Neil deGrasse Tyson is known for throwing cold water on a variety of fictional topics these days, especially when it comes to the science portion of science fiction. So to give him another platform and also get his thoughts about The Rock’s feats of strength, The Late Show asked the astrophysicist to pick apart a few of the films hitting theaters this summer.
As usual, he’s not wrong about how the situations from the films would happen in reality. There would indeed be no sounds in space for all those incredible battles, meaning explosions and laser blasts would just be silent whizzes — if they even happened at all thanks to the no oxygen thing. He at least admits that this one doesn’t bother him as much, especially in connection to Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2. When there’s a giant tree man and talking Raccoon walking around, you gotta suspend that disbelief.
Alien: Covenant gets a little action too, pointing out that we’d be more likely to send robots to a desolate, possibly deadly planet than to send humans. What he’s missing is the note from the trailer that Covenant likely has been diverted or sent to a different planet thanks to a signal. That would poke some holes in his hole poking because maybe we did send robots and probes to the original destination, but ended up at some other locale instead that’s waiting to kill us.
And yes, The Rock can lift fridges and mostly anything else with ease. Have you seen Fate Of The Furious? All of that is real and is likely Vin Diesel’s nightmare. If a guy is punching storage containers and kicking torpedos, he’s clearly trying to upstage you. He’s also someone you don’t want to mess around with unless you’re Vin Diesel.
(Via The Late Show)