What is the name of this TV pseudo-documentary? The only way to attack a huge alien ship hovering over the Earth is to set off nuclear weapons underground with manhole covers on top. These are launched into space at the alien ship and tear holes in it.

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    Hi, welcome to the site. In roughly which year did you watch this, and when do you think it might've been made? Nov 27, 2022 at 8:43
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    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Plumbbob - Orbital manhole covers are a real thing
    – Valorum
    Nov 27, 2022 at 8:46
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    Sort of. The cap on the bore hole was blown off. Exactly happened after the single image in which the cap appears is the subject of some debate. If it were moving as fast as estimated, it may have burned up passing through the atmosphere. If it were significantly slower may have come back down somewhere.
    – JRE
    Nov 27, 2022 at 10:13
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    It sounds so ridiculous that I almost accidentally downvoted your question instead of upvoting it. Nov 27, 2022 at 21:06
  • I remember watching this, was Michio Kaku in it? I also remember the aliens attacked by causing tidal waves from orbital weapondry, and genetically modifying avian flu.
    – qazwsx
    Nov 27, 2022 at 23:50

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This is the Discovery Channel's "Curiosity", Season 1 Episode 2, "Alien Invasion, Are We Ready?", released in 2011. In the pseudo-documentary, Humans first try launching nukes directly, with little effect, then launch several Operation Plumbbob style attacks at once, damaging the alien ship. The experts interviewed were David Bartell and Doug Beason. You can easily find it on dailymotion, but I can't link to it.


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    No, we ain't ready. If their goal was conquest, maybe we could resist. But if the aliens merely wanted to kill everyone, any tech that can propel spacecraft at a significant fraction of light speed only needs to send several manholes of their own at Earth, which as many videos have shown, would be more than enough to cause h-bomb-like devastation. It is the alien desire to leave the ecosystem intact that would be our leverage but I would still guess that they could use nanomachines or whatever to selectively kill or sicken human resisters.
    – releseabe
    Nov 28, 2022 at 1:15
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    @releseabe, this. Any civilization that can send a populated vessel across the stars at relativistic speeds AND STOP upon arrival in a new system, has the power and technology to annihilate us when they get here should they so desire. Nov 28, 2022 at 16:08
  • @TheoBrinkman. But not necessarily in a controlled manner. Nov 28, 2022 at 23:21

This sounds very similar to the premise of the comedy science fiction film Where The Aliens Are:

What if aliens suddenly arrived in orbit and turned off all electronic devices on Earth? A retired professor and his neighbors take matters into their own hands with a bold plan: detonate a nuclear bomb and hurl heavy objects at the alien spaceship. Note: The story is based on the 1950s nuclear Project "Thunderwell."

The screenplay has won a few awards, including Best Comedy Feature Screenplay, American Filmatic Arts Awards (2021), and storyboard is available at the project's webpage, but I don't see any sign that a film or TV episode actually has actually been made from it.

  • That isn't a pseudodocumentary though
    – qazwsx
    Nov 27, 2022 at 23:51
  • @qazwsx True. I've upvoted your answer. Nov 28, 2022 at 0:40
  • All the safety devices in "nucular" bombs require electricity.
    – RonJohn
    Nov 28, 2022 at 20:41

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