Ep. 02-04: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

Episode 02-04 – “The Day The Earth Stood Still”

Klaatu, a humanoid alien, and Gort, his robot, land their spaceship on Cold War-era Earth. They have come with a specific message that Klaatu asks to tell the representatives of all nations. But problems and paranoia arise, offering Klaatu firsthand observation of Earth’s humans and their reactionary behavior. Klaatu and Gort leave but not before issuing a strong ultimatum: The people of Earth must learn to live peacefully and avoid violence or they will be destroyed as a possible threat to other planets.

The Day the Earth Stood Still is a small film with a huge and timeless message: that violence results in violence and ultimately annihilation. Join Tim and David as they discuss this sci-fi classic and the not-so-hidden message it delivers. Listen… as Johnny has the Keys travels to mid-century America, where a spacecraft has landed and the world is captivated by an alien and his giant robot–not only as proof of life on other planets but also as an example that our way of living may not be as perfect as we’d like to think.

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