See What Earth Looks Like Through an Alien's Eyes

Thursday, 09 November 2017 - 12:04PM
Thursday, 09 November 2017 - 12:04PM
See What Earth Looks Like Through an Alien's Eyes
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What do aliens think of Earth? We finally have our answer. 

Filmmaker Adam Westbrook posted the fifth and final installment of his "Parallax" web series on November 8, bringing his sly, dry and cheeky offworld expose of Planet 806.4616.0110—or as English-speaking individuals call it, Earth.

The five-part series is all on YouTube and free to watch, and if you'd enjoy a slick skewering of human foibles committed by the completely unpolitical point-of-view of an unidentified extraterrestrial civilization that sees Earth from a nonhuman, outsider vantage… this is the way to go.

Part 1, Parallax.1, is an introduction to Earth through the eyes of the alien observers, who share their discoveries about our planet in a documentary that would be right at home on the BBC, including narration by a being from another planet who—like Grand Moff Tarkin, General Zod and Sinestro--has a British accent. 

The narrator and video bring viewers in closer, where it introduces Earth, pointing out that this series will first determine the, ahem, top species:

Parallax.2 opens with an overall study of Earth and the life here, including the facts that "life is not abundant," with a biomass of only 0.0000002 percent.

Noting that carbon only makes up .19 percent of Earth's elemental composition, yet is the basic element of life, Parallax also wonders why a world would evolve with a dependence on water, striking due to its "corrosive and addictive nature."

You can begin to speculate from what sort of world the narrator hails as she discusses native autotrophs (organisms that produce their own sustenance using light, water and chemicals) and finds it odd that beings such as trees are sedentary.

She continues to point out that heterotrophs (creatures that need to acquire and ingest food), and how one bilateral quadruped dominates our electronic transmissions above all others, even though the species does not seem to possess the "sentience quotient" to create this form of communication:

Parallax.3 is a tighter study, linking the nature of symbiosis between plant and animal respiration to the species that the Parallax crew has determined to be the alpha on Earth: corporations.

Ever feel like an ant when heading to work? Parallax.4 not only draws parallels, but tries to explain why it would see a worker ant and a person who heads to a cubicle daily share behavior—as well as why a corporation is a higher-functioning lifeform (and a brief introduction to someone Parallax believes is a "senior contact" between the corporations and their endosymbionts").

The final and latest installment is a closing recap of what the Parallax study believes the future holds for Earth, even seeing how brilliantly the corporations have learned to master planetary resources to provide extra warmth for all its inhabitants over the next century:

Creator Westbrook is funding his professionally cut,pseudo-alien interpretation of life on Earth by way of the Patreon membership platform. His page provides a method of connecting and communicating with those who which to help support his work.
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