So Roy Scheider died. Some may think of him first from his work in Jaws, or, what was that TV show, Seaquest? But I will always remember him for his work in the sci-fi sequel 2010. I saw it when I was in 5th grade, with my mom and my friend Beth. I always enjoyed space stuff in school, and this movie really fascinated me. I then rented 2001, but let’s face it, that’s no movie for a middle-schooler. I have a hard time figuring out if 2010 is really a terrible movie or not – I’ve re-watched it recent years and still loved it. And it has a great cast: the late Roy Scheider of course, John Lithgow, Bob Balaban, and Helen Mirren to name a few. And that one guy who plays a Russian in any movie calling for a Russian.
The full name of 2010 was 2010: The Year We Make Contact. And of course 2001 was 2001: A Space Odyssey. When I was in 6th grade I wrote a highly under-appreciated parody called 2020: The Year We See Better. And yes, there was a part for Roy Scheider in it.