Monday, April 6, 2015 7:01:53 PM
Interstellar ( minus two stars )
In The film interstellar ( 2014 ), one of The astronauts employs, for The 47th time in cinematic usage; A Sheet of paper, which he folds over to explain ‘Hyper Drive’ or in this case; How a Wormhole works. They do, to their credit, depict The Wormhole, Not as a flat disk as it is portrayed in all previous expositions of a wormhole, But as a 3D Sphere. Unfortunately; This immediately reminded me of The horrifically bad science fiction fiasco with Dustin Hoffman called ‘Sphere’.
Also; it seems to me that when they passed into The Wormhole/Sphere, there should -Not- have been any turbulence or any indication that they passed through anything. The Space ‘Boundary’ should have been a ( i hate to use this expression ) Quantum ‘Illusion’, like The Boundary of An Atom, Electron or Any SubAtomic Particle which appears to be a solid autonomous entity, but actually ( ? ) Fills The Entire Universe.
This last claim may seem perfectly ludicrous, but consider for a moment that The Magnetic Field of each Atom clearly & unmistakably extends for several inches, that you can see; & The Gravity of each atom in The Sun is able to reach out & hold on to The Earth & Keep The MilkyWay Galaxy from Flying Apart.
Those Fields define The ‘Edges’ of these Particles.
But i digress.
What i was thinking on The Bus Today; Was wouldn’t it be fun if one of these Astronauts explained ‘HyperDrive’ a little Differently for The ‘Next’ Film.
When asked how their Star-Drive worked; The Post-Humanitarian Astronaut would shuffle through a drawer or cabinet & find a clear sheet of ‘Paper’, like acetate, & fold it with The Common Appearance of Origami to Form a Tesseract, which would be impossible of course, especially if its folded ‘correctly’. Tesseracts are usually depicted as a cube surrounded by 6 additional distorted cubes extending from each face, but in hyperspace, each of these extended cubes are a perfect cube of 4 Dimensions each. Whether such a thing actually exists in any ‘real’ way, they are quite easy to make inside a computer, where you can see how they ‘move’ when you ‘rotate’ them.
Which is how The Astronaut Nerd would explain this to The Little Girl that is asking him. After using a Sharpie to make a point on each side of The Form, he would then explain that in order for The Two Points to Then ‘Meet’ at a Common Location, It is only Necessary to ‘Rotate’ The Tesseract until The Two Points come together.
With a Star-Ship; The Universe is Not Turned, But The Space-Ship forms a Five Dimensional ‘Photon’ Distortion Inversion Icosahedron which it then rotates within until it finds on its surface, The intended location. ( or some such ) — The cute part is the Folding & Manipulating The Paper Tesseract.
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The other thing that i ‘hated’ about this film, was its depiction of the Four-Dimension ‘TimeScape’ which was nothing more than a house of mirrors. This is The Problem with Depicting 4D Realms, You must have The courage to superimpose some conceptual ‘push’ into 4D Space, Otherwise, what is The point.
The Resulting Stylization is Cowardly ( which is used here, much more appropriately, than how it is repeated ad infinitum on The Television ! ) & Inept ( Tepid or Feeble ).