I’m doing this out of order and although I fully intend to go back and blog about some of the other episodes I’ve seen, I feel the need, nay the compulsion to talk about the wonder and glory that is StarCrash
This is a bad movie whose badness keeps mounting. It started out bad, got worse and THEN, when it reached a plateau of badness, they doubled down on the SHAMELESS ripping off of Star Wars, and the mounting badness started over again.
The sheer size of the stones of whoever dreamed this up! I would have loved to be a fly on the wall of this meeting
“People like StarWars. We’ll make the same movie but we’ll switch enough to not get sued. First, we’ll switch some genders. Our Han will be a hot criminal babe and Leia will be a lost prince. And our Luke will have a fro.”
“What about Yoda?”
“They can’t trademark the color green”
“What about the lightsabers though?”
“If we make them change colors and not be able to cut through metal, I think that would be different enough.”
“Could we get Alec Guinness to hologram for us?”
“Naw, but Chris Plummer owes me a favor.”
Poor Christopher Plummer. I think this will rival Gregory Peck in Space Travelers for the most paycheck-driven performance by a major star. Plummer either looked embarrassed or possible drugged through the whole film. But, on the other hand, credit where credit is due: Baby Hoff was not bad. I won’t say Hasselhoff is the best actor ever, but he certainly wasn’t the worst on this set.
My favorite characters were the non-human(oid) ones. I liked the huge stop-motion lady robot. I should have found Elle the ersatz C3PO robot super annoying, but something about his earnestness endeared him to me. In interesting creative choice was his accent. Why did they sub out Threepio’s British Accent for a Southern accent, out of any other accent possible?
Why? would a space robot? have a Southern accent???
But, paraphrasing The Doctor, lots of planets have a South…so I really just relaxed.
For this viewing, Sabre, my 15 year old viewing companion was out, but Raven (13 yo) watched it with me. She enjoyed it in general, especially when the guys ripped into our “hero,” calling him a human-loofah hybrid. Out of the whole filled with weird and nonsensical crap, she couldn’t get over Stella wearing a clear plastic suit over her bondage bikini. Personally, I could have used less Andrew Dice Clay impressions–in this episode and just in general. A little of that goes a long way. But this is a minor quibble.
tl;dr This episode was a great synthesis of the right kind of bad movie and solid riffing. So far, this is my favorite episode of the season.