TV Movie | | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
The name of the ship, "Phaeton", is a nod to the movie's message of people recklessly trying to go too far and suffering the consequences for it: in Greek mythology, Phaeton was son of Apollo, god of the sun. An arrogant boy, he took his father's chariot out for a joyride but drove it too close to the ground, setting fire to everything in his path. As a punishment, Zeus himself burnt him with a lighting bolt.
Commander Frank Pike:
It looks like a single platoon.
Union Sergeant: There's no pickets posted.
Commander Frank Pike: No pickets, I don't like it.
Union Sergeant: Well, maybe we just caught 'em napping, sir. Easy pickin' fer a change.
Commander Frank Pike: The sun'll be up soon.
Union Sergeant: Which is why we shouldn't take too long jawing it over, Captain.
Commander Frank Pike: ...