Review: Arrival

One of my favorite Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes is called “Darmok” and it is, in my humble opinion, one of the best hours of science fiction ever created. Forced to work together to overcome a mutual threat, Captain Picard and an alien Captain must learn to communicate without technology or any help from the outside world. There are very few special effects and just two actors for the majority of the episode but the simple, clever story carries the weight.

The new film “Arrival” could be a distant cousin of, and in some ways perhaps inspired by the tale of Darmok and Jalad.

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