Aliens exploring life on the Third Rock From the Sun
Third Rock from the Sun explored how our world would appear to a complete outsider. Aliens perhaps. How the many things we take for granted in our daily lives would appear to innocent observers, unsullied by familiarity with our ways and customs.
It allowed us to take a deeper look at ourselves and notice just how unique and quirky our world and its inhabitants really are. How some of our age-old existential problems might seem self-inflicted and self-retained to someone who has not been part of our collective evolution.
The part I loved most about Third Rock was how the loveable aliens changed from a military structure to a family structure and began to identify with their assumed roles. The best defense against any crisis is a strong and united family structure. The family remains our finest collective achievement.
“Family meeting! Family meeting!”
— Dick Solomon
“Bernard, I have served eleven governments in the past thirty years.
If I had believed in all their policies, I would have been passionately committed to keeping out of the Common Market, and passionately committed to going into it…
… A nationalisation freak and a privatisation maniac; but above all, I would have been a stark-staring, raving schizophrenic.”
— Sir Humphrey Appleby
“Education in this country is a disaster. We’re supposed to be preparing children for a working life. Three quarters of the time they’re bored stiff!”
”Well I should have thought that being bored stiff for three quarters of the time was an excellent preparation for working life.”
— Jim Hacker & Sir Humphrey