It always ruins a movie/tv show when....

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  1. Grant B

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    Watching a twilight zone and good ole Rod mentions the episode is set in the future....the year 2000! If he didn't mention the year, you can get by the dumb 'futuristic sets'. But by dating it as our time you can see how badly they missed the mark
     
  2. Jeff

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    The year for Bladerunner always bothered me. I think it's 2019. I don't think it's going to be like that in 17 years. They should have made it 2119.



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  3. MichaelAW

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    Yeah, 2001: A Space Odyssey was really ruined because a monolith wasn't found on the moon last year. [​IMG]
     
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    And I can't ever watch "Space Seed" or Star Trek II again because I know Khan Noonian Singh didn't rule a quarter of the planet from 1992-1996.
     
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    I don't know why it "ruins" it...I find it more laughable in how wrong the person's vision was. Usually, it ends up being 20 years dated compared to reality.

    Burce
     
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    It doesn't ruin films or shows for me, but it sure seems funny sometimes. Hell, even Demolition Man and Timecop are slightly funnier these days.
     
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    so when do you think we'll having flying cars? [​IMG] i'd say 100-200 years, max. hoverboards will take longer...maybe 250-400 years. i'm probably overestimating, but who knows...
     
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    Escape From New York in 1997 Manhattan is turned into a Maximum Security Prison, hmmm well the whole premise was far-fetched to begin with.
    Soylent Green 2022, population explosion, real food is a luxury item, and people eat something called Soylent Green which is... nah I'm not going to tell you.:p)
    The Time Machine in 802,701 the cannibalistic Morlocks are in charge, the Eloi laze around waiting to be eaten, nice, hey it could happen wait and see.
     
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    1984
    .. or did it happen?
    Cees
     
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  13. Grant B

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    1984??? Smile for candid Camera!
    And of course no FBI has no interest in the internet at all. Funny how they can track down a virus to a small village in the Far East....hmmmmmmmmmmm

    And BTW, 2001 is one of my favorite movies....still even when it is past history.
    Some movies throw out one reference to a date; it just seems that directors/writers would be smarter to make it timeless and leave out the date.

    I remember a Looney Tune where Elmer Fudd falls alseep (ala Rip Van Winkle) and wakes up in 1980, I believe.
     
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    FYI, there was a monolith found on the moon last year, but it's being covered up by NASA.
    [​IMG]
     
  15. Graeme Clark

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    At least some of those were probable at the time they were made.

    The year for the new Planet of the Apes was 2029. We'll be lucky to have another space station orbiting earth in 2029, let along Jupiter (or Saturn, or which ever Planet it was).
     
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    Regarding 1984...

    This is Orwell's interpretation of what happened in 1948 he only switched the last two digit.
     
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    I certainly would have preferred that Ridley Scott not assign a date to the events in Blade Runner. None of the artificial life or space-related technology could have conceivably come about by 2019—and that should have been clearly apparent to Scott back in 1982.

    All the talk of "moving to the offworld colonies" and Batty's final speech before dying suggests interstellar travel being a reality. Got news for you: It will be, at minimum, several hundred years before interstellar flight is achieved. More like thousands of years from now.

    And yet, despite the artificial life and interstellar travel and flying cars, Scott first depicts Deckard reading a newspaper in front of a store window wherein we see curved, CRT-screen televisions for sale—televisions that look dated by the standards of ten or even more years ago. (Mr. Kubrick's little film, on the other hand, still possesses, among many other virtues, a futuristic look—he envisioned flat, widescreen monitors for one thing. Had the space program not been castrated so soon thereafter, much of what appeared in 2001 could have indeed arrived by the year 2001.)

    • Hollywood nearly always guesses over-optimistically about where we'll be in the future and by when. The newest Planet of the Apes, as noted, posits some sort of Saturn-orbiting manned space station by 2029? We'll be lucky to have seen a manned expedition to Mars by then. The problem in Hollywood is that hardly any filmmakers have taken the time to cozy themselves with science and technology and plausibility.

    Remember the Space: Above and Beyond series? Intersteller travel by, what, the 2030s? Get real! Or, better yet, read some basic science.
     
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    Well, I guess I will have to throw all my Space 1999 DVD's away [​IMG] .
     
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    Conan O'Brien had a great spoof of these kinds of things with his old "In The Year 2000" sketches. I guess he stopped doing those a couple years ago. [​IMG]
     
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    Isn't this why X-Men was set "In the near future"?
     

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