Even in 2019, Netflix’s In the Shadow of the Moon seemed prescient.

In the opening scene, a title card tells us our story starts in Philadelphia, our nation’s birthplace, in 2024. We see an empty office, bland and unremarkable. The camera pans and we notice there’s a breeze in the room. Odd. Highrise offices generally don’t have windows that open.

Then we see the windows have all been broken. The camera pulls us, almost against our will, closer to the blown-out windows so we can see the devastation below. A hole in the pavement, in the buildings. Smoke. Sirens. …

Kristin McTiernan

Civil servant. Author. Editor. Nerd. https://www.kristinmctiernan.com

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