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The end

A group of astronauts discover why the world ended, but can't restart it
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A frustrating end to the world.

A group of multi-national astronauts watch as the earth's atomsphere changes color then after two days an opening in the brown clouds reveals an unrecognizeable red hot lava covered earth, with no water. Radio contact has been lost.

Hovering over different parts of earth according to their calculations they slowly discover traces of the past shape of the continents, and finally realize it was caused by an unmanned scientific deep-earth dig at the Mariana trench, which a week before had reached 22 km, and was being discussed on the internet.

They try to understand what exactly went wrong, while they realize that they must find a solution for themselves. Using instrumentation they discover that the temperature on earth is now about 180C and in some places exceeds 300C. They circle above all parts of earth observing it closely, and discover some areas which appear to be only affected by the heat and earthquakes but not covered with lava. But the heat is a problem they cannot solve.

The 1.5 hour movie ends with the astronauts looking at the camera and saying: OK! What should we do to survive? Send your answers to answers@theend.com

pashute, Jul 01 2017

Odyssey 5 http://www.imdb.com...18236/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Similar "end of the world" TV series [neutrinos_shadow, Jul 02 2017]


       Bad science. [-]   

       Also, what's supposed to happen after everyone sends in their answers?
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 01 2017

       One and a half hours...... is this the replacement torture for water boarding?
xenzag, Jul 01 2017

       That depends on whether the cast includes Leonardo DiCaprio, in which case the answer is "yes" ... even if the movie were only ninety seconds long.
8th of 7, Jul 01 2017

       Hey [MB]! What's BS about mistakenly releasing water into a deep dry cavern which then explodes from the steam causing cracks along the ocean floor which repeat the action and finally evolve into a major volcanic eruption, a total change of the earth's crust and enough heat released to dry up the oceans?   

       Also, what's supposed to happen is that four years after the movie is made, a group of astronauts find themselves in the same position, but this time in reality. Luckily for them some of the proposed solutions (not including LimpNotes) are doable and mankind persists along with a new type of cocroach.
pashute, Jul 01 2017

       //What's BS about mistakenly releasing water into a deep dry cavern...// well, the fact that there aren't any dry caverns that deep would be a start. Also, the pressure at the bottom of the Marianas trench is something like 1000 atmospheres. The boiling point of water at that pressure is going to be higher than "red hot lava".   

       The closest to an apocalyptic event of the type you want would be a good, old-fashioned asteroid impact. Or, if you want to go right out to the end of the probability curve, an impact from a an orphan planet or moon.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 02 2017

       If a cavern were large enough (like thousands of square miles), and stable enough to exist for millenia, then steam pressure wouldn't bother it much : at worst you might break the crust (which would fall down through the water on top of the lava and form a new crust.
FlyingToaster, Jul 02 2017

       One thing I never understand about science fiction movies. They almost never spend more than $29.99 on getting the science right. I mean, "science" is half of the name of the genre, and they spend millions on CGI, but for the most part it's like they just don't give a flying fuck when it comes to the science. And it's not as if it's not possible to do a good movie with vaguely plausible science. Alien didn't offend science too much; 2001 was sufficiently far out that plausibility wasn't an issue; even Gravity made a decent stab at it. OK, rant over.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 02 2017

       I'll wait for the porno version to come out.
doctorremulac3, Jul 02 2017

       What [MB] said.
8th of 7, Jul 02 2017

       It sounds like a great plot, except for the part where it doesn't have a plot.
Voice, Jul 02 2017

       // it doesn't have a plot //   

       Just have a a bunch of partially or totally undressed female performers in the cast. 52%* of the audience won't care about anything else other than the gratuitous female nudity.   

       *On the basis that 45% of the male audience like gratuitous female nudity, and 7% of the female audience are gay and are therefore equally, if not more, enthusiastic.
8th of 7, Jul 02 2017

       You're forgetting the Welsh market. Throw in a few shaved sheep.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 02 2017

       The water enters a cavern, is heated to steam which creates pressure which explodes leading to mega earthquakes all around and the escape of large amounts of lava to earth's service from cracks (even without a volcanic eruption).   

       The cracks under the oceans are sufficient to cause the evaporation of all water on earth, and following that the further heating up of the surface.   

       Is there not enough energy inside the hot earth to re heat the crust via the release of lava?   

       The plot is of course the horrific end of the world because of a scientific mistake. Everybody likes to watch how we humans fail. Take a look how many likes the top 10 man made disaster videos get.
pashute, Jul 10 2017

       thanks for the link [neutrinos shadow] +(barcode race)
pashute, Jul 10 2017

       //The water enters a cavern, is heated to steam which creates pressure which explodes leading to mega earthquakes all around and the escape of large amounts of lava to earth's service from cracks (even without a volcanic eruption). //   

       Except I don't think it does; at least not on a planetary scale. While volume increases cubically, surface area increases squareically. The bigger the cavern, the less the water will be heated.
FlyingToaster, Jul 10 2017

       Also, as I think was mentioned above, there are not (and cannot be) any empty caverns at that depth and pressure. So, the basic premiss here is flawed, and this would be another Hollywood blockbluster.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 10 2017


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