The space science was sound. Everything else? Not so much.
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Why do humans loathe science?
The entire premise of the movie hinges on this concept. Humans have turned inward towards survival, completely eschewing space exploration. But instead of pouring resources into sciences that could help save our planet — agricultural science, research into algae as a food and fuel source, or engineering a way to use Ernest Rutherford’s methods of converting nitrogen (what the Blight breathes) into oxygen (what we breathe) on a mass scale — humanity has thrown up our collective hands and said “Screw it!”
Excuse me, what? You can’t just toss in a throwaway line about “The moon landing was a hoax to bankrupt the Soviet Union” and not explain how shutting down space programs also meant renouncing any field of study that could possibly help humans coexist with the Earth. Talk about throwing the baby out with the bath water.