Botanists Gone Wild: 70s sci-fi film Silent Running

While searching for something else, I came across this daisy from the early 70s. Silent Running -- not to be confused with the hit song by Mike + The Mechanics -- is a 1972 environmentally themed American science fiction film starring Bruce Dern. According to Wikipedia, it was directed by Douglas Trumbull, who had previously worked as a special effects supervisor on science fiction films, including 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Andromeda Strain. Clearly his budget was a little more constrained for this one.

The film is set in "The Next Century" where all flora on Earth has been rendered extinct. Dern plays Freeman Lowell, an astronaut who is given orders to destroy the last of Earth's botany, kept in a greenhouse aboard a spacecraft. While the plot makes very little sense, and the plot holes can probably fit an asteroid belt, the thing to keep in mind is that this pre-dates Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica, yet had constructs like Greenhouses in outer space and droids (called drones in the film) with personalities and semi-sentient characteristics.

Since everything gets recycled, rebooted or flat out re-made, it might not be too long before some aspiring writer, director and/or producers decides to give this a shot. Who knows, maybe Mike + The Mechanics are even available for the soundtrack.

Free Fun Friday is where I like to feature a video that has gone viral or is otherwise interesting. It started as a way to make a quick blog entry so that I wouldn't go too long between post for my readers. Now it's sort of evolved as a way to stretch my writing muscles and flex my creativity neural pathways.
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