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Watch the best scene in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Hundreds of years of space travel in a single amazing montage

Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

With a 51% on the Tomatometer, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets received almost perfectly “mixed” reviews, which undoubtedly kept a lot of folks out of the theater.

And that’s why you should absolutely watch this video. If you’ve seen the movie, you know it’s a masterful intro sequence. If you haven’t, you can get a look at one of the film’s best scenes.

The above video is the full opening of Valerian, a montage that covers the origin of the movie’s eponymous City of a Thousand Planets, set (of course) to David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” That City began its life as Earth’s International Space Station, in an alternate history of humanity in space that branches off somewhere around 1975. Watch closely as the commanders of the station age, their uniforms evolving with the station’s history, as humanity establishes a nexus of cultural exchange for all of Earth, then the entire galaxy — and then sets the station free to roam the universe.

Valerian will hit Digital HD on Nov. 7, and Blu-ray and DVD on Nov. 21.

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