Over the weekend, we re-watched the 1951 classic, “Day the Earth Stood Still” — this time with some of the SuperFriends (SF). Needless to say, this is always fun.
In the movie, Gort is a representative of the SPACE POLICE (SP). The SP in reality understand all languages… but they only technically receive orders in “light language,” which can only come from… angels. (Yes, those angels.) Light language is a kind of code that ANGELS use to communicate with the SP. It’s basically the omniverse’s original language… and only angels and SOURCE understand it. (Note: Angels are in charge of the SP. There’s only about a billion angels per universe, so they’re spread pretty thin; they use the SP, which are exceedingly advanced robots, to keep the peace. The SP are sentient and far from clunky… but they DO NOT have a sense of humor.) And as always, a joke is always funnier when you have to explain it.
Back to the movie. As it turns out, the woman (Patricia Neal, who was married to Roald Dahl) who famously says those three words, “KLAATU… BARADA…NIKTO…”, is speaking what sounded to the SF as some ET dialect (we can’t spell the name). They immediately burst out laughing. What the woman really said was…
So, when facing the SP, remember: Absurdity works. Sometimes.