Factual error: While the Leonov has a centrifugal section to simulate gravity, the ship's bridge is not part of it (evidenced by the stationary views outside its portholes). Yet in various scenes, including the one when Floyd rushes in to discuss his plan to return to Earth sooner with Tanya, gravity seems quite evident. Floyd marches across the compartment onto the raised pilot area's floor, then steps down from it, his foot landing audibly. Tanya's open jacket also hangs down normally as she moves about. Yet when Floyd demonstrates his plan using two pens, they float in mid air. (01:26:50)
Bowman appears to Floyd (Roy Scheider) and tells him that they must leave Jupiter immediately. They do so by using the Discovery to boost the Leonov away, then the Leonov disconnects and gets to a safe distance. Jupiter explodes and turns into a sun and the Discovery and HAL are vaporized by the shock wave. The family of monoliths send a message to Earth, a message that speaks of hope and peace for humanity and a warning that all other worlds can be explored except for Europa. This message ends the war between Russia and the United States. Floyd sends a message to his son saying that there will come a time when two generations will meet: those who were born when there was one sun and those born after the birth of the new sun. The final scene is the moon Europa fully changed because the chlorophyll that started to appear earlier in the film has now grown to vegetation. Europa is now full of life and there's a monolith standing tall...
HAL-9000: Dr. Chandra, will I dream?
Dr. Chandra: I don't know.
Trivia: An interesting scene to watch is when Heywood Floyd is talking to his associate on the bench in front of the White House, there is a long shot when you can see a person feeding pigeons. It is none other than Arthur C. Clarke in a cameo appearance. (00:10:59)
Question: In the original film, the Discovery's onboard computer states: "I am a HAL 9000 Computer, Production Number 3. I became operational at the HAL plant in Urbana, Illinois, on the 12th of January, 1992." So, "HAL" was a manufacturer identification prefix (standing for Heuristically-programmed ALgorithmic Computers), "9000" was its model number, and "No.3" was its production lineage. In this sequel, however, Dr. Chandra is chatting with one of HAL's earth-based twin computers which has a feminine voice and is called "SAL"; but how can they arbitrarily change its manufacturer identification prefix? Being produced by the HAL plant in Urbana, Illinois, and being identical to the computer aboard the Discovery, the twin's name should have a different production number, but it should still be called "HAL," should it not?
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