Listening to Clancy Brown’s voice telling other fictional characters an in-universe true story dripping with death is a thing of glory. It’s a take on a sequence from JAWS. I’ve never seen much from THE VENTURE BROTHERS so I actually couldn’t give you the context of sequence but the sequence is important for the character telling the story more than the story that the character is telling.

This isn’t breaking “show don’t tell.” The entire point of this is to show him, and their reactions to him. What he’s describing isn’t nearly as important as how he’s describing it and the effect it has on the listeners. That’s what they’re showing you.

As to the veracity of DYING in SPACE, I have some ideas on that, but so do others.

The human body can survive for up to six minutes in space without permanent damage. ‘Permanent’ being the key word. Second in the running is ‘up to.’ ‘Can’ is also in there, too. Your body can handle the pressure, considering you don’t explode when you’re 10 meters underwater, which is an effective difference of 1 atmosphere. You will pass out from the lack of oxygen within a minute, but can make it up to three, depending on factors. Your body will suffer brain damage at 6 minutes, and brain death around 7. The ambient temperature average around the earth is 43 degrees Fahrenheit. You will only burn, or freeze, if you are completely stationary and expose one side to the sun. You’d need to be in space unshielded for over an hour to get a dangerous dose of radiation. The lungs rupturing is real though. If you’re getting sucked out into space, scream. A ruptured lung isn’t immediately fatal, but it will bleed a helluva lot in a vacuum. Other than that, if you’re brought in by rescue within 5 minutes, you’ll be perfectly fine aside from blurry vision as your eyes become spheres again, and a dire need of new pants.


This is wrong. You really would swell up like a peanut allergy because of liquids/gasses expanding and separating in your body. You’ll have 12-15 seconds of consciousness before you pass out, not 60. And you’ll suffer permanent brain damage after 90-120 seconds, not 5-6 minutes. We know all this for a fact because a man had an accident in a vacuum chamber before and passed out in 12 seconds, before his suit was pressurized. And there’s been a number of unfortunate experiments on dogs, which all lost consciousness around 10-15 seconds, and swelled until they resembled “an inflated goatskin bag”. There’s an easily accessible Scientific American article about it, if you want to read it. It is not the same thing as holding your breath underwater at all, so you should not use those same figures. Suggesting you wouldn’t “explode” because you don’t if you’re 10m underwater doesn’t even make any sense because that’s positive pressure, not negative pressure. And if you go from 10m to the surface too rapidly while you’ve been breathing compressed air (as scuba drivers can do) you really will suffer possible major injury from gasses boiling inside of you, particularly nitrogen. It’s called decompression sickness. And in the case of a vacuum you’d pass out quickly because, I think, the capillaries in your lungs exposed to a vacuum will rapidly deoxygenate your blood. The same thing happens to pilots who suffer rapid cabin decompression.