…at home with my wife, who normally hates Sci Fi but - very surprisingly - enjoyed the spectacle of it all. As did I, I must say. Just wish I’d bothered to go to see it at the cinema in glorious 3D at the time, as I’m sure it would have been quite extraordinary. But still plenty fun enough on our TV.
Firstly though, it was basically a western, with the exact same storyline as Dances with Wolves or similar ilk, or the Last Samurai. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it was kind of strange seeing such a familiar pattern of events play out in such a different, exotic landscape.
But what I wanted to ask was this – what, exactly, were the ‘sky people’ doing on Pandora? There was some chat that they (we) had destroyed our own planet, no green areas left, and this led to my assumption that we were there to colonise the planet and make it our new home etc… But it was also just a huge mining corporation basically scavenging the planet for expensive materials. If the latter was the case, why would a huge mining expedition to collect the rare mineral (unobtainium- heh) to sell back home be of any consequence? Would there even be markets back home to sell the ore in if the planet was truly dying and had been rendered uninhabitable? Or does the ore somehow help replenish our planet and grow new things, hence it’s intrinsic value? If it was mentioned, I missed it.
Anyhow, was there any reasoning or rationale to this, or was it just a plot device to drive the story? (was I meant to just be distracted by the big blue guys and their pretty planet…? )