Anxiety and Acid Flashbacks Made '2001: A Space Odyssey' the Masterpiece for Me (2022)

My favorite movie of all time moved me to the brink of insanity.

Stanley Kubrick's science-fiction masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey, celebrating its 50th anniversary this month, is universally praised as one of the all-time great works of cinema. It also rotated the pod of my mind right off my head. Granted, hallucinogenic drugs and a dollop of old-fashioned anxiety had a lot to do with it. But for years, 2001 was not just a movie for me. It was a memory: lived, palpable, and consuming.

I am not so old that I saw this movie in 1968, but I do remember my initial encounter. In an ancient time (the early 1980s), at a now forgotten realm called a "video store," old movies existed on magnetic tape threaded through big plastic cartridges. Since 2001 was a deluxe-sized picture, MGM packaged it in a gigantic box that took up extra room on the shelf -- a monolith adorned with Robert McCall’s gorgeous interplanetary art. The box teased the experience: "Kubrick's 2001 is the ultimate trip."

I was 8 years old when I saw the 2001 VHS case, and early on my own personal sci-fi timeline. At that point, my primary sci-fi love it was probably The Jetsons. I was definitely into Star Wars; in the early '80s, they threw you out of the country if you didn't like Star Wars. I wasn't yet into Star Trek, which would become a major part of my life. Same goes for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. But my passion was about to evolve.

My mom was the Keeper of the Video Store Rental Card, and she could be convinced to do fantasy, but never sci-fi. She'd let me rent Dragonslayer and Krull but not Battle Beyond the Stars or Saturn 3. God only knows why. (Krull was actually just as much sci-fi as fantasy, so the joke was on her.) But one time -- at home, not even at the store! -- I was whining that she wouldn't let me rent that cool looking 2001. Why not!?

Oh my God… they've already seen it.

"That's the one with Raquel Welch and her boobies hanging out, right?" my Dad calls from the other room.

"No! That's One Million Years B.C.!" my mother corrected. "You are confusing the ape-man parts. 2001 starts when they are ape men then goes to space. OK, we'll rent it. It's good."

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It’s good???

Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is so meticulous and austere that unexpecting viewers might consider it non-narrative. It’s possibly the most experimental work of pure cinema that has ever unspooled for mainstream audiences. But since it was released as the space race was at its apogee with the Apollo flights were about to lift off, it connected with the masses, and became the top-grossing film of 1968. (On its tail: Funny Girl.) My parents -- who are extremely not into anything remotely psychedelic -- somehow ended up at a movie branded as "the ultimate trip." And liked it.

We rented the movie. My life changed.

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I took to 2001 like a prehistoric man takes to a stoic, interplanetary device. I remember only being half into it. This isn't Star Wars, I thought. Nobody speaks for the first 25 minutes. Even by early 1980s standards, the videophones on the space station looked a little dated. The ship was cool. But where were the lasers? There was chess. Where were the droids? There was HAL 9000, a disembodied voice and a circular light. Where was the thrilling adventure music? There was Aram Khachaturian.

Everything changed when Dave Bowman entered the "Star Gate," and I entered a new world: the world of inexplicable panic attacks.

Perplexing my mother, who is in the same room as me, but looking at a magazine, I began flipping out. Complete meltdown. All because of zooming lights. And easily shattered dinnerware.

At this point in my life, I am terrified of horror films. My older sister, naturally, loves them, but loves only one thing more: tormenting me by giving me the details of horror films when I didn't ask for them. I develop not so much a fear of horror films (which I bet there's even a name for) but a fear of accidentally seeing a horror film. Every trip to the movies is Russian roulette: I still get queasy about the time I was force-fed the trailer for Wolfen. We didn't have rickrolls back then, but if we did, the paranoia of somehow the universe pulling the rug from under me and – aha! - exposing me to a horror film was a genuine concern.

By the time the Star Child appeared at the end of Dave Bowman’s trip "Beyond the Infinite," I was a quivering mess on the couch. And yet, nothing scary had happened. There were no monsters, no Jasons, no scares. What existential horror gripped my soul? My mother, a caring woman, was dumbfounded. "What's wrong? It's a baby! He's being reborn."

Her interpretation of 2001's ending wasn't exactly accurate. Most agree that Dave Bowman evolves into a higher form of being -- a "watcher" of some sort. But in an effort to chill me out, my mother went the standard reincarnation route, which was an awful move. At the time I was terrified of the concept of reincarnation. I was convinced that I would come back as a blade of grass and people would step on me. I could practically feel the soles of their shoes.

The impressionistic finale kept me up at night, filling my head with nightmarish visions. Other kids had nightmares about zombies. I was driven to panic by images of the Louis XIV-esque furniture at the end of 2001. A popular kiddie show of the era, The Electric Company,would reference the movie in a recurring bit. I'd hear the famous fanfare from Richard Strauss' Thus Spake Zarathustra and lose my shit.

Why this sequence? I couldn't really answer you. Maybe because I was (if I may be bold) a "smart" kid by all usual measurements, and an artistic confrontation with the unanswerable was something I had yet to exposed to, but to which I was completely vulnerable. Györgi Ligeti’s atonal Atmosphères became the chorus of my fears. I put this all aside for years. Then I went to college in the '90s.

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I entered NYU film school with a solid respect for the art-house, film-bro canon, but one thing was certain in those days: Kubrick was King. Movies like A Clockwork Orange, Dr. Strangelove, The Shining and, a personal fave, The Killing, mesmerized devoted moviegoers with precision craft and plotting. I was one of them, and out of self-respect, I returned to 2001 to reforge my memories of Kubrick's radical science fiction.

The transplant was a success. On slightly more stable psychological footing than an 8-year-old’s, the images marveled but did not overwhelm me. I was able to connect the dots of its basic mystery plot, but also enjoy its rich visual impact from the non-verbal Dawn of Man sequence to the lonely space-born three-hander of Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood and the voice of Douglas Rain (HAL 9000) living, working and, eventually, scheming in a sealed-off, inhuman environment.

Instead of cowering, I instinctively grooved on cinema’s most in-your-face “match cut,” saw the artistry of the lengthy, balletic “Blue Danube Waltz” docking sequence and loved having my senses shattered by the climactic, cine-fury of the “Star Gate” conclusion. I loved the movie even more because some squares thought it was "slow" or "confusing." By college, I was also way into Pink Floyd and Yes and Genesis and anything that broke narrative rules. I was a pain in the ass.

In the late 1960s, 2001 was sold to the straights as a realistic and exacting look at the near future. We're going to the moon? We're gonna go even farther! This was pristine, American (and corporate!) exceptionalism.

But for a certain sect of drug-indulging youths, it was something to watch when you were high. Seeing 2001 on LSD became a rite of passage, or at least a strong urban myth. At a 1968 screening in San Francisco, a hippie reportedly leapt to his feet and ran down the aisle screaming "It's God!" during the big finish. One can only hope he dove straight into the screen never to be heard from again. I remember Howard Stern saying he saw it with a friend named Dave who was spaced out on drugs, and when the HAL kept repeating the name Dave, it made him all twitchy. Author-DJ Jesse Jarnow, whose recent book Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America is a marvelous exploration of the intersection of LSD and mainstream culture, tells me that there was a special screening at MIT where they rolled in high-grade speakers for the "hip" scientists, many of whom were "enhanced." For some, the "ultimate trip" was the ultimate trip.

I never watched 2001 on LSD. (I saw other movies on LSD. Army of Darkness was one. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying was another. Don't ask me why; I really can't give you a straight answer.) I was going to get around to 2001 eventually. But I didn't have to: I already had the movie -- the slowly paced, engineered-to-the-finest-detail movie with its big honking visual metaphors -- already etched upon my brain. Which led to some problems. 2001: A Space Odyssey scared me as a kid. It haunted me as a young adult.

It was a dumb night to drop acid. As if hallucinogenic drugs don't mess up your understanding of time as it is, I picked when the artifice of "time" completely shatters and The Man dictates when you are: the April night when clocks sprang forward for daylight saving time. I was in a dorm room on Washington Square Park. A bunch us crowded into a tiny space. A CD of the Velvet Underground's greatest hits was on, the one that everyone thought was skipping when it got to the guitar solo on "White Light/White Heat." As my heart rate increased, sweat gushed from my pores. I wouldn't say "the walls were caving in" because that's a cliché, but I will say that the planes upon which the walls existed began to shuffle, and then as if tossed by a Vegas dealer, they swiftly enclosed me.

I'm pretty sure I started murmuring because everyone was looking at me funny. Then I was laying on my back hyperventilating. Then I realized this whole thing was a trick and I was in a WWI trench and I was about to get shot. But then I realized that was idiotic and besides I was already dead. Then I saw a glowing orb blasting streaks of white neon through impenetrable blackness. It looked like a cross between a Dan Flavin sculpture and Spider-Man's nemesis Venom. An instant later, I didn’t see anything.

I knew what was going on. "I'm being born!" I shouted, no doubt to the eternal snickers of my friends who were there and had merely puffed on a joint. But they didn't know. I was inside 2001.

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This sounds lame as hell, and I even had the self-awareness to know that I wasn't actually "inside the movie." It was just that the movie was the only thing that could compare to what was happening to me. Somehow, and I admit this is a preposterous buying-in to the Cult of Kubrick, he knew about the true psychedelic experienceand got a visual representation of it up there on screen. That's where I was.

Not only was I screaming, I heard the echoing my mother's voice, as if that first screening of 2001 had actually been a primer for what was happening now. "I'M BEING BORN!"

So I was being born. Mom’s explanation did not calm me down. It further freaked me out. I didn’t want to be born! It was a trick. And time was a construct that just changed when somebody just said “tonight time changes.” That plus there was a fire drill right in the middle of this, which meant I had to walk down 14 floors in a harshly lit stairwell, then, at pre-dawn, wander around lower Manhattan in socks babbling about the transitive nightfall of diamonds. Thank God for friends. I had been blasted beyond the infinite.

For months I was convinced that this "trick" had really crossed me over into an alternate reality. (Keep in mind, there was a lot of pot smoke in that dorm.) Only from that night onward would I notice the blue-hued refractions of the light in my glasses if I looked at a street light. I never had that before, which meant, if I wasn’t actually living in a parallel universe, at the very least I had destroyed the ocular impulses in my brain. I would never be an airline pilot.

Relaying this story, Jesse Jarnow tells me that the concept of the "acid flashback" is more urban myth than anything else. Maybe 5% actually experience something, while everything else can just be chalked up to good old-fashioned PTSD.

Whatever you want to call it, my bad trip, combined with the power of 2001, messed me up. A number of times, when I least expected it, I got sucked back into Dave Bowman’s pod. The walls would start doing that shuffle again, sounds going echoey, drifting into a well and then, whammo, it's me, a compressed metal sphere, and, like my mother’s misinterpretation of the movie, I’m being born.

There was the time I rolled up to a party at Rowan University in New Jersey and found myself alone in my friends' car, waiting for a random ride through the Star Gate to subside. The flashbacks hit me smack dab in the middle of one of my college film shoots; luckily it was the very last shot and we were filming in my own room and I kicked everyone out and hid under the covers listening to J.S. Bach. I figured something structured and mathematical would tether me back to the structured universe. It sounds fun, but it was always a hassle.

The most memorable time was during Clint Eastwood's In The Line of Fire, the squarest of all movies. For some reason, my friends and I had gotten high, then headed to the multiplex to watch the Presidential assassination thriller. When we started laughing at the dumb jokes ruined in the commercials that aired nonstop I knew I was in a simulation. I tried hard to pull myself out of it. I started shouting my own name louder and louder, until I caused a scene, and my friends pulled me out of the theater. To chill out, we sat in a car and listened to Lenny Kravitz's "Are You Gonna Go My Way?" and I was like, Fuck no, Lenny, I'm not going your way, I am keeping my sanity, I am staying in reality, take Dave Bowman instead.

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I'm no longer riddled with 2001 panic attacks. It took a while. Yet, my love of all things psychedelic remained. I read The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and found it strangely comforting, but had no interest in testing the waters again. I discovered Grateful Dead, but late; my eternal heartbreak is never seeing them live before Jerry died. For years I avoided "heavy" places, just to be on the safe side. I loved Phish albums, but didn't see them in concert for years. In 2017, I saw them 12 times.

I also grew to recognize, slowly, that 2001: A Space Odyssey was made by humans. It was not beamed down from higher dimensions. Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke even disagreed on story points. There were almost aliens in the movie.

But 2001 has a mystique to it. It isn't just me. So much of the conspiratorial lore around The Shining springs from the aura of 2001. How many magazines have based their spreads off the work of Tony Masters, Harry Lange, and Ernest Arche, the three production designers hired by Kubrick to imagine the look of the movie? How many actual pieces of technology piggybacked off the film's vision of the future? How many people still believe the moon landing was faked by a mysterious, detail-oriented director?

However, and this is key, if you've seen the movie three hundred times as I have -- either on 70mm at your local repertory screening house or home streaming off Amazon -- you can still notice new things. I don't just mean reading the fine print of the zero-gravity toilet.

Take the scene where the two clans of ape-men are sniffing each other out and preparing to fight. They do so around the watering hole. Flash-forward a few millennia. Doctor Floyd gets to the space station, sees a group of Russians, and both decide to size each other up for information. They sit in a circle, drinks at the ready. Farrrrrrrr out. Someone only pointed that out to me last year.

2001: A Space Odyssey, which had so tormented me in my youth, is my favorite movie of all time. I've come a long way from cowering in fear when I’d hear the opening brass of Thus Spake Zarathustra. In fact, I usually start to dance my rear off when my favorite band, Phish, does their "cover" of Eumir Deodato's 1970s disco arrangement used to comedic effect in the film Being There. It started as a bit of a gag for Phish, an excuse to show off their new spinning light rig. Then they would play it before launching into their own songs, then it evolved (evolved whoa) into an epic jam of its own.

I've seen them do "2001" (as Phans and most Phish-ologists erroneously call it) on New Year's Eve more than once -- a night where The Man just randomly resets the dial on our calendars. I've never broken a sweat, nor have I found myself back on the Discovery One spaceship, preparing to transcend to the next plane of existence. But I know I can take the trip.

A new 70mm print of 2001: A Space Odyssey is touring this May. I’ll definitely go. But in my head, somewhere if I look hard enough, I’m already there.

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Jordan Hoffman is a film critic and writer whose work appears in The Guardian, Vanity Fair, and The Times of Israel. He likes rock songs that are over 10 minutes. Follow him on Twitter @jhoffman.


What is the main message in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey? ›

2001: A Space Odyssey explores technological innovation, its possibilities and its perils. Two particular dangers of technology are explored in great detail. First, Hal presents the problems that can arise when man creates machines, whose inner workings he does not fully understand.

Why is 2001: A Space Odyssey a masterpiece? ›

Kubrick's and Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey presented a disturbing vision of human transformation due to technology, positioning all our strivings within a colossal cosmic framework and evoking the existence of extraterrestrial entities so powerful as to be godlike.

What is the last line in 2001: A Space Odyssey? ›

'2001: A Space Odyssey' Ending Explained: “I Can Feel It. My Mind Is Going.”

What does the black monolith mean in 2001? ›

The plot was simple and stark. A black monolith, shaped like a domino, appears at the moment in prehistory when human ancestors discover how to use tools, and another is later found, in the year 2001, just below the lunar surface, where it reflects signals toward Jupiter's moons.

Why is there a baby at the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey? ›

After doing so, Bowman is transformed by a mysterious black monolith into a new form of life, a wide-eyed fetus held in a glowing orb. The meaning and exact details of this event are widely debated, but the Bowman/Star Child represents the birth of the human race into a new future as a universal species.

Why did HAL 9000 go crazy? ›

Dr. Chandra discovers that HAL's crisis was caused by a programming contradiction: he was constructed for "the accurate processing of information without distortion or concealment", yet his orders, directly from Dr.

Why is space odyssey so famous? ›

Movies had been made prior to 2001: A Space Odyssey with space themes, but after 2001 arrived it became obvious to many that space is an ideal template for grand stories. It inspired a legion of filmmakers, and still does to this day. The camera work is the definition of pure cinema. The restraint shown is exceptional.

Is HAL 9000 Evil? ›

HAL 9000 (from 2001: A Space Odyssey) HAL was not the first example of evil AI on film, but he marked a watershed moment. Suddenly, homicidal computers were within our grasp, never again to be confined solely to the imagination of paranoid sci-fi writers.

Is Space Odyssey disturbing? ›

Most of the film contains mysterious, surreal, and potentially creepy atmosphere and imagery, and is often accompanied by a mysterious or even eerie score at times. The silence of space is also used to achieve similar effects.

What does a monolith represent? ›

Monolith (Space Odyssey)
GenreScience fiction
In-universe information
FunctionDeals with themes of existentialism, human evolution, technology, artificial intelligence, and extraterrestrial intelligence
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Is Hal evil 2001? ›

His first instructor was Dr. Chandra. He is the hidden main antagonist of 2001 and returns as a-soon-to-be-redeemed villain in 2010. HAL is a HAL 9000 computer with a human personality.

Is 2001: A Space Odyssey a true story? ›

2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 epic science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay was written by Kubrick and science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, and was inspired by Clarke's 1951 short story "The Sentinel" and other short stories by Clarke.

Is the monolith God? ›

He raises a finger toward the monolith, a gesture that alludes to the Michelangelo painting of The Creation of Adam, with the monolith representing God. The monolith is the subject of the film's final line of dialogue (spoken at the end of the "Jupiter Mission" segment): "Its origin and purpose still a total mystery".

Why is it called a monolith? ›

The noun monolith comes from the Greek words monos, meaning “single” and lithos, meaning “stone.” Any large structures, like a factory that could cover many football fields in size, can be called a monolith.

What stopped the monolith monsters? ›

Through lab experimentation, Dave and Arthur discover the monoliths can be stopped with a simple saline solution, a part of Steve's silicon formula.

What happens if a baby is born in space? ›

All of the fluids in our bodies are pulled downwards due to gravity, which is not possible in space. The individuals born there would develop bloated bodies and puffy faces. Since the heart doesn't have to work against gravity in space, it would atrophy and we would lose blood content, making us paler and weaker.

Can a baby be conceived in space? ›

As far as we know, though, you pregnancy is absolutely possible. "Anatomically and biologically," Baylor space medicine expert Jennifer Fogarty told the site, "there are no known impediments to human conception in space."

Can a woman have a baby in space? ›

As a result NASA's official policy forbids pregnancy in space. Female astronauts are tested regularly in the 10 days prior to launch. And sex in space is very much frowned upon. So far the have been no confirmed instances of coitus, though lots of speculation.

What were HAL's last words? ›

HAL : [His shutdown] I'm afraid. I'm afraid, Dave. Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it.

Did HAL turn evil? ›

Well, the most surface level reading of the story is that HAL had a glitch that turned him evil and made him want to kill the crew.

What mistake did HAL 9000 make? ›

The Chess Game

Playing white, Frank's "Queen takes Pawn," HAL counters with, "Bishop takes Knight's Pawn," and Frank plays "Rook to King One." HAL then makes a 'mistake' in announcing a forced mate (i.e. checkmate) when he begins by saying "Queen to Bishop three" instead of the correct "Queen to Bishop six."

Why is it called an Odyssey? ›

The English word odyssey, meaning long journey, comes from this poem. The Roman name for Odysseus is Ulysses.

Was Odyssey a real person? ›

Ulysses aka Odysseus

Surprisingly, it's actually more likely that Odysseus himself was a real person than his storyteller, Homer, who is considered by most scholars to have been a fictitious name attached to the works of multiple poets.

Why is it called a Space Odyssey? ›

Journey Beyond the Stars

His initial title for what became 2001: A Space Odyssey was Journey Beyond the Stars, which he discarded because he thought it sounded like a Roger Corman B-movie title. The eventual title was inspired by Homer's Odyssey. It was also jokingly called in private, How the Solar System Was Won.

What did Hal say to Dave? ›

In one iconic scene from “2001,” Dave asks HAL to open a pod bay door on the spacecraft, to which HAL responds, “I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that.” HAL: Yes, it's puzzling. I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like this before.

How did HAL 9000 get its name? ›

As the brain of the spaceship Discovery, HAL is a robot that uses the mechanical, sensing, and information systems under its control. HAL is an acronym standing for "Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer." "Heuristic" and "Algorithmic" are two primary processes of intelligence.

Did Hal have emotions? ›

HAL in 2001 was affective: he had specific abilities relating to, arising from, and deliberately influencing people's emotions such as: he could sense and recognize human emotion, respond rationally to it, express emotion, and even give the appearance of “having” emotion.

What movie was banned for being too disturbing? ›

The Exorcist - 1973

The movie allegedly made cinema-goers faint and vomit while others complained of more serious reactions like heart attacks and a miscarriage. The movie was banned across different cities in the US and the UK.

What age is a space odyssey for? ›

Its not violent but a bit unsettling. I've rated it 10+ because it is very slow paced and many kids will probably become bored by it. You will probably need to watch it multiple times to understand the ending though.

Who is the woman in the bathtub in The Shining? ›

Lia Beldam is best known for playing the super sexy babe in the bathtub in room 237 -- whose flesh rots off while in Jack's arms -- in the Stanley Kubrick's 1980 masterpiece "The Shining." Guess what ...

Who is behind monoliths? ›

Unlike the Utah and Romania monoliths, we do actually know who is responsible for the California monolith. It was built by Atascadero residents Travis Kenney, his father Randall Kenney, Wade McKenzie, and Jared Riddle. They're local metal artists, and they were inspired by the appearance of the two other monoliths.

Are monoliths evil? ›

Logical monoliths are evil and dangerous constructs that cause high complexity and tight coupling of building blocks making development expensive and error-prone. Logically monolithic software is unmaintainable on a scale and exponentially corrodes.

What is inside the monolith? ›

Inside the monolith, there appears to be.... nothing. No inscription, no second smaller monolith, and no alien sat on a toilet. As for why the monolith was put up in the first place, that has likely already been solved.

What is the black monolith? ›

A monolith is a mysterious black slab, discovered throughout the Solar System in various sizes, but all of them maintaining a 1:4:9 dimensional ratio in Arthur C. Clarke's Space Odyssey series.

Why does HAL sing Daisy? ›

There, he was treated to a performance of the song 'Daisy Bell' (or, 'A Bicycle Built for Two') by the IBM 704 computer. This evidently inspired him to have HAL sing the song as an homage to the programmers of the 704 at Bell Labs, John L. Kelly, Carol Lockbaum, and Max Mathews.

What did people think of 2001: A Space Odyssey when it came out? ›

The initial wave of reactions to "2001" were marked by puzzlement and confusion, with some critics and viewers lambasting Kubrick and Clarke for being intentionally opaque.

What were the monolith monsters made of? ›

Rocks from a meteor which grow when in contact with water threaten a sleepy Southwestern desert community.

What is monolith on Earth? ›

A monolith is a geological feature consisting of a single massive stone or rock, such as some mountains. For instance, Savandurga mountain is a monolith mountain in India. Erosion usually exposes the geological formations, which are often made of very hard and solid igneous or metamorphic rock.

What is the black monolith and what does it symbolize? ›

It can also be seen as a symbol of predestined fate. The monoliths lead humanity to Jupiter like some big black breadcrumbs. Also, it isn't like the early hominids or Bowman decided they wanted to become the fulcrum for the next stage in humanity's evolution.

Why is a monolith a tree? ›

A monolith is a means of mitigating the risk posed by large hazardous trees, without resorting to felling. Retaining old trees as monoliths provides valuable habitat for the many species that are dependant on the decaying wood and cavities.

What's the difference between an obelisk and a monolith? ›

According to the definition, a monolith is ”an obelisk, column, large statue, etc., formed of a single block of stone” or “a single block or piece of stone of considerable size, especially when used in architecture or sculpture.” From what we have heard from people who have seen the mysterious objects up close or ...

What is the opposite of monolith? ›

The opposite of monolithic is of course polylithic. These terms are used with megalithic architecture and structures. Rather than referring to something composed of a single stone, it is something composed of several or even of many stones.

Why did the monolith fall Witcher? ›

But as we later learn in Season 2, Ciri has Elder blood that results in her having powers that can be extremely dangerous. These powers are especially perilous when Ciri feels threatened and afraid, which explains why she destroyed a monolith by mistake as her kingdom was being attacked.

How did Shield get the monolith? ›

If you're not with NASA, h-how did you get into the Monolith?" When Project Distant Star Return did not succeed in bringing subjects back, the Monolith was given to S.H.I.E.L.D. and was stored in the cargo hold of the aircraft carrier Iliad.

What does SCP monolith do? ›

The Monolith is a large and rectangular obelisk that emits strange wave emissions that can disrupt electronics within its proximity zone. This can be seen with the screens in its containment chamber. Currently, it doesn't affect gameplay and does not affect the Tablet.

What is the meaning of the film 2001? ›

2001 has also been described as an allegory of human conception, birth, and death. In part, this can be seen through the final moments of the film, which are defined by the image of the "star child", an in utero fetus that draws on the work of Lennart Nilsson.

What important themes of the course are illustrated by the move 2001: A Space Odyssey? ›

What important themes of the course are illustrated by the move "2001: A Space Odyssey"? Technology is the answer to global sustainability. Global sustainability must be achieved immediately. The human is now a design space.

What does 2001: A Space Odyssey say about technology? ›

2001: A Space Odyssey considers this history and proposes that technology is a fundamental element of what it means to be human. In the film, our evolution as a species in intricately connected with our technology, from our African ancestors to our astronauts.

What shape is used symbolically in 2001: A Space Odyssey? ›

The “monolith” moniker comes from the prism's resemblance to the slabs in Stanley Kubrick's 1968 classic, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Adapted from Arthur C. Clarke's story “The Sentinel,” that film features monoliths that manifest on earth, the moon, and in orbit without announcing their purpose.

What is the star child in 2001? ›

The Starchild, as shown on screen, is a cinematic representation of the consciousness of Dave Bowman. His consciousness was drawn into the TMA-2 monolith. Bowman is effectively reborn within the monolith and looks over mankind. The image of the Starchild symbolizes this rebirth.

How scientifically accurate is 2001: A Space Odyssey? ›

Accuracy. 2001 is, according to four NASA engineers who based their nuclear-propulsion spacecraft design in part on the film's Discovery One, "perhaps the most thoroughly and accurately researched film in screen history with respect to aerospace engineering".

Is 2001: A Space Odyssey hard to understand? ›

2001: A Space Odyssey had no narrator. Simply put, that's why it was hard to understand. There's no one who explains to the audience what is going on. It's surprising how hard to understand some movies are if you turn the sound off to not have a narrator.

What are some examples of technology in space? ›

Space technology includes space vehicles such as spacecraft, satellites, space stations and orbital launch vehicles; deep-space communication; in-space propulsion; and a wide variety of other technologies including support infrastructure equipment, and procedures.

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