Virus (1999)
Concept featured in clip:Viruses/Characteristics of Life
Location of clip: DVD: 48:02-51:44


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Summary of clip: In this scene, the shipmates find a half-man, half-machine. The only Russian passenger alive finishes the story of how the rest of her crew died. A week ago, the ship recieved an energy burst that was relayed by one of the space satellites, and this energy source began taking control of the ship and its computers. The machine factories began following order from the ship, creating small machines and eventually creating the living half man, half machine monster. The remaining crew came to the decision that this energy burst was another from of life-based on electricity instead of celss. It can only survive with a power source from the computer, and it can only reproduce using parts from the ship or other organisms. **Note to teachers: some profanity
Connection of flickclip to the concept: This clip touches upon the eternal debate about viruses and whether or not they are considered to be alive. This electrical being is very similar to viruses. It is distinctly different from other living organisms, as it is not made of cells, and it cannot reproduce on its own.
Suggestions to teachers:
1. Suggested questions for students after viewing the clip:

a. How is this life form different from our forms of life?

b. How is this life form similar to a virus (think about its composition and lifecycle)?

c. Would you consider it to be alive? Why or why not?

2. Teachers can then opt to separate the class into two groups and have a debate about whether viruses should be considered alive, or something else.