I was watching a great science fiction film this afternoon. "This Island Earth", which I think I saw when I was very young. I kept getting deja vu as I watched it.
It happened to be starting as I was flicking through the channels, and I thought I'd watch it and see if it was any good. It was great.
There was a square-jawed hero nuclear scientist, a glamorous yet brainy female nuclear scientist who, despite being one of the finest minds in the world, shrieked and fell over whenever anything mildy stressful happened, and a bunch* of aliens in improbable makeup.
I think what really made me decide to see it through to the end was this:
Picture the scene.....a small plane has been involved in a bizarre near-crash incident, the pilot (square jawed nuclear hero bloke) losing control and being engulfed in a weird green glow.
So far so good.
The next scene, hero and scientific sidekick mate are discussing this odd event, the phone rings and the hero speaks to someone who has been running tests on the plane.
Hero: "What? Nothing wrong with the plane?" (Pause) "Well, did you check the controls?"
I love the idea that the team of aeronautical engineers in the hangar might go "Fuck! If only WE'D thought of that! The Controls! Well, no wonder he's a genius world famous scientist."
FOr all I know, they could have, I suppose.
*A very small bunch. I think they had a limited costume budget.