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brilliant sci-fi spoof is right on target
on 27 August 2016
I wouldn't have thought it was possible to make a sci-fi spoof as good as this - it is both sharp and generous, and is stuffed with hilarious moments. Set at a Star Trek-style convention, it reverses the situation by having the jaded stars approached by what look like fans in costumes, but these are the real thing, from Outer Space and in trouble! Having had all they can stand of the series and playing their roles, the TV stars find themselves having to fulfil the role of heroes for a very naive people, the Thermians, steering their spaceship through all kinds of difficulties. The Thermians had got copies of the TV series, thinking of them as 'historical documents' and having no concept of acting. A forced landing on a planet to find a new beryllium sphere for fuel brings combat with a Pig-lizard and rock-monster. Despite their fearsomeness these don't daunt Commander Taggert (Tim Allen), whose hero's smile is at the ready for every occasion, stirring much jealousy in his rival with a fin on his head, played by Alan Rickman. Glamour is provided by Sigourney Weaver, as well as the reference to Alien. She has a way of repeating commands and statements exactly as they do on these programmes, in a smooth, under-control sort of tone that is very funny. Further comedy of a wide-ranging sort is provided by Sam Rockwell, lamenting the fact his character has no name because he only appeared in one actual episode. He has a moustache and a medallion, and waves a very large gun. A teenage fan of the series plays a heroic role in the end (played by Justin Long). The Thermians are brilliantly lovable, they are so gullible, and the enemy, Sarris, looks suitably hideous. The film manages to be funny one moment and emotionally affecting the next; it would be hard to imagine anyone not enjoying it, whether you are a fan of sci-fi dramas or not.