Why the planetarium is the best place to go for a first date

Recently I have rewatched the Fantastic Four movies for reasons which I mostly don't want to share. Not so much because of my interest in the movies or the characters, though they are entertaining enough. My husband decided that he would like to join me in watching them, as he usually does when I watch a superhero movie. He is usually not much interested in comics, but he uses the movies as a way to connect with me and my hobby which doesn't require him to get into the medium itself. At the end of the first movie he told me something sweet though a bit misguided and inaccurate, that I am kind of like Sue Storm to his Reed Richards. First of all my husband is nothing like Reed Richards. He is smart and has a scientific mind, but not like Reed. Also I got the compliment, but Sue Storm is generally not shown to be as intelligent in the comics as she was in the movie.

Yay! Stars!

While I was rewatching the movie though there was something which struck me as pretty cool. At one point Sue decided that Reed needs a break and takes him to the location of their first date - a planetarium. A planetarium was not the site of my first date, but I have been to the planetarium numerous times on dates with him (I used to live a block away from the only planetarium within 1000 kilometers.) A planetarium is much better than a movie though. Movies usually involve two hours of silence and then an awkward discussion trying to figure out what it meant before parting ways. As the narrative of a planetarium show is more like a lecture it is actually ok to interrupt. Unlike in a messed up movie like Inception where the director wants you to leave with doubt in your mind, a planetarium is not like that at all. If you are not allowed to interrupt during then you are usually encouraged to go ask questions later. So in one you can leave trying to discuss "Was that top ever going to stop spinning?" and in the other you can just have your questions answered about the rings of Saturn or whatever.

Look at all those empty seats

Some people don't find astronomy to be very fascinating (though I am not sure why) but that also works out as to why it is a good idea. Usually when you go you can have some privacy from others unlike in a packed movie theater. In fact of all the planetariums that I have ever been in, I am not sure if more than 10% were more than half full. Then there is the added bonus that no one takes dates to planetariums ever and that it seems to be a spontaneous act as opposed to something generic like a movie. It kind of sets the tone for the budding relationship that "I do things which are different and I am probably a lot of fun and ready for random adventures and experiences." So I fully approve of Reed and Sue's first date. It appeared to be a nerdy default date for two scientists, but it sounds pretty amazing to me.

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Edited by Nerx

@razzatazz: Also the fact that it is darker than the cinema

Posted by RazzaTazz

@nerx: Sometimes, depends on the show I guess.

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Edited by Nerx

@razzatazz: chairs will also be leaning so you and your significant other can hug or slip easier

Edited by RazzaTazz

@nerx: It depends the one I used to live next to just had regular chairs in it.

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Posted by Nerx

@razzatazz: True, but a shared blanket under the artificial stars sounds somewhat romantic

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Posted by Nerx

@razzatazz: The calm atmosphere also sets a good mood

Posted by RazzaTazz

@nerx: I guess that is true, though kind of contradicts the x-factor aspect of spontaneity

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Posted by AweSam

First date = coffee. It's inexpensive and you have plenty of time to talk in a public, but mostly quiet place. Plane-arium should be left for the third date. The we know each other and it's time to get close date.

Then again, I befriend a girl after I've dated her. Unless she's unattractive, in which case I'm not taking her to the plane-arium.

Edited by RazzaTazz

@awesam: Coffee is ok, though a bit predictable.

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Posted by Nerx

@razzatazz: Depends on the mood and the setting, surprise them

Posted by AweSam

@razzatazz: Predictable, yes, but it makes it easy to step it up with the second date. Third date should usually be something fun, or unique.

Edited by umbrafeline

@razzatazz: At the end of the first movie' technically this is the 2nd fantastic four film because everyone keeps forgetting the original ff film. NEVER FORGET

Posted by jloneblackheart

I love the planetarium

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Edited by InnerVenom123

This thread just reminds me of the South Park episode with the brainwashing "planet _ arium" guy.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

aaaand innervenom kills it with an awesome comment.

good blog :)

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Edited by Gwahlur_Rising

Probably the most memorable first date I ever had when when the two of us went out to an authentic sushi place. Neither of us had tried sushi before, so the idea of using a first date to really try something new was pretty exciting. Things went wonderfully, right up to the moment where I, in my cultural ignorance, popped an entire chunk of wasabi in my mouth, not realizing what it was.

Posted by laflux

@nerx: @umbrafeline: @theacidskull: @innervenom123: @razzatazz:

There is a great line Russell Dunbar from Rules of Engagement gave about why he likes taking girls to the planetarium, I'll see if I can find it on the interwebs............

And as for the reasons why Razz is dwelling into the FF movies, I'm sure its because of the awesome characterization and plot-lines >:D. Speaking of which, have you watched the special features for the first film where the actors talk over the film? In the scene where Victor proposes to Sue, I was like "Jessica Alba do have constipation or something?". She revealed that she did in there, and I was like"self five".

Not really sure how this relates to the thread at hand though >.>

Posted by ThatGuyWithHeadPhones

Hmm I really can't do a planetarium or a movie(GF Blind) so we usually do things that require movement,feeling or eating anyone got anything lol.

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Edited by God_Spawn

I always liked cooking for my girls on the first date if it was cool with them. I like to show off my culinary prowess. It's cliched, but whatevs. It sets a cool precedent for the future.

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