GOOD NIGHT OPPY had me question my career and consider returning to school just so I could potentially work at JPL. I’ve always considered myself interested in space, but this documentary, which tells the 15-year tale of the Spirit and Opportunity Martian rovers, revitalized my passion.

Two things about GOOD NIGHT OPPY especially stood out to me, both of which bridge science fiction and rocket science. One is the anthropization of adorable robots, R2-D2, WALL-E, TARS, and the realization that this extends to the real world. Your heart can’t help but swell watching how confidently Spirit and Oppy handle their Sisyphean tasks. The second is how big of an emotional role music played in the rover’s story. The way this documentary is soundtracked is excellent; there are some songs in GOOD NIGHT OPPY that I’ll now associate with the rovers’ journeys.

The scientists and engineers highlighted in this documentary were selected perfectly; there’s a range of perspectives, experiences, passions, personalities, and of course, due to the length of the program, age ranges. There was a surprising amount of CGI in this movie, though; of course, no one was there to record the rovers, but something about it felt a little too artificial. The documentary felt educational but had a cohesive and compelling story that kept me engaged.

If outer space, the bounds of human exploration, passionate scientists, or cute robots sound interesting, GOOD NIGHT OPPY is for you.

GOOD NIGHT OPPY is available to stream on Prime Video.

Tarush Mohanti

Tarush Mohant is a playlist curator and music explorer, the creator of illussongs (illustrations of songs), and has a fitness plan motivated by action movies (running, climbing, swimming, hiking). Tarush is also a Product Manager at HBO Max.

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