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Backlash

This brings to mind the most famous jump-cut in cinema history. A warrior ape-man in prehistoric times tosses a bone, his weapon, into the air. We cut from this bone in the distant past to the future, to an orbiting satellite armed with nuclear missiles.

A weapon rotating in the air. The same, but different.

A sea-green beast of unfathomable size, rising out of the ocean. The same, but different.

Here, like the cut in 2001: A Space Odyssey, Noper takes us from a violent past to a peaceful future. These beasts aren't destroying us. They're supporting us. Noper's army, victorious, has built a new civilization. Windmills for clean energy, parks, trees. Forget Reagan's shining city upon a hill -- I'll take Noper's shining city upon a beast.


Play by play commentary for this match is provided, as it happens, by John Gruber.

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