Event Horizon and Deepwater Horizon
In May 2010, as the British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico grew larger, I saw two Horizons: the oil rig Deepwater Horizon and the 1997 British science fiction movie Event Horizon.
Deepwater Horizon brought death and chaos when it probed the depths of the ocean. The spaceship Event Horizon returned with a dead crew from a realm of chaos after probing the depths of space.
The US Coast Guard came to the rescue in the Deepwater Horizon disaster. In Event Horizon, the crew of the rescue ship Lewis and Clark wear uniforms with modified US Coast Guard insignia. The sailing ship in the center of the mission patch is a US Coast Guard cutter.
The BP logo has an 18-point floral design similar to the Event Horizon gravity drive. When the gravity drive is activated, it creates a surface that, when breached, looks like a pool of oil.
A rescue crew member, possessed by a demonic spirit lurking on Event Horizon, tries to return the spaceship to the chaotic realm. Oil company executives, possessed by greed, continue to pursue deep-water drilling. Like the movie Event Horizon, the horror of Deepwater Horizon was scripted. There is story in history.
As I did final fact-checking on the two Horizons, I clicked on a Transocean site that provided this fleet specification:
The Deepwater Horizon is a Reading & Bates Falcon RBS8D design semi-submersible drilling unit capable of operating in harsh environments and water depths up to 8,000 ft (upgradeable to 10,000 ft) using 18¾in 15,000 psi BOP and 21in OD marine riser.
Yes, you saw it too? Falcon, icon of the sun god. Event Horizon is Deepwater Horizon is the Boat of Re. I am Captain of this Ship and I’m taking all of you through Hell.
Images BP logo, British Petroleum, fair use; Event Horizon, Paramount Pictures, fair use