RECAP: Visions In Sound – The Black Hole on 98.5 CKWR
To those of you who tuned in: thank you! Sorry to Holen MaGroin for not reading your email on the air. I couldn’t quite figure out how to work “I wish I could ask about The Black Hole, but I’ve never seen it, Disney sucks ass, Fuck ’em,” into the discussion.
Thanks Rob Daniels for having me, and to Jason Drury for awesome insight and comedy relief. (Ernest Borg-ninny.)
I was doing research all week, including watching lectures from Neil DeGrasse Tyson and other scientists about black holes. Neil DeGrasse Tyson is a harsh critic of the film, incidentally. I was glad to have worked this into the discussion. Due to the sheer amount of research I did, I was overprepared and hyped to go.
I always take a nap before the show, which used to air at 12:30 am. Well, I hadn’t been on Visions In Sound for a while. I woke up at 11:50 to have my coffee and a bite to eat. Then my phone rang. It was Rob and they were about to go live! Turns out the show was back to the 12:00 am slot. Whoops! I hopped in the car and drove down to CKWR which happens to be only 10 minutes away anyway. I made it in just in time for my introduction, and that’s including having to stop for a R.I.D.E. check on my way! Thank you to the local boys in blue, always doing a fantastic job keeping us safe on the road.
Among the myriad subjects discussed, one of the most interesting to me included Rob’s topic, the blaster beam. I’d never even heard of it before, but I have absolutely heard it before. It’s an integral part of the soundtrack to Star Trek: The Motion Picture, which I am intimately familiar with. I thought that what I was hearing was a guitar. Turns out it’s a bizarre 15-foot long beam of stainless steel with strings and pickups. You can hear it readily in The Black Hole (music by John Barry), and now I know what it really is.
We also talked a bit about the toyline (available by mailing in UPC codes found on cereal boxes). We couldn’t ignore the elephant in the room, which is the bizarre ending to a so-called “children’s film”. In this visually stunning abstract sequence, the villain Dr. Reinhart (Maximilian Schell) embraces and merges with his robot minion called Maximilian (no relation). Reinhart finds himself trapped in Maximilian’s shell (pun intended) ruling over a hellish landscape. Wild-eyed and helpless, Reinhart is punished for the evil he inflicted. Meanwhile our surviving heroes, including robot V.I.N.CENT. (Roddy McDowell) experience a wild ride including visions of a heavenly cathedral and a floating angel. They then emerge in a brand new universe, to triumphant swells of Barry’s score. This raises numerous questions about the film’s message on heaven, hell, morality, mortality, the soul, artificial intelligence, and more.
Thanks again to Rob for having me. I am currently planning to be there for his 1000th episode a few weeks from now, and his Rise of Skywalker special the following week.
This episode can now be streamed at Visions in Sound, just click the link right here.