THE LAST STARFIGHTER
“Greetings Starfighter. You have been recruited by the Star League to Defend the Frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan Armada”
Star Wars spawned many Space films and series in its conquest of the 70’s and 80’s. I missed the 40th Anniversaries of The Original Battlestar Galactica and Blake’s 7 last year, but it is the 35th Anniversary since the Frontier fell, so I thought I’d watch it again.
It is a pretty entertaining slice of the 80’s. Not quite as cheesy as you would think. There are a few things that they couldn’t get away with doing nowadays- like Louis swearing, looking at playboys and, well, generally being Louis.
The plot revolves around Alex Rogan, a Teenage handyman who fixes everything electrical in the Trailer Park where he lives. He desperately wants to get out of there, and he does, just not in a way he expected.
Beating the in-built high score, known as ‘The Record’ on the Video game Starfighter, Alex meets Centauri, who claims to have made the game and whisks Alex away in his car, which then flies off into Space and across the galaxy to Rylos and the orbiting moon which houses Starfighter Command.
Far from being overjoyed, Alex’s culture shock turns to horror when he realises what he has been conscripted into, especially when a hologram of Xur, the traitor who defected to the Ko-Dan appears and executes a spy in front of them.
Forced to return Alex home, Centauri is wounded by an assassin and leaves a cloned copy called Beta behind. Alex realises he has to fight, and he does, in the last Gunstar left, trained by Navigator Grig who helps him turn the tide against the Armada.
It is quite good, a fun rollercoaster with pretty good special effects and a great story. Now it’s being remade, hip-hip hoorah for nostalgia, as Hollywood, specifically Disney has been doing remakes of everything. Where’s the Original/New movies these days? I won’t go on about it here, but I think a Starfighter TV series would be better.
Anyway, it is a fun ride, just remember to hold tight and get ready for blast-off