: For the Outside Stuff, the selection
: is..."Darkstar: The Motion
This is an interesting case. It's the condensed movie version of a computer game incorporating live action with CGI backgrounds. I've never played the game; in fact, the last videogame I really played much was Pong back in the day. So, it's a bit difficult to judge the movie. Still, what's there is pretty good.
The plot is about Capt. John O'Neill (Clive Robertson) of the starship Westwick. He's just woken up from centuries of cryosleep, and now has little memory of his ship, his mission or himself. So, he's got to explore the ship and figure out what's going on. This becomes a problem, when it's increasingly clear that he's in a lot of danger.
The movie and game are largely the work of writer/producer/director/editor/animator J. Allen Williams, and were produced over the course of several years. The CGI isn't up to current standards, but it works OK. And the acting from the cast, including many MST alumni (Joel, Josh, Frank, Trace, Mary Jo, and Beez), in good. It even has Peter Graves narrating, in what would be his last role.
I thought this turned out OK, though I'll have to track down the game itself to get the full effect.
: while the Original Stuff
: continues with the new episodes
: with..."Carnival Magic" (Show
And, let's go...
Well, this one is, I guess, supposed to be one of those family-oriented mildly-fantasy movies that Disney produced by the bushel, especially in the 70's. You've got a struggling business (a carnival, in this case), a semi-magical animal (a slightly talking chimp), people struggling to overcome past trouble, cardboard villains ,a race against time...you know the drill.
Unfortunately, this was helmed by Al Adamson, who also directed two CT-riffed movies ("Oozing Skull" and "East Meets Watts"), and that doesn't inspire confidence. Then, there's the low budget, underdeveloped characters, and some frankly more adult-type stuff (like a villain beating up his "girlfriend"). All in all, it's pretty painful to watch, even with the happy ending.
The experiment, though, turned out great. The riffing was the best I've seen in the Relaunch, so far. I particularly liked the jokes on the movie's rediscovery, and it's later "franchise". The host segs were also good, especially the guest appearance by...a familiar personage.
I'm still on the fence about the attempted story arc, though. And then there's that brief thing that Kinga insists we didn't see. Hmmm...
Not bad this time, for different reasons. Your thoughts?
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