YMMV: Contact

YMMV tropes and audience reactions for the novel by Carl Sagan Contact:

  • He Also Did: Carl Sagan, astronomer and famous for the scientific documentary Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, as well as essays and books of scientific and skeptical nature, writing a novel might sound alien for some. Indeed, it's possible to notice common points in this book which are later repeated (or are repeated from) his other works.


YMMV tropes and audience reactions for the 1997 film Contact:

  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Magnificent Bastard: Hadden. There's no other way to put it.
  • Strawman Has a Point/Wrong Genre Savvy: Kitz is a total jerkass, but when you think of it, his fears aren't that stupid as they sound in context. At one point he even asks Ellie directly about why she thinks the aliens must be benign.
    • Near the end of the book, Ellie starts to wonder if she has been selling him short. Given that personal experience vs. objective evidence is a major theme of the book this portrayal may be deliberate.
      • In the movie, it comes full circle: Kitz discovers definitive evidence that the aliens are real, but suppresses it to maintain the status quo. But he also gives Ellie a blank check for future SETI research. He's a politician - he's playing all the angles.


YMMV tropes and audience reactions for the 2006 video game Contact: