How Far is Too Far?
I recently finished my 2nd pass through NBC’s Heroes on Netflix Watch Instantly. In looking for other movies to watch, I came across the original Superman movie. I remember watching it when I was younger. It’s been almost 30 years since it was released. I remembered it being a fun movie growing up so I was looking forward to watching it again.
I’m forced to wonder, however, what the writers were thinking… And did they ever reach the point where they felt maybe they had gone too far? The progression of events in the climax of the movie:
- Superman catches up to a rocket that’s going to hit New Jersey and sends it into space.
- Within minutes, he’s back on the west coast to see the 2nd rocket explode, setting off the San Andreas fault line, causing California to sink into the sea.
- He flies into the fault line and lifts the ground back into place in a single spot, which remarkably causes all the ground to start moving back into place.
- He causes a rock slide to fill a canyon, thus stopping the immense flow of water from the dam that just broke and sent a tidal wave to destroy the village in its path.
Now, at this point, you’re thinking, “Surely this is it. It can’t get much worse, can it?” Only it does. It concludes:
- Lois Lane dies in an expanding fault line that stops just after swallowing her car.
- Superman arrives to late, yells, then takes off to fly around the earth backwards, causing the spin to reverse and time to move backwards, thus saving Lois.
Seriously? That idea passed through the editing process? Let’s make the earth spin backwards, thus reversing time so Superman can save Lois? Really?
I wonder what people consider absurd when they look back at us in 2038. Maybe my blog will still be here and people can come comment…