The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) (part 7 of 11)

Cut to a military base, where an army colonel with a hellaciously fake Southern accent is announcing orders for a mission. This is Robert Knepper, whom fans of the now-defunct FOX series Prison Break will know as T-Bag, and who a long time ago was Wyatt Miller in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Haven” (The One Where Lwaxana Forces Deanna to Marry).

This section is Rilly Dumb, so here’s the super-encapsulated version: The robot is still just standing there in Central Park showing off its wingspan, and the government (i.e., Kathy Bates) is getting unnerved by it, for no good reason. So despite having been told that the robot reacts to violence, the army tries to blow it up using sidewinder missiles fired from drone aircraft. Hilarity ensues!

Caption contributed by Scooter

“I don’t care how, just find a way to attack it without actually attacking it!”

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Mark "Scooter" Wilson

Mark is a history guy, a graphics guy, a guy for whom wryly cynical assessments of popular culture are the scallion cream cheese on the toasted everything bagel of life. He spends his time teaching modern history at Brooklyn College, pondering the ancient Romans at the CUNY Graduate Center, and conjuring maps and illustrations for ungrateful bankers at various Manhattan monoliths. Readers are welcome to guess at reasons why he's nicknamed Scooter, with the proviso that all such submissions are guaranteed to be rather more interesting than the truth. Mark lives in the Midwood section of Brooklyn with a happy-go-lucky, flop-eared dog named Chiyo who is probably, at this very moment, waiting patiently for her walkies.

Multi-Part Article: The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

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