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Sci-Fi Movies are Great, But These Films Used the Worst Technology
A lot of these films are truly larger than life in that they would never play out in real time, thanks to science. Amazon.

That One Indiana Jones Scene

The “Indiana Jones” series as a whole can be a little difficult to classify by genre. However, the final one dipped into sci-fi with a plot building up to alien discoveries, despite how these movies usually deal more with the ancient. Regardless of whether you can genuinely call it sci-fi, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” gets at least an honorable mention, and the alien stuff isn’t even the reason. Whether or not “Indiana Jones” is a true science fiction story, this movie has a science error so obvious and funny that it inspired a phrase: “nuking the fridge.”

Science fiction fans love to roast this wildly inaccurate scene from “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” However, for anyone who missed it, Indy stumbles onto a blast site for a nuclear bomb, and he comes with the “genius” solution of hiding in a nearby fridge. That’s right, a fridge. The logic of the movie says it was lead-lined and that shielded him from radiation. That is kind of clever, but it seems apparent that he and the fridge would be destroyed. Come on! This series is widely loved, but it also gave us one of the worst movie science mistakes.

Sci-Fi Movies are Great, But These Films Used the Worst Technology
It might serve as good entertainment, but this movie has terrible science. Wallha.

“The Core” Has Too Much Ridiculous Science to Keep Track

People often don’t care about things that aren’t right in front of them, even if they are hugely important. Science fiction movies are the best at helping people imagine how today’s world will change. That explains why in the 2000s, there were many science fiction films about humanity coming together to save the Earth from ecological disaster. These natural disaster-based sci-fi movies are essential for teaching people about the importance of the environment. However, some of these movies stretched the science ridiculously far to make the events dramatic. One of these films that did not age the best, for this reason, was “The Core.”

“The Core” definitely had a good message about the world working together to solve big problems, but the issues with its science start at the beginning of its premise. In this stopping the apocalypse type movie, the Earth’s core stops rotating for some reason. If an international team of scientists can’t start it up again by setting off bombs in the core (you heard me right), the Earth’s magnetic field will disappear, and the sun’s radiation will fry us like ants under a magnifying glass. It’s inspirational when they save the day, but it makes no sense. The whole atmosphere protects us from solar radiation, so this wouldn’t happen.

Sci-Fi Movies are Great, But These Films Used the Worst Technology
Did you wish you could time travel after watching these movies? Amazon.

Theoretically, Time Travel Is Possible

Researchers believe time travel is possible, theoretically. It is one of the major themes that shows up over and over in science fiction. In fact, it is highly likely that if you put on a sci-fi movie, there will be time travel in it. Many of the sci-fi movies that involve time travel imagine a timeline that goes backward and forwards and grapple with the paradox that emerges from that assumption. The paradox is that we will alter the timeline if we change something in the past, and it is called the grandfather paradox. One of the most well-known examples of this paradox is from Back to the Future.

When Marty McFly travels back in time, he puts his future existence at risk by accidentally preventing his parents from meeting each other. It looks like, if time travel were possible, Marty would have been fine. According to researchers at the University of Queensland, if you could change the past, the timeline would “self-correct” and make sure whatever happened to make you want to go back in time would still happen somehow. But that’s only IF it is possible. Time travel may be theoretically possible, but our concept of physics would have to be altered fundamentally for it to be so, and that is unlikely.

Sci-Fi Movies are Great, But These Films Used the Worst Technology
The popular flick Back to the Future came out in 1985. Time.

You Probably Can’t Move Faster Than the Speed of Light 

According to Einstein’s theory of relativity, objects with mass cannot move faster than the speed of light. To do so would break our entire concept of physics. However, what if there were some loophole to get around this? Trying to manipulate our mass would probably be deadly. Nevertheless, what if I told you there are multiple theories in existence that speculate ways in which we could control the space around a spaceship in order to travel at light speed. Two methods are theorized that may use space, wormholes, and warp drives.

There are some potential problems with this theory, in any case. You are still moving at average speeds; imagine how old you would get before you came out the other side. Moreover, there is also the issue of the other side. We don’t know where it would be or how to get to it. In a wormhole, there would not be stars for navigation. Researchers think highly sophisticated computers could calculate this location information and direct you to the right place. There is still the pesky problem of time, though. For that reason, this theory always seems unrealistic.

Sci-Fi Movies are Great, But These Films Used the Worst Technology
This type of science is hard to understand, and films don’t try to explain it accurately. Shutterstock.

There Are Multiple Speed of Light Loopholes

In addition to wormholes, there is another theoretical loophole to achieve travel at the speed of light – warp drives. You will notice this loophole in many sci-fi movies. Warp drives manipulate space by contracting it in front of the spaceship and then expanding its reach. That would theoretically create a wave, which would lead to the ship’s destination. So, take that, physics! Widely popular sci-fi shows like Futurama and Star Trek play with the concept of warp drives, so most people are probably familiar with the thought of them. It is exciting that there’s some actual science behind the idea.

Apparently, there is something called “negative energy” which could make traveling faster than the speed of light. There have even been studies that produced negative energy in a lab through something called the Casimir effect. The concept relies on the idea that a vacuum is not empty but full of electromagnetic fluctuations. Causing a disturbance to those fluctuations creates negative energy, which would theoretically cause a wormhole to appear. Furthermore, if all that sounds a little too confusing, we can indulge in some sci-fi — enjoy it for the entertainment purposes only.

Sci-Fi Movies are Great, But These Films Used the Worst Technology
Are you a fan of Star Wars or Star Trek — or both? The latter has better technology. Esquire.

Star Trek Tech Is Surprisingly Accurate

Even though much of the technology in Star Trek is futuristic and fictional, a lot of it is plausible. At least, this is true given what we know now. Most people are familiar with the science fiction ideas seen in Star Trek. It is a household name at this point. So it is cool that a broad audience is being exposed to real science. Moreover, while the writers do not get everything right regarding technology and science, it’s based more on science than most science fiction. Even though it is mostly accurate, not all of the technology is based on science.

Given the technology we have now, many of the sci-fi concepts found in Star Trek aren’t totally unreasonable to imagine. For the most part, scientists agree that there could be more carbon-based life-forms (like us) in the universe. It’s plausible there could be alien life, given the abundance of carbon in the universe. We could create artificial gravity as we see in Star Trek, probably. However, scientists aren’t sure exactly how we would go about it. Even something as farfetched as the cloaking devices used in Star Trek has been developed for real, albeit on a tiny, utterly unrealistic level. However realistic, I wouldn’t expect any of this technology to manifest any time soon.

Sci-Fi Movies are Great, But These Films Used the Worst Technology
The genre has a strong fan base. Shutterstock.

Sci-Fi Is the Favorite Genre of All Time — Minus The Senseless Technology

There is no doubt in asserting that sci-fi movies are by far one of the best movies that are made. People of all ages are equally gaga over the concept of science fiction. Whether it is the intriguing concept or the innovative technology used in it, science fiction never fails to entertain and kindle the audience’s curiosity. Even the experts think sci-fi is the most critical genre, according to an article from Wired magazine. The genre helps shape public understanding of technology before it happens, giving society some time to reflect on whether it’s a good, bad, or just plain idiotic idea.

Science fiction movies touch on some real science concepts by adding a tinge of drama to entertainment. Nevertheless, some films make the scientific theory seem dumb. Though we tend to believe in them as they have a lifelike feel, some thoughts are stupid. It is not shaming the sci-fi movies to introduce these concepts, but it is necessary to put light into them to note such impossible ideas that are hard to believe. Sorry, but we are probably not ever going to travel through space at light-speed or travel through time. According to the laws of physics, as we know them, it’s just impossible.

Sci-Fi Movies are Great, But These Films Used the Worst Technology
It explores the ideas of humanity. Shutterstock.

Sci-Fi Is Here to Stay

The above mentioned were a few science technologies used in sci-fi that make no sense of it. There is no doubt that they provide one of a kind viewing experience, and we do not question the technology when we watch as we are so amazed by the rich visual experience. We often don’t even notice unrealistic technology, even for the future. That is, if you are not paying enough attention because the movie concept is excellent. A phone implanted into your hand? Sure, neat; that seems reasonable until you think about it a little bit more.

After the movie, we come to think of it as the dumbest thing to have watched. Some of those science concepts were busted above. The reasons provided are so evident that it can question the movie makers for providing such stupid information to the audience. However, as it is said, “science fiction,” we cannot believe everything we see on the screen. Even though we know that some of the things we see in sci-fi aren’t real or are even silly, it’s safe to say the genre is widely beloved. Sci-fi isn’t going anywhere any time soon.

Sci-Fi Movies are Great, But These Films Used the Worst Technology
Sometimes, it helps not to take it all too seriously. Shutterstock.

Don’t Take the Technology Too Seriously

Science fiction is not meant for you to dig in deep and find meaning behind every concept it introduces. These movies are meant for sheer entertainment that is quite different from other movie genres. The only difference between sci-fi and other movie genres is simply the out of the box concepts it brings in. While it is true that sci-fi has predicted many of the technologies we use today, like cell phones, self-driving cars, and video chatting, it’s probably a good thing that a lot of the wild technology we see in sci-fi does not exist in the real world.

These movies’ stories and ideas are beyond our imagination, and that’s the major takeaways of these movies. Enjoy the sci-fi flick for unwavering entertainment rather than digging deep into its concept and finding it dumb at the end. It would be so heartbreaking to understand that the sci-fi movie that you enjoyed after a long time was utterly senseless. Some of the technologies we see in sci-fi movies would be downright bad ideas. Seriously, flying cars? The risk alone would be enough to skyrocket everyone’s insurance premiums. No thanks. It is one technology that will probably stay a fantasy.

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