Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Alien Contact: Outer Space (2017)

I used to think that there was some barrier to having a movie made that would guarantee that most movies would be good.  Even though there isn’t someone giving thumbs up or down to let a movie through, you have to get financing.  You have to find a distributor.  Professionals have to commit time to the project, both in front of and behind the camera.  There are several stages at which someone could conceivably derail a movie and spare an unsuspecting public.

Over the years, I’ve come to realize that many such movies do actually make it to market.  It’s just that most people never hear about them.  Maybe they’re condemned to late-night television.  Many are packaged and sold as those 50-packs of movies.  Others, like this, manage to find their way to streaming services.  I’m not sure if the distributor lowered their fee to make some of their money back or if someone at Netflix actually liked the so-called documentary.

I looked at the description thinking that it might actually be informative.  The blurb talked about new facts being uncovered or something.  Talk about misleading.  It sort of reminds me of Chariots of the Gods in that it mentions some bizarre phenomenon and gives some random details before moving on.

There’s a minute or two on the Ashtar Galactic Command.  Technically, it’s about an incident wherein some garbled audio was transmitted over the airwaves because a transmitter was easy to hack.  It was probably some prank, but the documentary passes it along as if it was some serious threat that was never followed up on.

There is also a section on numbers stations, which are these strange radio stations that broadcast seemingly random numbers.  From what I’ve heard, no one knows what these things are.  Are they coded messages to spies?  That seems to be the prevailing theory.  Alas, we may never really know.

This is the kind of thing that you might watch and maybe look up the stuff on Wikipedia.  The documentary doesn’t go into any real depth on anything.  It’s like a shout out to a few strange phenomena.   These might even make for a few good ideas for a sci-fi series akin to the X-Files.  It’s too bad that the narration is boring and the animation is generic.  I think we finally may have found something the History Channel would pass on.

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