No. 118 (essentialsaltes) wrote,
No. 118

Too many connections

For a blast of pleasant nostalgia, I Netflixed Connections.

It's a little eerie that the first thing James Burke does is hop in an elevator and go to the top of the World Trade Center. He goes on to try to scare the crap out of us about how the sudden withdrawal of technology can kill us all. He focuses on the Northeast Blackout of 1965 that 25 million people in the dark for hours. One particular item that is dramatized is Scandinavian Airlines flight 911 as it comes in on its landing approach just as radar, communication and all the lights go out. Not just at the airport, but the lights all over Manhattan, toward which island the plane, having passed the airport, was presently hurtling. The end of the sequence is right at the start of Youtube's part 3 of the episode.
Anyway, by the end of the episode, we're watching Arabs practicing falconry before getting into their BMWs and Cadillacs, outfitted with 1970s style carphones, while Burke monologues from the Kuwait Towers.

Better than that retard Nostradamus if you ask me.
Tags: film, history, skepticism

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