Couple of SF Movie ID Puzzlers
I'm trying to identify a couple of movies.
The first was one I saw as a young child. The local university has a "mini-university" programme for children in the summer, and I was enrolled in it as a kid -- late '80s this would have been, or very early '90s. The university students in charge of the program didn't know what to do with a block of unscheduled time prior to parent pick-up, so they plonked us in front of a TV.
I remember people shooting beams from small crystals, about the size of a hand, that they'd hold in their palm. They were being chased, perhaps persecuted, or something -- my memory is kind of fuzzy on this point -- and were trying to hide, I think. That's as much as I can remember.
The second is a movie or show or maybe even radio programme from which a sound clip was taken by Verbrilli Sound in their song Descender. I've tried various Google searches in vain. Here's a transcription of the text from the song:
"Looks awfully red down there sir. Is Mars completely a desert in this sector?"
"No! You'll see the first signs of vegetation in a few moments. We're heading toward the equator, so... There! To the west. See those patches of green? You know, I'm curious to know, Commander Clifford, is any of that stuff edible?"
"No, Colonel -- at least not in its raw state. With the arrival of the equipment you've brought, we'll begin testing various preparations of plant life. I do hope we succeed in making it edible and soon -- the rations up here are getting pretty monotonous!"
"What about animal life, sir? I mean, is there really such a thing as a.. a martian?"
"Yeah, well, we don't actually know, lieutenant. The base has been operated for only a short time and to date no animal form has been observed. Once the excavation work is finished, the men can return to being scientists, (can't make out some words here), systematic exploration."
"How great do you think are the chances of discovering an intelligent life?"
"Life in general is quite possible to be intelligent (?), but I can't really say."
Any answers or hints greatly appreciated. :-)From SF Movie Explorers
Interesting science fiction movie puzzlers, indeed! :)
The weapon you described in the first part of your message bears some similarities to the Minbari weapon in the Babylon 5 series, first season episode 17 titled Legacies. It was released in 1994. If it's not a match, we'll search some more. :)
Sorry to say, but the dialog you sent us did not ring any bells. So, after some research we figured we'd best ask the author himself. Unfortunately, Mr. Verbrilli's response hasn't come in yet.