Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Plan 9 From Outer Space

Despite film critics saying "Plan 9 From Outer Space" is the worse film ever made, I watched it last night on YouTube, and am glad I did, for I found it entertaining and thought-provoking.

The brainchild of Ed Wood, "Plan 9 From Outer Space" tells of a visit to earth by extra-terrestrial aliens in flying saucers. They are concerned that earthlings, unless they change their ways, could soon blow up the sun, and therefore destroy the solar system. The aliens whose home planet is in the solar system, and who therefore have a vested interest in the solar system not being destroyed, want to persuade earthlings to change their ways.

Easier said than done, because most earthlings - or at least those in 1959 when "Plan 9 From Outer Space" came out - didn't believe in extra-terrestrial aliens. So earthlings weren't disposed to listen to any extra-terrestrial aliens they might come across, who told them to mend their ways, else they'll cause the solar system to be destroyed.

The alien high-command decides to get the attention of earthlings by implementing a plan they call "Plan 9", under which dead bodies in graves will be brought back to life. Having technology far in advance of that of earthlings, the aliens can direct rays of energy at grave sites of the newly dead, which activates a gland or somesuch in the dead body, that causes it to break out of its coffin, then burrow out of the grave, and to trudge to a public square and congregate with all the thousands of other alive-again dead bodies that have been activated under "Plan 9".

Earthlings happening upon such a gathering would not help but think something most strange was happening, and call the police. The aliens would then, at the propitious moment, introduce themselves. Earthlings, in their panic, would be disposed to listen seriously to what the aliens have to say about how earthlings threaten the solar system unless they mend their ways.

This is the bare outline of "Plan 9 From Outer Space".

While we earthlings, today, can't bring dead bodies back to life, who's to say we'll never be able to. Our scientific knowledge, after all, is currently doubling every two years. Remember, the aliens in "Plan 9 From Outer Space", bring back to life not the long-dead, but only the just-dead, whose bodies therefore haven't begun to decompose. Hence bringing dead bodies back to life isn't as far-fetched as one thinks.

What is the mechanism by which earthlings could blow up the sun? "Plan 9 From Outer Space" postulates a device called a "solartron" (I think), that when directed at particles of sunlight can cause them to explode. Since sunlight comes out of the sun, and is everywhere in the solar system, particles of sunlight that are exploded could start a chain reaction that would reach the sun and blow it up, in the way the flame from a lighted fuse travels along a wire to blow up a stick of dynamite. Blowing up the sun this way isn't therefore completely off-the-wall.

The aliens fear the huge disparity between the earthling's quite primitive emotions, and his much more developed technological abilities that have produced the likes of the hydrogen bomb that can destroy all of life on earth. Therefore an adult earthling with a hydrogen bomb is like a three year-old earthling with a hand grenade. Can we wonder, then, that the aliens in "Plan 9 From Outer Space" are so fearful about earthlings getting a "solartron"?

These are some of the things "Plan 9 From Outer Space" makes one think about.

Film critics have laughed at its amateurish special-effects. Well, yes, they are somewhat amateurish, but this adds to the film's charm.

So I recommend "Plan 9 From Outer Space". You can watch it by *clicking here*. At the very least it's not half-bad, which is more than one can say for any film with Adam Sandler in it.

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