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With Prometheus now in theaters, we get to meet another crew of astronauts attempting to make first contact with the beyond. Judging from the trailer, it doesn’t work out so well for them (with faces melting and other manner of alien attack). Of course, this is nothing new, as most movies about man meeting alien usually end up bloody or with someone or something getting probed. I’m kind of at the point where I’d be worried if first contact did go well. We’re like oil and water with these alien lifeforms.

Attack the Block

If you’re an alien species looking to get your freak on in an interstellar mating ritual, you can pick a better place to bump uglies than a South London council estate. For one, the residents there might have a strong violent reaction to the sight of an outer space beast. Secondly, have you ever heard of a little something called romance?

Independence Day

Independence Day is probably the worst case of alien first contact going awry. The story begins with alien spacecrafts positioning themselves over key locations across the globe. Places like the Empire State Building, the U.S. Bank Tower, the White House. Before long, the alien visitors are wiping these places off the map with powerful lasers. They even destroyed the Capitol Records building (perhaps as a means of retaliation against Duran Duran). Luckily for Earth, President Bill Pullman escaped the onslaught and teamed up with a ragtag group of survivors to overthrow our attackers. Day saved but definitely a bad first impression.


Not a disaster in the sense that a bunch of people died horribly, more of a disaster in that it left the audience dissatisfied. When it was announced that the man who brought us the Back to the Future series, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?; and Forrest Gump was tackling a film about contact with aliens, everyone was pretty excited. Amplifying that excitement was the production’s refusal to reveal advance images of the alien. But in the end it turned out to just look like David Morse, who we were pretty used to seeing at that point. Minds not blown.

Fire in the Sky

Humanity itself wasn’t threatened in this science fiction horror film based on true events, but abducting a man and probing him isn’t exactly a meet-cute. On average, it’s incredibly rare that people are unable to keep down mild foods after meeting one another for the first time. Yes, it sometimes does happen but so, so rare.

The Day the Earth Stood Still

The Day the Earth Stood Still is a perfect example of the blame falling on us. The plot begins when an alien ambassador lands in Washington on a goodwill mission. When he produces a device, he is shot by a nervous soldier. This causes his robot sentry Gort to unleash a weapon of his own that disintegrates all in it’s path. Seriously. Our bad. We don’t even really know that soldier very well.

Flight of the Navigator

Considering it’s PG-rated, Flight of the Navigator doesn’t feature cities burning or organs being harvested. However, that’s not to say it’s a smooth example of alien first contact. For starters, the main character is a twelve-year old boy abducted from his home in 1978 and transplanted to 1986. Generally it’s a bad idea to kidnap an Earth child when trying to ingratiate oneself to our planet. That’s just a rule of thumb that aliens might want to consider following.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Again with the kid-snatching! Not cool.

Mars Attacks!

Criminally ignored by movie-goers, Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks! is a masterpiece. When Martians send a message to the citizens of Earth that they are planning to visit our planet, and idealistic flock gathers to meet them. Only to be massacred by their superior weaponry. The Martian Ambassador then apologizes for the incident, citing that it was just a case of culture clash. The Martians are then re-invited to make first contact, this time with Congress. Who they also massacre with their superior weaponry. Turns out the Martians had no hope for peace or motive to their attacks. They’re just dicks.

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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT: TUESDAY, AUGUST 18th Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Mr. Janus, Mr. T, and Mr. Kotter. Tonight's TV preview is very polite when applying monikers.CHECK OUT WHAT TO WATCH AFTER THE JUMPNOTE: ALL TIMES EASTERN AND PACIFIC!!!

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Mr. Janus, Mr. T, and Mr. Kotter. Tonight’s TV preview is very polite when applying monikers.



Time: 8 – 9PM

Reasons to watch: Once upon a time I met Mr. T and asked, "Hey Mr. T., how are you?" His natural response was: "I’m like Tony the Tiger! I’m GREEEEAAAATTTTTT!!!! All you other TV shows, you’d better eat your grubs and you’d better eat your protein cuz T is back on TV where he belongs!!! AYE-YAYE-YAYE-YAYE-YAYE!!!!"

No lie. Find out what makes this guy tick tonight at 8pm.

Time: 8- 9PM

Reasons to watch: The winners of tonight’s contest receive volleyball tips from 2000 Olympian Annett Davis. Volleyball tips. Really? Is that a thing of value outside of homo-erotic ’80′s movies? "Excuse me, Waiter. The meal was excellent. Do you accept ‘volleyball tips’ as payment? NO?! What planet are you from?"


Time: 9 – 10PM

Reasons to watch: Finally find out what really happened behind the scenes of Roseanne, Welcome Back Kotter, and The Facts Of Life. I bet that something went down with that Tootie. She always seemed like a shifty one.

Time: 9 – 10PM

Reasons to watch: To prove that he is the most dominant force in athletics, Shaquille O’Neal challenges a variety of players across the wide world of sports. In the series opener, Shaq takes on Steeler’s QB Ben Roethlisberger in a test of football skills. Can Roethlisberger survive a motorcycle accident AND a Shaq Attack?! We shall see…

Time: 10 – 11PM

Reasons to watch: Juju Chang interviews those who have had contact with extraterrestrials as well as skeptics. If I were to ever make first contact with an alien species I, like most Americans, would kick it between the legs. You know, just to say I did it.


Diane Kruger; Donald Trump; Billy Currington

CONAN (repeat)
Bruno; Stephen Moyer; Cirque de Soleil; Zumanity

KIMMEL (repeat)
Ashton Kutcher

Kevin Bacon; Michael Irving

FALLON (repeat)
John Krasinski; Stephen Moyer

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