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side sim: The lunch date

Posted Dec. 1, 2021, 11:48 a.m. by Commander Roman Alden (First Officer & Chief Science Officer) (Nicole Cline)

Posted by Ensign Rand Farquharson (Yeoman First Class) in side sim: The lunch date

Posted by Commander Roman Alden (First Officer & Chief Science Officer) in side sim: The lunch date

Posted by Ensign Rand Farquharson (Yeoman First Class) in side sim: The lunch date
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Rand was vaguely familiar with the title, but had never seen the movie, nor had she read the book. She leaned back against him when he sat down and the movie started.

After the first half hour it was clear that Rand was really into the movie and intrigued by the puzzles. She sat up a little, but still against him, leaning forward slightly in interest.

At the end when Sophie’s true identity was revealed she uttered shocked but pleased, “No!”

Rand

Roman could tell Rand was interested. He was leaned back slightly, enjoying the movie but he had seen it previously so he knew how it ended. When she vocalised her surprise at the end of the movie, Roman grinned. “I’m guessing you liked it, then?” He asked after the credits started.

~ Roman

Rand turned to look at him, for the first time in the last hour, so engrossed in the story she’d been, and nodded. “It was wonderful. It wasn’t all car chases and guns. But plenty of movement to the story line and in depth believable characters. It really made you think and the plot was engaging rather than pedantic. The credits said it was based on a book. I wonder if the ship’s computer has it on file.” She squeezed his hand, “I’m glad you picked it.”

Rand

Roman made a pfffft sound. “Action movies that are just explosions and gun chases aren’t worth the time. Action movies that actually have plot to them, on the other hand…” He nodded then and said, “The book is in the ship’s computer, I’ve read it from the computer’s archives before.” He smiled and looked down at her as she squeezed his hand, “I’m glad you liked it, it’s one of my favourites.”

~ Roman

“The late 20th/early 21st centuries seemed to be obsessed with them. Oh and ‘super heroes’.” She turned slightly, still with his arm around her and holding his hand, but she was facing him, making it easier to talk without creating a crick in her neck. “I can see why it’s one of your favorites though. I’m not sure what I’m more impressed by: the actor’s portrayal of Robert Langdon or the mind of the author who created such a complex and intriguing story. I can’t wait to read the book.”

Rand

Roman shook his head. “I never did understand the fascination with superheroes.” He adjusted his arm slightly as she turned, but it remained around her. “It’s an intriguing story. Personally, I prefer the book, but the movie did an excellent job as well.” He commented.

~ Roman

“There are too many real people who do amazing things. I think maybe…the world was so dangerous then, you know. On the brink of destruction. Maybe they needed to believe someone would save them because they were too scared to try.” She nodded thoughtfully. “I can’t say I prefer reading to movies and plays, but it is very rare when a performance does justice to the literary work. It takes talent to convert a novel to a well written and comprehensive screen play that stays true to the story. Often the screen writers think they can do the story better and so they change it.” Rand leaned her head against him. His arm around her was warm and she liked how relaxed she felt with him. She was enjoying having a very relaxed and lazy day; more she was enjoying spending it with him. They had been there almost 5 hours watching the two movies, but she didn’t know if maybe they should get up and stretch their legs a bit, or even consider dinner at some point. But for the moment she simply enjoyed the stillness and his presence.

Rand

Roman nodded in agreement. “I think that was it for some people, but I also think some people just liked movies where the good guy always beats up the bad guy and wins.” He thought about what she said and responded, “A book relies heavily on description and internal dialogue of characters to make up the story. In a movie, trying to directly transpose those methods wouldn’t work, the viewer would be lost. Conflict between both movie staff and the book author and the screenwriters also cause change and inconsistency in movie plots. This is why I prefer books. One person writes them, one person controls everything about the story.” Roman hadn’t realized exactly how much time had past. To him, it was still fourteen hundred, mid afternoon, and he couldn’t really be bothered to know, he’d rather let the day last as long as possible. Sitting there with her leaned against him was by far the best way he could’ve spent a day off.

~ Roman


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