Compare and contrast characters and plots of the film version and the original story of "The Cold Equations."

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This is a tragic story in both mediums. The way that Marilyn has to die because of a foolish mistake and lack of knowledge that could have so easily been averted makes her death both tragic and needless. However, how the TV version and the original short story differ is through the presentation of the character of Barton, the man in charge of the space shuttle that Marilyn has stowed away on, hoping to be able to see her brother. In the TV version, Barton tries to do everything he can to save Marilyn, calculating that if he jettisons everything else in the ship it would still be enough and...

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