-year mission. The crew needs a place they can live in, for generations.

    Proposed designs for space colonies include massive amounts of open space:

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    and these are the kind of terms in which we should be thinking, for a 100-year mission.

    Not to gross you out, but the swimming pool is also described in the show as a "water reclamation" facility. We can assume it has something to do with the recycling of waste water back into drinking water.

    And again, I'd cite this as the sort of thing that's not really a luxury at all on a 100-year mission.
     
  12. Dec 17, 2014 #52 of 161
    dswallow

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    So I guess the whole point of keeping them in a ship on Earth for 51 years was so they'd genetically create a "StarChild" who, when witnessing a fight and getting uncontrollably angry, dissolves people and sends the good ones to some alien planet.

    Oh, and if you spray the active ingredient of CO2 scrubbers through ventilation shafts, you'll make it rain.

    Yep. SyFy Movie.
     
  13. Dec 18, 2014 #53 of 161
    Beryl

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    Yep. That progression mirrors my father's (also black and college educated scientist back in the 40s). He stopped at Army Colonel and then ascended in civilian positions.

    African American white collar professionals in the 60s were not rare. There were many high ranking blacks in the military, medicine and science. It is a pity that so many are unaware of this fact.

    Tuskeegee Airmen
    The National Medical Association (NMA)
    Blacks in Science

    The premise of this show is that the inhabitants of the ship were selected from the educational elite so you should expect blacks -- to be of that ilk. His parents could have been rocket scientists.

    The problem I have with the show is the role of women on the ship. Except for the doctor and Gault's mother (I forgot what she did), too many women are aspiring to be sex objects -- stewardesses.

    Edit: Did anyone else get a "Serenity/Firefly" vibe?
     
  14. Dec 18, 2014 #54 of 161
    RGM1138

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    Umm, what? I spent 5 1/2 hours on this? And it's open ended?

    Blonde lady could have just gone to the press.

    When they showed the ship from the outside with people, the scale was way off. It wasn't big enough to contain what was inside the ship.

    What came up out of the water at the end?

    Where the hell did Gault go? Apparently there was an oxygen/nitrogen atmosphere.

    How did living on the ship make Christa telekinetic?

    I don't see how they don't try to make this into a series.

    BTW, that piece of equipment they used to get "Full power to the ventilation system" was a Grass Valley 300 video production switcher. Like the one used in Star Wars.
    :rolleyes:
     
  15. Dec 18, 2014 #55 of 161
    desulliv

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    Edit: No, not at all.
     
  16. Dec 18, 2014 #56 of 161
    wmcbrine

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    I'm pretty sure this was originally conceived of as a series, and filmed that way, until they got notified that they weren't being picked up, so they tried to cram some stuff in at the end, maybe. (I'm sure about it being intended as a series, less so that they attempted some resolution, but I suspect it would've taken longer for some of those events to play out in the original plan.)

    That was her plan ("the world will know"), but she had to get safe first.

    I'm guessing he went to that place that Christa saw as good ("there's life there"), in that scene where she was staring at the stars. So, not in the Proxima system, but we don't know exactly where.

    I think that had more to do with the breeding program, but maybe the environment was also supposed to be a factor, I dunno. They probably would've explained it in the series.
     
  17. Dec 18, 2014 #57 of 161
    desulliv

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    They talked about that punctuated evolution thing.
     
  18. Dec 18, 2014 #58 of 161
    DouglasPHill

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    So far am about 30-45 minutes into ep 1. As long as "6" keeps taking off her clothes, I'm watching.
     
  19. Dec 18, 2014 #59 of 161
    Linnemir

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    Ummm ... NO way! Firefly/Serenity was GOOD! This was just frustrating. I found it slow, heavy, and then went nuts it just stopped rather than reaching a conclusion!
     
  20. Dec 18, 2014 #60 of 161
    philw1776

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    One Gee of acceleration is NOT 0.004 m/sec^2, it is 10 m/sec^2

    Your calculations are Newtonian and disregard Relativistic physics.
    Changing the orientation of the ship is irrelevant as you're assuming an absolute reference frame which Relativity shows does not exist.
    Also, as the ship approaches "relativistic" velocities, its mass increases exponentially requiring more and more thrust/energy. Approaching light speed its inertia mass approaches then exceeds the Earth's, then Jupiter's, the sun's, the galaxy's, the universe's...
    I agree that the entire premise of the show is so ridiculous that even with a hot Cylon babe it's unwatchable.
     

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