“Gravity,” the hit space adventure movie starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, is just over a week in the theaters and is already the subject of satire. The “Saturday Night Live” episode that took place on October 12, 2013, imagined the events of the movie taking place during the government shutdown.
Unlike in the movie, the two brave astronauts actually manage to contact Mission Control in Houston only to discover that the janitor and the cleaning lady are the only ones there, with all the flight controllers and technicians having been furloughed as “nonessential personnel.” Needless to say, not much help came from NASA in SNL’s reimagining of the epic motion picture.
In the meantime, “Gravity” continued to smash box office records in its second weekend, beating out the widely regarded “Captain Phillips” considered to be the best Tom Hanks movie in a number of years. Ironically Hanks is well known for playing a real life astronaut in trouble, Jim Lovell, in the Ron Howard film “Apollo 13.”