While science fiction frequently explores fears of aliens seen as threats, there is room for a little more lightheartedness in dealing with aliens as well. This is rare, but not unprecedented, at least on television. in FuturamaZoidberg has become an outsider in Roswell, annoying and intimidating his captors but enjoying meeting new people. Star Trek: Deep Space NineIt’s the Ferengi, who are surprised at how humans in the 20th century are poisoning their bodies and polluting their planet but see a business opportunity on Earth.
in Asteroid City, the extraterrestrial is just Goldblum in a strange suit. He seems as skittish and curious as the people who startled him, but he doesn’t utter a word or utter a sound before quickly leaving, which makes him even more of a mystery. Offstage (remember, this is a play within a game), Goldblum says the alien is a metaphor, but he’s not sure about that.
Anderson does not convey effectively or explicitly, for example, communication How alien encounters can serve as catalysts for the audience to develop a more inclusive view of humanity and a vision of a future in which people don’t give in to fear. His characters have a lot of work to do Asteroid City to get this far. Primarily stargazers, such as Steenbeck’s son and Campbell’s daughter, are more willing than their parents to connect with strangers and envision meaning in life. As he did before in Royal Tenenbaums And Sunrise KingdomAnderson shows how sometimes parents have little understanding of the challenges their children face, which are often different from their own.
Like the fantasy sea creatures conjured in Aquatic Life with Steve ZissouAnderson inserts details that catch the audience’s eye, making the 1950s-era, Roswell-era asteroid city world like our own, just a little different. For example, it includes a jet beam invented by young primitive scientists, a “galactotron,” which is not a real type of telescope, and terms that don’t sound entirely scientific, such as “celestial courtship” of galaxies. Meanwhile, the alien looks very humanoid, but also not at all like humans.
representations of pop culture Aliens and the general interest in space and UFOs seem to go hand in hand. while the X-Files It was in the zeitgeist, that not only were many people obsessed with UFOs, they were convinced that the government was hiding them somewhere. Asteroid City It may not inspire new aliens, but it lands at a time when a UFO “whistleblower” and former intelligence officer has Congress’s ear, the Pentagon has opened a new Office charged with Investigating UFO Reports, an independent committee to evaluate UFOs it created NASA is holding public meetings before its final report, and a private company is releasing an app to track UFO reports.
The film also comes amidst society’s continued interest in listening in on alien signals, called the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, or SETI, and in sending messages of our own out to the universe, called Messages of Extraterrestrial Intelligence, or METI. This work, too, is getting a nod Asteroid City In the form of an astronomer played by Tilda Swinton who monitors beeps and light that could be strange signals from space, and works with the Junior Stargazers and Space Cadets to figure out what kind of message to send to the aliens. Frank Drake and Carl Sagan are not, but their intentions are the same.
Aside from the obvious Roswell references, there’s just something apt about setting an alien vision in an ancient desert town like Asteroid City. Some of the most amazing views of the night sky, undisturbed by light pollution, can be found in the American Southwest, and the timeless quality of the landscape reminds us of humanity’s never-ending search for meaning. It’s not clear if Anderson is really eliciting the outlandish metaphor, but he gives us, like his characters, plenty to ponder.