Dystopian Futures — Elysium & The Cloud Minders



Dystopian Futures — Elysium & The Cloud Minders

The 2013 film Elysium presents us with a dystopian future, a future wherein the elites live in space station “paradise” (Elysium) orbiting the earth while the rest of us eke out a living upon (what’s left of) earth. Watching the film reminded me of a 1968 episode of Star Trek entitled: The Cloud Minders, wherein the elites of a certain planet live in a city built in the clouds (Stratos) while everyone else works in the mines on the planet below…




“In the year 2154, the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth. A man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.”

Elysium (2013) – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1535108/

Elysium (Full Movie) – http://viooz.co/movies/21019-elysium-2013.html

Elysium – Official Trailer – http://youtu.be/oIBtePb-dGY




The Cloud Minders

“Kirk and Spock are caught up in a revolution on a planet where intellectuals and artists live on a utopian city in the sky while the rest of the population toils in mines on the barren surface below.”

Star Trek: The Cloud Minders (1968) – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0708456/

Star Trek: The Cloud Minders (Full Show) – http://www.hulu.com/watch/283867

Star Trek: The Cloud Minders – Trailer – http://youtu.be/o-3fC8botAg


“Elysium, also called Elysian Fields or Elysian Plain, in Greek mythology, originally the paradise to which heroes on whom the gods conferred immortality were sent. It probably was retained from Minoan religion. In Homer’s writings the Elysian Plain was a land of perfect happiness at the end of the earth, on the banks of the Oceanus River. A similar description was given by Hesiod of the Isles of the Blessed. In the earlier authors, only those specially favoured by the gods entered Elysium and were made immortal. By the time of Hesiod, however, Elysium was a place for the blessed dead, and, from Pindar on, entrance was gained by a righteous life. Later writers made it a particular part of Hades, as in Virgil, Aeneid, Book VI.”

Source: Encyclopædia Britannica (Elysium) – http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/185418/Elysium


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