Separated @ Birth… Scifi Style Part 17

Posted: July 2, 2010 in Scifi
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Okay, it’s been a while since I did a separated @ birth posting but with the 4th of July coming up I thought this would kinda make sense. So, what does the pre-White House and pre-Death Star have in common… well nothing. Nothing except for this fact while watching HBO’s John Adams with Paul Giamatti. During this mini-series, Adams was elected as the 3rd President of the United States. The White House was being constructed and when we see this image, I felt like I was watching the construction of the Death Star in Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith.

You may say that this is a stretch but I strongly encourage you to watch John Adams if you haven’t done so. While this is a non-scifi programming, we do get Paul who is an incredible and one of my favorite actors. If you know Paul’s career like I do, we can see him in Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes which Paul was a treat to watch. He voice the character of Tim the Gate Guard in the funny Robots film with Ewan MacGregor. (You see the connection? Thank me and Six Degrees of Separation.) And finally, he was Inspector Uhl in The Illusionist with Ed Norton (The Incredible Hulk). (Soundtrack fans check out Phillip Glass’s score –  top-notch.)

Going back to the John Adams series and the 4th of July there is a special connection which I had no idea. At the end of Adams life, he died on the 4th of July 50 years after America gained its independence. An even more wow moment is that Thomas Jefferson, a friend of Adams, also died on the same day. With all this great bit of info, you need to go watch John Adams over the 4th of July weekend. Again not scifi but still great entertainment. Below, I’ve included a YouTube clip showing the visual effects from the series. I was floored watching the video and so will you.

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