BSD #5: ‘The Man From Earth’

My rating for The Man from Earth: 3.5 unused nails out of 4
A sloppy ending costs it the final half nail.

Episode 5 of the Blast Shields Down podcast is up, and this is the first episode we’ve put out that I hosted.

We reviewed Jerome Bixby’s The Man from Earth, and let me just get this out of the way: as movies go, this one’s a bottle episode. It takes place almost entirely in a living room where a bunch of college professors heavily discuss science, religion, and whether a guy could live for 4,000 years. It’s fitting, though, because Bixby based the screenplay on an episode he wrote for Star Trek, “Requiem for Methuselah.”

WARNING: Blast Shields Down film reviews are practically silly with suspense-ruining spoilers, naughty language, and infuriating opinions. This particular episode is also stricken with a scorching case of the blasphemies. Use the discretion your mom should’ve given you.

Highlights:

Me: Come on. He’s Jesus, not Wolverine.

Duncan: “I’m Jesus, and I’m the best at what I do.”
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Hubie: Wait. Jesus and Jules both walked the earth.

DaJuan: “I know how to distill wine.”
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Me: Son of the Man from Earth.

Duncan: Three Men from Earth and a Baby?
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DaJuan: Keep eatin’ that earth.

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