History Trivia / TwoThousandTenTheYearWeMakeContact

8th Jun '16 11:24:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* PropRecycling: The blue ''[[TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey 2001]]''-style spacesuit hanging in the ''Discovery'' pod bay ended up in the hands of the crew of ''Series/BabylonFive'' years later. (This is precisely the kind of thing that Creator/StanleyKubrick wanted to avoid by destroying all of ''2001'''s sets and props.) They did their best to change what they could on it, "[[Creator/JMichaelStraczynski though it was pretty much what it was regardless.]]" To make it further HilariousInHindsight, the episodes the suit appeared in both involved time travel, a lost astronaut appearing and disappearing, and a mild degree of MindScrew.

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* PropRecycling: The blue ''[[TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey ''[[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey 2001]]''-style spacesuit hanging in the ''Discovery'' pod bay ended up in the hands of the crew of ''Series/BabylonFive'' years later. (This is precisely the kind of thing that Creator/StanleyKubrick wanted to avoid by destroying all of ''2001'''s sets and props.) They did their best to change what they could on it, "[[Creator/JMichaelStraczynski though it was pretty much what it was regardless.]]" To make it further HilariousInHindsight, the episodes the suit appeared in both involved time travel, a lost astronaut appearing and disappearing, and a mild degree of MindScrew.
27th Apr '16 10:28:27 PM SuddenFrost
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* FakeRussian: Dana Elcar as Moiseievich has the most [[OohMeAccentsSlipping trouble with his accent]]; his Russian radio messages are dubbed. Creator/HelenMirren's grandfather was Russian (their family was originally named Mironov) and she can pull off the accent, even though she isn't fluent in the language. The rest of the actors playing the ''Leonov'' crew are variously really Russian, from other Soviet republics, or Czech.

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* FakeRussian: Dana Elcar as Moiseievich has the most [[OohMeAccentsSlipping trouble with his accent]]; his Russian radio messages are dubbed. Creator/HelenMirren's grandfather was Russian (their family was originally named Mironov) and she can pull off the accent, even though she isn't fluent in the language. The rest of the actors playing the ''Leonov'' crew are variously really Russian, actually from other the Soviet republics, Union or Czech.
10th Apr '16 4:56:44 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* HeyItsThatVoice: Creator/CandiceBergen portrays HAL's earthbound twin, [[DistaffCounterpart SAL 9000]]. Her fisheye lens is blue - a bit of RedOniBlueOni, [[WildMassGuessing perhaps]]?
31st Dec '15 10:39:31 PM SuddenFrost
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** Surprisingly more-or-less averted with the rest of the cast. With the glaring exception of Dana Elcar as Dimitri, most of the Soviets are in fact from the Soviet Union (if not Russia specifically), and any others are Czech. Tanya is a special case: she was played by Creator/HelenMirren, who while English is ethnically Russian (her grandfather was an emigre from the UsefulNotes/RedOctober) and can do a flawless Russian accent.

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** Surprisingly more-or-less averted with the rest of the cast. With the glaring exception of Dana Elcar as Dimitri, most of the Soviets are in fact from the Soviet Union (if not Russia specifically), and any others are Czech. Tanya is a special case: she Dmitri Moiseivich was played by Creator/HelenMirren, who while English is ethnically an American actor, and Captain Tanya Kirbuk by a third-generation Russian (her grandfather was an emigre from immigrant to the UsefulNotes/RedOctober) UK (see FakeRussian below). Kirbuk's name is, of course, [[Creator/StanleyKubrick Kubrick]] [[SdrawkcabName spelled backwards]] without the "c", but it's probably intended to resemble Ukrainian names that end in "-uk". The other Soviet characters were played by four Russians, one Latvian, one Ukrainian and can do a flawless Russian accent.one Czech.
10th Jul '15 5:43:56 AM Kitch
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* RealitySubtext: In the film, the Soviet minister explained to Floyd that their ship's name was changed from ''Titov'' to ''Leonov'' because Titov "fell out of favor". In real life, Gherman Titov was a bit of a rebel who was busted multiple times for drunk driving, fraternizing with women, and other misdemeanors. The Soviet Union considered officially kicking him out of the program more than once, and likely would have if not for Yuri Gagarin's death in 1968.

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* RealitySubtext: In the film, the Soviet minister explained to Floyd that their ship's name was changed from ''Titov'' to ''Leonov'' because Titov "fell out of favor". In real life, Gherman Titov was a bit of a rebel who was busted multiple times for drunk driving, fraternizing with women, and other misdemeanors. The Soviet Union considered officially kicking him out of the program more than once, and likely would have eventually if not for Yuri Gagarin's death in 1968.
10th Jul '15 5:43:37 AM Kitch
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* RealitySubtext: In the film, the Soviet minister explained to Floyd that their ship's name was changed from ''Titov'' to ''Leonov'' because Titov "fell out of favor". In real life, Gherman Titov was a bit of a rebel who was busted multiple times for drunk driving, fraternizing with women, and other misdemeanors. The Soviet Union considered officially kicking him out of the program more than once, and likely would have if not for Yuri Gagarin's death in 1968.
12th Mar '15 8:35:19 PM jormis29
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** Surprisingly more-or-less averted with the rest of the cast. With the glaring exception of Dana Elcar as Dimitri, most of the Soviets are in fact from the Soviet Union (if not Russia specifically), and any others are Czech. Tanya is a special case: she was played by Creator/HelenMirren, who while English is ethnically Russian (her grandfather was an emigre from the RedOctober) and can do a flawless Russian accent.

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** Surprisingly more-or-less averted with the rest of the cast. With the glaring exception of Dana Elcar as Dimitri, most of the Soviets are in fact from the Soviet Union (if not Russia specifically), and any others are Czech. Tanya is a special case: she was played by Creator/HelenMirren, who while English is ethnically Russian (her grandfather was an emigre from the RedOctober) UsefulNotes/RedOctober) and can do a flawless Russian accent.
23rd Aug '14 12:37:41 PM Austin
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* FreezeFrameBonus: In the very first interior shot of the ''Leonov'', the camera tilts down from a closeup of a computer monitor in the medical bay. Printed underneath the monitor is a paragraph of English text, beginning with "You may leave the lavatory if the green exit light is on over the door...." This is actually step 4 of the Zero Gravity Toilet instructions from ''2001''. Not only do you have to freeze-frame it, you need to watch the movie on Blu-Ray in order to make out the text! Additionally, the image on the monitor is captioned "KIRBUK" in Cyrillic (see MildlyMilitary on the Main page.)
15th Jul '14 1:05:22 PM Fighteer
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* CelebrityVoiceActor: Creator/CandiceBergen as SAL 9000; [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] as she was credited under a pseudonym, "Olga Mallsnerd".


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* LifeImitatesArt: Around the year 2010, scientists began noticing the color of Jupiter's atmosphere is changing, just not as fast as it happens in the film.
* TheOtherDarrin: Roy Scheider as Heywood Floyd, replacing William Sylvester from ''2001''. (A still of Sylvester as Floyd, touching the monolith on the Moon, can be seen in the recap sequence in the beginning.) Averted by Keir Dullea and Douglas Rain, who reprise their roles as Bowman and HAL.


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* ScienceMarchesOn: This was Clarke's motivation to keep writing sequels to ''2001''. The plot of ''2010'' was inspired by the Voyager probes' flybys of Jupiter, especially the possibility of life under Europa's icy crust, and he wrote ''2061'' in response to the 1986 observations of Halley's Comet.
** This made Stanley Kubrick's version of the plot, moving the mission in ''2001'' from Saturn to Jupiter, very fortuitous. The first novel sent ''Discovery'' to Saturn, with the Monolith found in the vicinity of Iapetus (spelled "Japetus" in the novel, a common British spelling for the moon). The most interesting feature on Iapetus is a ridge that gives it a walnut-like shape. The real-life idea that Europa is now considered more likely to harbor life than Mars makes this change downright fateful!
** After Clarke died, the Cassini probe showed that it would now be possible to do a story about a monolith on Iapetus protecting emerging life on Enceladus, since it has even better evidence of liquid water under its crust than Europa does.
9th Jul '14 5:35:15 PM AFP
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* ShoutOut: The prop designers for ''Series/BabylonFive'' used the design of the ''Leonov'' as inspiration for the Omega Destroyers used by the Earthers on that show. Compare the rotating gravity sections of the two ships, they have a largely identical profile.

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* ShoutOut: The prop designers for ''Series/BabylonFive'' used the design of the ''Leonov'' as inspiration for the Omega Destroyers used by the Earthers on that show. Compare the rotating gravity sections of the two ships, they have a largely identical profile. The designer of the digital prop on B5 assumed that someone would catch his obvious joke and have him fix it, but nobody noticed.
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