We watched this sci-fi film, last night, and I was left with the distinct impression that it was an allegory of humanity in a microcosm. Call it Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica and 2001: a Space Odyssey all wrapped up in one story. But it was disturbing, nevertheless.
Emotions and impulses left unchecked by any outside agency or self-discipline can have a deadly effect. Noticeably, the young people, when left to their own devices, don’t want to do anything. Even though they understood that their mission was to boldly go where no one has gone before, they ‘knew’ that they were only going to die, anyway, so “What’s the point?” (Sounds like humanity these days, doesn’t it?)
The term ‘alien’ was bandied about very loosely, and Zac, the renegade leader of the majority of the voyagers, played on their fears to gain control of the spaceship and eliminate opposition. A very loaded scene has a confrontation between Christopher’s gang of three and Zac’s armed majority. The sacrificial lamb is the darkest skinned individual (Phoebe) who wouldn’t ‘shut up’. That seemed a bit too close to the bone.
Honestly, I wonder how we ever got this far.