May 23, 2004
Armageddon (1998) (part 6 of 13)
Col. Willie Sharp (heh, heh) explains he’s been assigned to teach the Wrong Stuff how to deal with the mental and physical rigors of working in outer space. Thankfully, we don’t have to see any of that. Instead, Col. Willie Sharp (heh, heh) asks if there are any intelligent questions, and Chick calls out, “What’s an X-71?”
Truman, in an “I’m a huge guy” shot tells the crew, “You’re the first civilians to ever see her!” Aren’t they special? They walk into a hangar and stare up at the X-71, which is basically just the Michael Bay version of the Space Shuttle. Truman spits out some technical specs and jargon about the X-71 too fast for me to decipher or care about.
He says the X-71’s were a joint venture between the Air Force and NASA and the two ships are named Freedom and Independence. (If you think that’s sledgehammer subtlety, wait until we get to the part of the movie where there’s an American flag in every other shot.) Truman then introduces them to the professional astronauts who will be accompanying them on their mission.