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with a gigantic spaceship, car- rying thousands of colonists on a voyage to a new home galax- ies away from Earth, running into trouble that leads to the premature opening of its crew’s hibernation pods. Dozens of the sleeping colonists perish, along with the ship’s captain (James Franco, earning the easiest pay- check of his career), leaving sec- ond in command Christopher Oram (Billy Crudup) to assume command, much to the annoy- ance of the deceased’s widow, NJ STAGE 2017 - Vol. 4 No. 5 Daniels (Katherine Waterston). The movie sets up an initially intriguing conflict between the pair - Oram is a man of faith, while Daniels is more practical and scientific - but beyond an early argument this dynamic is never returned to. The crew learns that their ship is a full seven years away from their intended destination, and not wanting to get back into their treacherous pods, there’s much excitement when a seem- ingly habitable planet appears INDEX NEXT ARTICLE 24