And they just had to put everything into the same orbit, because otherwise - in reality - they would have just died, plain and simple.
No, in reality
the exploding satellite would have been on a different orbit altogether, and they'd have all been just fine.
Disagree. Eve's nacelles aside, the whole point of that moment in dramatic
terms is a bit of male wish-fulfillment levity: "ha-ha, Kirk snuck a peak 'cause he just can't help himself, and Marcus, being an understanding and sympathetic character, is only briefly and oh-so-mildly annoyed."
One can of course still argue that Bullock is gratuitously under-dressed in Gravity
, but one can also
read it as a humanist celebration of the human form: the movie is about her psychological and evolutionary rebirth (the emergence from water, sputtering for air, and learning to walk re-enacting the evolutionary development of land animals as a whole), so minimizing the copious undergarments an actual
astronaut would be wearing during a spacewalk, thus allowing us to focus on her human form, serves a thematic purpose as well as an aesthetically pleasing one - something that can't be said of the Eve's torpedoes moment. And there's certainly no male characters around to ogle her.