Sunday, August 15, 2010

0612: The Starfighters

MST3k, Experiment #0612

The blazing adventure of the men and planes who rocket to the very edge of outer space! The Starfighters.

The story of young Lt. Witkowski, an Air Force F-104 Starfighter pilot, and his attempts to prove himself a worthy pilot to his father, a congressman and Air Force war hero. Aerial refueling is prominently featured in this tale of the peacetime Air Force.

What do Space Age Bachelor Pad Music and refueling have in common? They are both far too prominent in this movie.

Oh refueling... I tried, I actually tried to find an actual plot in this movie. The most I could figure was the senator father of an Air Force pilot wanted his son transferred. That's about all I could find in this thing. I think there was a slight romance somewhere in the background, but I am not very sure. One thing I am certain of though is that there's refueling. Perverse mid-flight refueling. This is a whole freaking movie about planes refueling as they fly. I don't know if this was just something new that they felt the need to promote? I really have no idea. This movie is miserable. The moment I saw the name on my list of episodes, I groaned due to all that damn refueling.

That said, this is one of the funniest episodes!!! I don't know how they get so many great jokes and riffs from a movie with so little actually happening... but they do.

I've never been too fond of the whole "information superhighway" host segments, but they are still rather funny and very true to technology at the time. To me though, the funniest part was how out-dated all the stats of his system were. 64 megs of ram!? I have six(6) gigs on my desktop, and even that's small nowadays. But man, I remember systems like that and how annoying it was to try to connect to anything...

The refueling sketch is purely disturbing.

The real winner on this episode is the song by the United Servo Academy Men's Chorus. This is the first of, I think, two(2) song performed by multiple Servos, and it really showcases how talented Kevin Murphy is. I wish they had done more of these.

Oh, and one more thing about this episode that you have to love... It's BOLD!!!


Favourite line: "Oh great, a patch."