June 10, 2002

“A condition of being good is that it should always be possible for you to be morally destroyed by something you couldn’t prevent. To be a good human being is to have a kind of openness to the world, an ability to trust uncertain things beyond your own control, things that can lead you to be shattered in very extreme circumstances for which you were not to blame. That says something very important about the ethical life: It is based on trust in the uncertain and on a willingness to be exposed. Trust is based on being more like a plant than like a jewel–something fragile but whose very particular beauty is inseparable from that fragility.”
— Martha Craven Nussbaum (1947-), philosopher

Someday, I’d like to make an epic SF action/adventure space fighting movie, that uses nothing but Big Band music. Imagine a squadron of fighters accelerating to attack formation and engaging the enemy with “Mack the Knife” in the background. And all of the aboard-ship shenanigans would be wonderfully complemented with Big Band grooves.

Come to think of it, why doesn’t somebody make an SF space fighting movie that feels like those wonderful old WW2 movies? I want a film where the pilots feel like they’re part of something big and important. Wing Commander came close, but we’ve got to be able to do better than that.

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