That’s in the spirit of the original idea for the film, anyway, and, indeed, in the spirit of the original story. See the toy guys in the women’s hands? Those are in the original novella: the women have to hack children’s toys to produce weapons that effectively fight off an alien invasion. (… carried out by brainjacked ansible-using aliens from across the galaxy…)
We took a different angle, of course: our film was supposed to be a subjective presentation of the experience of the interrogation that comes after the main action of the story–the weeks later, when cleanup is mostly done, and the Galactic Federation is trying to figure out what in the bloody hell happened on Earth. Since the Federation’s representatives are many light years away (and FTL travel doesn’t exist in this universe), that means interview via brainjacked ansible uplink.
I knew that when we started shooting. I just didn’t understand the implications till we turned up short on some footage. That shortage led to a revelation. Continue reading