Matt and Dave explore the significance of not smushing an ant! Ship ahoy as the crew of the Proteus are miniaturised in order to enter the blood stream and save the life of a dying scientist. Racing against the clock in real time, we go on a biological excursion as a kind of space exploration. Is the movie an expression of red scare paranoia? Or does it expose such fears? And what is the outcome of the Socratic dialogues between Dr Duval and Dr Michaels?
Released 15 May 2021 | 35 mins
SEASON 2 : SPRING 2021 > EPISODE 9 : FANTASTIC VOYAGE (1966)
EPISODE 9 TRAILER
DEEPER DIVES AND CONTINGENT TANGENTS?
> If you want to watch a good quality copy of ‘Fantastic Voyage’ for free head to the Internet Archive.
> For an essay on the red scare phenomenon in post-war USA, check out this History.com article ‘Red Scare: Cold War, McCarthyism & Facts’.
> For more on Plato and the Socratic dialogues, see the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
> Matt forgot that mass would also be constant in shrinking, which means they and the ship weigh the same as at full size. Pointed out by Matt’s dad. (Thanks Matt’s dad – from us both). We wonder if Asimov ‘noticed and sorted’ this in his novelisation…??? (Matt – can we get your dad on this? – from Dave).
No doubt we have made some more errors, blunders, and boo-boos we left in the edit this episode… if you spot any, let us know!