2010: The Year We Make Contact - is always unfavorably met by critics in comparision with the Space Odyssey. In the end, I think Peter Hyams did a great job - speculating about how extraterrestrial life might look after millions of years on Europa moon of Jupiter (now a second sun). After the Leonov spaceship crew enters cryogenic sleep - we enter a mirror world and travel millions of years into an untouched future(by humans). It is an incredible piece of posthuman prophecy about the intevitability of intelligence on another non-Earth world (given time & helpful opaque surface by the Black Monolith). The incredible primeval swamp we see in the last picture, looking like some Carboniferous age postcard is a postcard from a possible future on another world, an exoplanet that has moved away from primordial muck. There is also another possible meaning - the fact it all looks similar or terrestrial, it shouldn't mean it is actually a copy of Earth natural history. It just might converge at some point (as if in the contact intelligence aspects) but it might also follow a completly unfamiliar route.