Monday, November 28, 2005

Marvin the Martian catches a cold

We watched War of the Worlds yesterday, which, overall, was actually a lot better than I'd expected. However, despite the appeal of the notion that an unspecified "wee animalcule" was more powerful than all the king's horses and all the king's men, and the whole "suspension of disbelief" thing, there's something that stuck in my craw about it. Specifically: how could "intellects far superior to ours" [or something to that effect], with the technology to build some seriously kick-ass fighting machines thousands of years before humans developed anything similar, have missed something as glaringly obvious as the fact that they might be allergic to Earth's bacteria and viruses ? Even NASA, an agency that hasn't exactly inspired confidence lately, thinks about stuff like that, and they don't even have the cool "ride the lightning" transport that the Martians had.

Then again, maybe there was pressure among the Martians to
rush to war and not quite enough thought about what to do once they got to Earth and now there's a Martian president uttering sentences along the lines of "We're not interested in playing the blame game, or pointing appendages ... Marvin did a heck of a job ...". In other words, maybe people are people everywhere, so to speak.


Anonymous Jeff said...

I always get these space creatures confused with that E.T.

Do you think they know each other?

Jeff (A confused lad)

2:58 PM  

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