super small detail (important?)
I just noticed this after the umpteenth time watching. mission control asks kevin bacon's character to stir the oxygen tanks. this of course will be the fatal directive. but just as he asks him to stir the tanks, sitting right behind him is clint howard. the camera pans in on clint as he suddenly leans forward and has a look of concern on his face.
the tanks are then stirred
the explosion then happens.
my question was this supposed to imply that clint suddenly noticed something was wrong in the nano second before the tanks were stirred? ultimately my question is was there any way, looking in hindsight, that mission control should have foresaw this problem in the moments leading up to that directive? i always thought that even though the defect was in the production of some part years prior, there was no way for anyone to really know. now this small reaction by clint makes me wonder if someone should have caught this prior to the directive.
i'm more looking for the true story response