A one-star review: The Daily News rates the lackluster solar eclipse
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, August 21, 2017, 4:17 PM
We had high expectations for the solar eclipse of 2017. Marketing materials for the highly anticipated phenomenon promised a spectacular sight: the very popular, life-sustaining sun we all know and love, being blocked for a few minutes by the plain, humble moon.
Turned out, the summer’s biggest blockbuster was a major disappointment, one that will hopefully not recur for many years.
The eclipse was predictable. Exactly when expected, the Moon moved in front of the sun, then kept moving, until it slid away away from it. Surely the plot could have included a twist or turn, a single authentic, unscripted surprise.
It was inaccessible. Though all were technically allowed to view the happening, only the favored few, who had purchased special glasses, were permitted to look. Producers should consider creating a more viewer-friendly eclipse next time.
And even many of those who had purchased special glasses had their views blocked by clouds; those viewers are owed a refund. Should they be denied a refund, a class-action lawsuit would be in order.
It was underwhelming. Here in New York, on the single biggest stage, the moon barely showed up. It was only as dark as an overcast day. For this, we were told to use headlights when driving?
Though the overall event was a dud, the two leading players deserve recognition. The moon and sun — known for their powerful magnetic and gravitational pulls — gave convincing performances that bode well for their futures. Someday, one of them might even be a big star.