“It is useful to recall that a global mean temperature increase of 4°C approaches the difference between temperatures today and those of the last ice age, when much of central Europe and the northern United States were covered with kilometers of ice and global mean temperatures were about 4.5°C to 7°C lower…And this magnitude of climate change—human induced—is occurring over a century, not millenni[um].”
-From the World Bank report on Climate Change “Turn Down the Heat”
Here’s a link to the full report. Worth a read.
In somewhat more cheerful news, I’d like to talk about two of my favorite things in this episode: the “zoom” inside right after the Narrator’s intro and the episode art. Our two Ryans (Schile and Simmons, respectively), were the architects of these elements, so I feel no compunction against praising them to the high heavens.
I’m not sure if we’ve ever hit the “scene change” quite so clearly as when we go inside the Stormhawk for the first time: when I first heard the effect, I remember very clearly experiencing an eruption of new colors: the greys and dark blues of the storm outside flashing into warm oranges and reds; and feeling a definite change in the temperature of the room I was listening in. I’m not sure if I’ve ever felt a moment in the show so strongly–and, as funny as it is to say, had a definite moment of “Right! THIS is why we’re using the audio medium.”
As for our other Ryan’s work: the piece itself is wonderful-I’m a huge fan of the composition and creativity, and for how it anchors the whole point of the scene- despite all of the hubub of the action, it helps keep the listener locked in on Neal’s mission. Simmons captured a moment that I hadn’t even considered in the episode, but managed to accentuate the feel of the season so perfectly.
I’d also like to give a shout-out to Ben Aldred’s George Takei homage. In case you were wondering, this episode was ENTIRELY too much fun to create.
See you in the tunnels,