The Gravity of the Situation: Orbits
“Mr. Sulu, assume standard orbit.” How often have we heard Captain Kirk utter those words? The sheer number of scenes to entire screenplays set on either a space station or a spaceship means that a surprising amount of sci-fi drama occurs while the heroes are simply going around and around and around. Recent examples include The 100 (2014–), Elysium (2013), and Gravity (2013).