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First Encounters: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Who knew that HAL doesn’t win?

I should warn you here that there’s no way I can talk about my response to 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) without spoiling most of the film. (In other words, SPOILER ALERT.) Or, if I tried, I wouldn’t be able to communicate my surprise at the many differences between the 2001 that circled through my mind before I had seen it (let’s call it pre-2001) and the actual movie.

Pre-2001 was about ninety minutes long and consisted primarily of two things: 1) good-looking but artificial space footage and 2) drama surrounding both the ambition of some grand space voyage and the conflict between astronauts and a big computer named HAL. In pre-2001, everything would be going smoothly until HAL suddenly stopped listening to commands and successfully killed off everyone on board. The film ended with HAL left to explore space on his own, possibly looking for ways to propagate his species and fill outer space with HAL progeny. Read more