What: 90s heartthrobs dogfight murderous space cats. Something something fabric of spacetime.
Directed by: Chris Roberts
Starring: Freddie Prinze Jr., Matthew Lillard, Saffron Burrows
Featuring guest co-host
Dean Martin, podcaster (LSG Media)
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The Wing Commander Video Game Series
Pretty groundbreaking space-flight sim series, best known now for its FMV cutscenes starring Mark Hamill.
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The Lost Fleet
A favorite book series of Christopher’s, featuring realistic and engaging space battles between large and varied fleets of ships. Just great.
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As children of the 90s, we have to wax nostalgic over the Wing Commander video games. They were really, really important at the time. Ground-breaking, even. PC games pre-windows. FMV.
- 1990 Wing Commander
- 1991 Wing Commander 2
- 1994 Wing Commander 3
- 5 million bux
- 1996/7 Wing Commander 4
- 10 million bux
- 1999 Wing Commander Movie
- 30 million bux
Director of the games was also director of the film! We hypothesize based on zero knowledge of anything how it may have been difficult for this first-time feature film director. We consider whether he is the George Lucas of video games, in both the good or bad senses.
Cat creatures? This may not have been clear in the film. Hairless cats.
Mister colbert, mount the forward laser pointer!
Space Combat and Naval/Air Combat
Simplifications of space combat, ignoring the vast distances and incredible speeds in their portrayals. Things that did it pretty right.
A Crew of Mavericks
At least in Top Gun, there was only one Maverick. Here we have to consider if we’d want a ship full of Mavericks as Earth’s last best hope.
One makes sense. One seems to come out of nowhere. Maniac is awful and dangerous. This movie’s idea of “search and rescue” seems a bit off.
Pilgrims and Navigation
Pilgrim discrimination. Pilgrim backstory. Using pilgrim brains in the Navcom. Faith vs genetics.
You’re alright Angel
You too, Chris.
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