Podcast: What Irks Scientists the Most When They Go to the Movies?

by Ryan Schleeter

December 15, 2015

Check out episode seven of Completely Optional Knowledge, the podcast that answers questions you never knew you had. Some things in life are #CompletelyOptional — satisfying your curiosity doesn’t have to be one of them.

Mars, the Not-So-Red Planet

Mars, the not-so-red planet? Photo by Dave Mathis / Flickr. Creative Commons.

Storms that wipe out entire civilizations in a matter of days. Aliens from that visit Earth from a yet-to-be-discovered galaxy (and they speak English). Gargantuan, beach-slaughtering sharks out to destroy the human race.

Movies are full of hyperbole  —  that’s why we love them!

But there are certain times when filmmakers ask us to suspend our disbelief more than even the most adventurous among us can manage. To help them find the balance, directors and screenwriters rely on a legion of ‘science consultants.’

In this episode, Dr. David Kirby  —  who spent time interviewing and observing many of these science consultants for his book “Lab Coats in Hollywood” — helps us dig into that fine line between sublime fantasy and falling flat in sci-fi cinema.

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Pop some corn, we think you’re going to like this one. Gif via Giphy.

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Ryan Schleeter

By Ryan Schleeter

Ryan Schleeter is a senior communications specialist with Greenpeace USA covering climate and energy. His writing has appeared in National Geographic, Grist, GreenBiz, EcoWatch, and more. Find him on Twitter @ryschlee.

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