10/07/2013

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Star Wars Death Star explodes

There are a lot of unrealistic things in movies, but none is more ridiculous than noise in space.

Everyone knows there's no sound in space. Sound is the compression of air and there's no air in a space. Any fifth grader can tell you that. But that doesn't stop Hollywood from making space awful noisy.

Frankly, its boring to show space battles without explosions and loud noises. So, movies and television shows take creative license with realism to entertain.

Here are the most ridiculous of all ridiculous noisy moments in space according to science fiction.



#9 - Jango Fett's Sonic Bombs in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones



When Jango Fett chases Obi-Wan Kenobi into an asteroid field he shoots bombs into the field to drawn him out. The bombs explode and shatter the asteroids with a loud bang.

Why it's Ridiculous: This is a double sin. Not only would the seismic charge not work in space, but they wouldn't have made those loud bangs. The Star Trek wiki describes a Seismic Charge this way: "The idea during the production of Episode II was that the charge would suck in and absorb all the sound around it (such as the sounds of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jango Fett's ships during their fight in the Geonosis asteroid belt), and then release them in a sonic explosion, resulting in the shockwave effect heard in the explosion sound."

Let's review: The charge absorbs sound (which doesn't exist in space) from the ships (which don't make sound) and releases it in a sonic explosion which couldn't happen. .



#8 - The Nuclear Man vs. Superman Fight in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace



In Superman IV, the evil clone of Superman, Nuclear Man, kidnaps Muriel Hemmingway and takes her into space. I've already talked about the eight ways Mariel Hemmingway should have died in Superman IV. But there's an even more ridiculous scene in the film. At one point Superman and Nuclear Man have a huge battle on Earth's moon. It's an incredibly loud fight with the two grunting, screaming and bashing holes in the crust of the moon.

Why it's Ridiculous
: Besides the fact that you have two men ignoring the rules of gravity, you have two men loudly yelling. In one scene, the Nuclear Man after driving Superman into the ground with his fists he lets out a loud roar of triumph, which should have been completely silent and ineffective.


#7 - Genesis Bomb Exploding in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan



In his final moments, Khan (Ricardo Montalban) detonates the Genesis Device, a highly destructive terraforming device in an attempt to destroy Kirk (William Shatner) and the USS Enterprise. As the ship escapes the device creates a massive explosion that destroys the ship and terraforms the nebula into a new planet.

Why it's Ridiculous: The sound of the explosion is massive and, despite all logic, is followed by sounds of the Enterprise leaving the area. It even has the Doppler Effect as the ship passes by the camera.



#6 - Ra's Ship Explodes in Stargate



In Stargate the alien overlord Ra (Jaye Davidson) is escaping into space with his pyramid ship. Colonel O'Neil (Kurt Russell) and Dr. Jackson (James Spader) teleport a bomb to Ra's ship and it explodes in a massive, and ridiculously loud, explosion.

Why it's Ridiculous: Ra's ship is a giant pyramid floating in space. It gets blown up in a large explosion just above the planet. He even manages to get a scream loud enough to be heard in space.


#5 - Explosion of the Asteroid in Armageddon (1998)



In the otherwise scientifically accurate Armageddon was one glaring omission. When Harry (Bruce Willis) sets off a nuclear explosion deep inside an asteroid it causes a massive, and loud explosion as the giant rock explodes.

Why it's Ridiculous: The explosion not only splits the asteroid in half it also creates a massive series of shockwaves that not only make the explosion more intense, it's actually even louder than the already ridculous explosion.


#4 - The Birth of the Nuclear Man in Superman IV



In Superman IV, Superman collects up all the numclear weapons from the world's governments in a net and throws them into the sun. A thermonuclear weapon, weighing about 2,400 pounds (1,100 kg), can make an explosive force equal to 1.2 million tons (1.1 million tonnes) of dynamite. There are an estimated 26,000 nuclear warheads in the world. We're talking about a massive explosion when they all go off.

Then, one missile creates the Nuclear Man.

Why it's Ridiculous: Not only is the explosion loud, but there are a ton of implausible sounds following the Nuclear Man's creation. It sounds like a Jiffy Pop than anything else.



#3 - Destruction of Phantom Zone in Superman II (1980)



Three Kryptonians are sentenced by Jor-El to banishment into the Phantom Zone and travel through the galaxy for thirty years till they float near Earth. meanwhile, Superman (Christopher Reeve) foils a terrorist plot to blow up Paris by throwing the hydrogen bomb into space. The explosion is so loud and powerful that the shockwave shatters the Phantom Zone and frees the Kryptonians.

Why it's Ridiculous: The theatrical cut of the film was pretty ridiculous, but the Richard Donner director's cut just makes it worse. Instead of a single explosion, Donner added even more explosions and the sound of glass breaking as they're freed from the dimension.



#2 - Death Star Explosion in Star Wars (1977)



Created by George Lucas for the movie star wars, the Death Star is a moon-sized space station  appearing in the Star Wars movies and expanded universe created by George Lucas. It has the power to destroy an entire planet with its massive superlaser.

Commanded by Moff Tarkin the destroyed Alderran until a single X-wing fighter, flies through a trench in the Death Star. He shoots proton torpedos into the exhaust that causes the massive station to explode.

Why it's Ridiculous: The original theatrical explosion was pretty big. Then Lucas created a remastered version which is even bigger, and louder. It doesn't matter though, since both explosions would have been completely silent.


#1 - Disaster Area Rock Band from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy



In the fifth episode of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy television series, and the second book in the series, Douglas Adams introduced Hotblack Deseado and his band "Disaster Area."

The rock band Disaster Area is not only the loudest rock band in the Galaxy, but also the loudest noise of any kind in the history of science fiction. Concert goers said the best sound was from "within large concrete bunkers some thirty-seven miles away from the stage," while the musicians "played by remote control from within a heavily insulated spaceship which stayed in orbit around the planet - or more frequently around a completely different planet."

Why it's Ridiculous: Considering there's no sound in space it would have to be ridiculously loud to reach not only from space to the planet, but to another planet.

What do you think the loudest moment is space is? Does it matter that it's impossible?


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10 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

We still like our explosions though. Khan's ship and the Death Star would've been wimpy explosions without them.
However, the lack of sound was really effective in Gravity.

Pat Dilloway said...

This weekend I was writing a fight between two superheroes on Mercury and made sure that neither one said anything or made any noises. I am > Richard Donner, George Lucas, and Michael Bay!

Yolanda Renee said...

It would be odd not to have the sound - but creative license is what it's all about with fiction that is the movies..

DAVID WALSTON said...

I LOVE #1! The Ridiculousness of it is what makes Douglas Adams writing so great!
#9 is one of my favorite space noises. The way it "absorbs" sound before it goes off is great audio work.

jeremy [retro] said...

i love the sounds of blowing up stuff... these were great, it's funny to see superman 4 on the list... it was so awful.

msmariah.com said...

It's true that there's nothing to carry sound in space, but I like space explosion sounds. It just feels wrong silent. I think you're missing one on the list -- 'Aliens' - when they blew up the planet as they flew away. That was a loud space explosion. I guess the original 'Alien' had one too.

Nicole/TheMadlabPost said...

I thought there was an explosion in "Thor" but am not quite sure, as I've only seen it once when it came out in theaters. I remember the "Armageddon" explosion though and found it to be entertaining, even if it's ridiculously impossible. To tell you the truth, I paid much more attention to (and was interested in) Bruce Willis than the explosion, that there could've been dancing pieces of rock, for all I care, lol.

MPax said...

I know sound in space is bad science, but I don't mind it if it looks cool and adds to the drama. Although the Moon fight was beyond ridiculous.

Jay Noel said...

It's goofy, but fun. Just like shooting guns akimbo (duel wielding). It's just for that awesome visual effect, even though it defies the laws of science.

And Superman IV was just a big, fat, stinky turd. Just terrible.

Clarissa Draper said...

What's funny is that I didn't know that about space. Cant wait to see Gravity now.

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