(1 hour ago)Anonymous Kritter Wrote: The Jupiter sequence in the movie "2010" starts small like the 2009 Wesley mark did on real Jupiter. If what was really happening in 2009 was that Jupiter's center was being expelled, the Wesley mark is what we would expect. Since Jupiter's SOLID center was though to be small to non-existent, there was not much to expel, however, Saturn's solid center is thought to be up to 20% of the diameter -- that could produce a very long and drawn out expulsion, similar to the movie sequence but taking much longer, like several months. After a couple months of expulsion, we would start to see the top realms of Saturn collapse into where the expulsion was most prevalent. This could result in a continuing cascade such as the movie shows. This is the theory.
An interesting side note to this -- A.C. Clarke imagined Saturn as the original planet of interest and most likely for this operation. It was written into the 2001 novel, but not the movie:
"Although the novel and film were developed simultaneously, the novel follows early drafts of the film, from which the final version of the film deviated. These changes were often for practical reasons relating to what could be filmed economically, and a few were due to differences of opinion between Kubrick and Clarke. The most notable differences are a change in the destination planet from Saturn to Jupiter, and the nature of the sequence of events leading to HAL's demise...."
With Kubrick's talent, it is a bit of a stretch to think he was afraid of using Saturn because of ring thing (making them look real). As it is, Jupiter has more dynamic colors, adding difficultly there also.
Is it possible that making it Saturn would bring up questions about the Saturn cults tied with ancient religions, and even Judaism and Islam?
A glaring difference of the novel 2010 and the movie 2010 is that the movie does not mention that A.C. Clarke dubbed the new star "Lucifer" in the novel. Now consider that he wanted to call Saturn "Lucifer", if he had gotten his way (if he was allowed to write the novel 2010 with Saturn as the mark). That gets a bit too close to home as Saturn is often tied to Satan. Weird stuff.