A teacher once told me that the first rule of writing was to never be dull. This may be the dullest science fiction film I've seen. A n astronaut spends more time in a Senate hearing than in a space station that is being maligned for nearly biting the bullet during a meteor shower. He has the usually adversarial Senator who is looking out for the taxpayer's pocketbooks. He, of course, is presented as a bit of a buffoon. The return message (one that is certainly valid) is that we must know; we must explore. Danger is part of the equation. So they send an independent observer, a scientist, to take his business suit and tie to the space station and observe them at work. Anyway, they don't simplify things (which is a strength), but the dialogue and interaction are about as vanilla as you can get. There is also a love story going on that doesn't' really get resolved. The predecessor, "Conquest of Space," is even more idiotic and it's fortunate that at some point the space program went on.