2010: The Year We Make Contact

2010: The Year We Make Contact

2010: The Year We Make Contact is a 1984 science-fiction film in which a joint U.S.-Soviet expedition is sent to Jupiter to learn what happened to Discovery One. It is the sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Year:
1984
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Victor Milson:
You've double-checked this? Please say you haven't. [Floyd is silent] You aren't saying anything, Floyd.

Dr. Floyd:
Something incredible's happening up there. Discovery is being pulled towards Io, or pushed away from Jupiter, whichever. Sometimes it seems to be accelerating, and other times, it just seems to stop. I've never seen anything like it.

Victor Milson:
How long before it impacts on Io?

Dr. Floyd:
Two, two and a half years.

Victor Milson:
How could we be so goddamn wrong about the orbit?

Dr. Floyd:
Because we weren't wrong.

Victor Milson:
Well, if we weren't wrong, well then, terrific! Why the hell is it gonna crash?

Dr. Floyd:
I don't know. It's bizarre. Unless it's got something to do with that Monolith up there.

Victor Milson:
You see that building behind us? [points to the White House] I'm supposed to go in there and have lunch in half an hour. Course, there's one good thing about a reactionary President, he's not into health foods. Last one, we didn't lunch, we grazed. Wanna know what lunch is about? I'll tell you. We've got two more aircraft carriers off the coast of Honduras. The Russians are moving some of their big stuff. Now you've got the Joint Chiefs screaming about Russian satellites with anti-missile lasers on 'em, so we gotta send up our laser satellites to counteract theirs. So the President has come to the conclusion that the NCA should be placed under the jurisdiction of the Defense Department. Enough with the crazy scientists spending all this money trying to talk to Martians. So, here we are on your actual brink, my agency's going to become a part of the military, I've got a President with his finger poised on the button, and you want me to walk across the park and tell him we want to hitch a ride with those very same Russians. Have I missed anything?

Dr. Floyd:
That's about it.

Dr. Floyd:
[sighs, takes off glasses] All right, what's going on here?

Tanya Kirbuk:
What do you mean?

Dr. Floyd:
Well, I may not be the swiftest guy in the world, even when I'm not hung over, but I do seem to remember a process where you people ask me questions and I give you answers and then I ask questions and you give me answers and that's the way we find out things. I think I read that in a manual somewhere.

Tanya Kirbuk:
Your government wanted us to awaken you when we reported our findings. We did that. You are here to help us reactivate the Discovery and its computer systems because that is United States territory. You are authorized to observe other aspects of our mission. We have no other obligation.

Dr. Vladimir Rudenko:
A lot has happened while you have been asleep.

Dr. Vasili Orlov:
It is not our choice.

Tanya Kirbuk:
The problem in Central America is growing worse.

Dr. Floyd:
This looks as if you've detected the presence of chlorophyll.

Tanya Kirbuk:
The United States is threatening a naval blockade.

Dr. Floyd:
There's nothing but ice down there, so how the hell can there be any chlorophyll?

Tanya Kirbuk:
You know and I know that my country cannot allow a blockade.

Dr. Floyd:
How fast is it moving?

Tanya Kirbuk:
We are under instructions -

Dr. Floyd:
Listen, just because our governments are behaving like asses doesn't mean we have to. We're supposed to be scientists, not politicians. How fast?

Tanya Kirbuk:
Doctor Floyd, I am also an officer of the Soviet Air Force!

Dr. Floyd:
How fast?!

Dr. Vasili Orlov:
One meter per minute.

Dr. Floyd:
Don't worry, I'm just observing. Toward the sun?

Dr. Vasili Orlov:
Yes.

Dr. Floyd:
That's...that's incredible.

Tanya Kirbuk:
We are going to send a probe down.

Dr. Floyd:
Good!

Dr. Vasili Orlov:
What was that all about?

Dr. Chandra:
I've erased all of HAL's memory from the moment the trouble started.

Dr. Vasili Orlov:
The 9000 series uses holographic memories, so chronological erasures would not work.

Dr. Chandra:
I made a tapeworm.

Dr. Walter Curnow:
You made a what?

Dr. Chandra:
It's a program that's fed into a system that will hunt down and destroy any desired memories.

Dr. Floyd:
Wait... do you know why HAL did what he did?

Dr. Chandra:
Yes. It wasn't his fault.

Dr. Floyd:
Whose fault was it?

Dr. Chandra:
Yours.

Dr. Floyd:
Mine?

Dr. Chandra:
Yours. In going through HAL's memory banks, I discovered his original orders. You wrote those orders. Discovery‍'‍s mission to Jupiter was already in the advanced planning stages when the first small Monolith was found on the Moon, and sent its signal towards Jupiter. By direct presidential order, the existence of that Monolith was kept secret.

Dr. Floyd:
So?

Dr. Chandra:
So, as the function of the command crew - Bowman and Poole - was to get Discovery to its destination, it was decided that they should not be informed. The investigative team was trained separately, and placed in hibernation before the voyage began. Since HAL was capable of operating Discovery without human assistance, it was decided that he should be programmed to complete the mission autonomously in the event the crew was incapacitated or killed. He was given full knowledge of the true objective... and instructed not to reveal anything to Bowman or Poole. He was instructed to lie.

Dr. Floyd:
What are you talking about? I didn't authorize anyone to tell HAL about the Monolith!

Dr. Chandra:
Directive is NSC 342/23, top secret, January 30, 2001.

Dr. Floyd:
NSC... National Security Council, the White House.

Dr. Chandra:
I don't care who it is. The situation was in conflict with the basic purpose of HAL's design: The accurate processing of information without distortion or concealment. He became trapped. The technical term is an H. Moebius loop, which can happen in advanced computers with autonomous goal-seeking programs.

Dr. Walter Curnow:
The goddamn White House.

Dr. Floyd:
I don't believe it.

Dr. Chandra:
HAL was told to lie... by people who find it easy to lie. HAL doesn't know how, so he couldn't function. He became paranoid.

Dr. Floyd:
Those sons of b*tches. I didn't know. I didn't know!


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