Good Night Oppy takes viewers on a trip to Mars

Tue. December 20, 2022 12:00 AM
by Jerry Nunn

Good Night Oppy takes viewers on a trip out of this world to Mars through two scouts named Spirit and Opportunity. These NASA exploration rovers were sent on a three-month mission that lasted 15 years. 

Debuting on November 23, 2002, Amazon Prime's documentary follows the story of two drones sent to another planet to send information back to Earth. Their hope is to find water while trekking around the planet during this important endeavor. 

The soundtrack is full of upbeat tunes with many of the tunes curated to wake up the crew in the morning such as "Here Comes the Sun" from The Beatles and Katrina & The Waves "Walking on Sunshine."

"Roam" by The B-52s was appropriate while ABBA's "S.O.S." was worrisome and Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild" had the most impact. 

Music accompanied the challenges that came along with this mission like dust devils and sand traps. 

Angela Basset has had a resurgence in her career in 2022 with the narration of this project as well as her powerful portrayal of Ramonda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. She adds to the humanity of the piece while television watchers observe how humanlike these robots become with their characteristics. 

From their humanoid height to their camera eyes, Spirit and Opportunity have things in common with their creators. Oppy refers to a nickname given to Opportunity that personalizes the vehicle. 

This mission to Mars takes years to explore and navigate what at-home viewers witness within an hour and 45 minutes. 

Prepare to be inspired by this sometimes unbelievable tale of space exploration. This documentary earned a well-deserved Critics Choice Seal of Approval. 

Take a trip into space with Good Night Oppy at today!