Alright, regarding Dan’s staggering cultural myopia. I’ve let it stew for more than 24 hours, but no more.
If an alien species communicated with us, querying what it is to be human, asking for a piece of art that defines our species, Tony Scott’s 1986 opus Top Gun is the answer. We would send it hurtling, digitized, through the stars, to trumpet our readiness for the uplift, our fitness for galactic apotheosis.
That it has been unseen by a member, a MODERATOR EVEN, of this board, is shameful. I have never been more embarrassed to be a colonial, to know that in the distant past, our peoples were one. Your blithe ignorance of Top Gun is retroactively the reason the United States should have only declared war on Japan in 1941, continuing Lend-Lease for all time.
Not seeing Top Gun is akin to never watching the sun rise. I am aghast.