GIRL: "They keep on inventing new things now, don't they? And making life lovelier and lovelier?"
OLD MAN: "Yes.... Lovelier--and
So goes a history lesson where a man tries to explain to
his great granddaughter why people live underground, never see the
sun, never breathe fresh air, and why this is so much better all
around. It's less like Utopia and more like
those Japanese hotels that are basically upholstered lockers. One comes away with the impression that Mr. Wells didn't
really care for nature all that much and preferred
a society where
everything could be neatly controlled like
components in the huge machines the film featured.
is, people have a cussed tendency to refuse the part the social
engineers have assigned for them. They have their own minds and
they hate being press ganged into acting as foot soldiers in the march
to someone else's paradise--
especially when they do not
regard progress as an unalloyed and unquestionable blessing.
so their ruler Cabal, who regards such sentiments as backward-looking
and counter-revolutionary and is quite happy to literally blast people off to the
Moon with little hope of a safe return so
long as it serves to forward progress and man's ultimate conquest of
the entire material universe. Do NOT put this
man in charge of the NASA safety committee.
Come to think of it, I'm not
too sure I'd want to hang around Cabal too much. All that
talk about conquering the Universe and that glint in his eye makes you
expect him to stick his arm out straight and run around the room
shouting "Exterminate!" in his best Dalek voice.