2001: A Space Odyssey is loved by all critics. Yet what’s striking about this fact is the fact that it is a story which lacks any character development, perhaps a tad hypocritical considering the fact that all critics do is moan all day about how bad the character development in Sex and the City was (yes, I’m being hypocritical). In fact the character development in 2001 is lacking so much that if I read the script I’d probably die of boredom when it came to reading the sections of dialogue.
Anyway, in no particular order:
1) Elena: Oh, we’re going home. We have just spent three months calibrating the new antennae at Tchalinko… And what about you?
Dr. Floyd: I’m just on my way up to Clavius.
2) Aries-1B stewardess: Here you are, sir, main level please.
3) Female computerized voice: Welcome to Voiceprint Identification. When you see the red light go on, would you please state in the following order: your destination, your nationality, and your full name; surname first, Christian name and initial.
4) HAL: I’ve just picked up a fault in the AE35 unit. It’s going to go 100% failure in 72 hours.
5) Interviewer: [recorded broadcast on the BBC news] The crew of Discovery One consists of five men and one of the latest generation of the HAL-9000 computers. Three of the five men were put aboard asleep, or to be more precise a state of hibernation. They were Dr. Charles Hunter, Dr. Jack Kimball and Dr. Victor Kaminsky. We spoke with mission commander Dr. David Bowman and his deputy, Dr. Frank Poole. Well, good afternoon gentlemen, how is everything going?
Well, wasn’t that riveting? Huh?…no! Well, check this out: