The upcoming James Cameron flick Avatar features a Space Marine named Jake Sully(played by Sam Worthington), who ends up controlling an alien body in order to help bilk the local aliens of planet Pandora–the Na’vi–out of some kind of mystical floating metal. Apparently, said metal causes parts of the local geography to float as well…causing effects that are straight off of a Yes album cover, you know, the ones done by Roger Dean. Who is, of course, famous for doing Yes album covers. (Sorry, Starblazers fans, I know when you see “Space Marines” next to “Avatar” it gets your pulse racin’….) James “Terminator 2″ Cameron directs, but James “Titanic” Horner does the music, so it’s a wash. “Near, far, wherever you are, I believe that topographic oceans must go on….”
I’d say spoilers beware, but if you watch the latest trailer it basically tells you the whole plot anyway. Sully falls for an alien girl (Neytiri, played by Zoe Saldana) and after a period of painful moralizing, sides with the aliens. Now, don’t get me wrong, some of the mechs the Space Marines use look really good, and the blue-skinned, frog-eyed Gungan wannabe Na’vi are kinda neat. Me-sah likey da Na’vi. I also liked The Navvie from the old Sega Genesis game The Chaos Engine, he was a big tough guy with a lot of hit points. But I digress. Nobody could ever figure out why he was called a Navvie(gator?) officially anyway. Plus, the Cameron movie has Sigourney Weaver in it. Big credibility points for that. But when all is said and done, in a stupid future with floating space islands, Roger Dean will come and take back what’s his. Because he’s famous, you know. For doing all those Yes album covers. That’s what he’s famous for. Yeah. Err, Yes.