Mar 26, 2021
On the podcast this week, Steven and Sean are defending Earth
from a marauding swarm of murderous space bugs! Or is it that
we’re the real monsters and the space bugs just want to
live their buggy lives, raise a horde of their own little insect
babies, and maybe retire to Shlergen-5 one day if their retirement
accounts perform well enough? Either way, this week, we’re talking
about the Paul Verhoeven film from 1997, Starship
Here’s what we’ve all got to look forward to in the future:
- Intergalactic wars between Earth and whatever the hell gets in
- Mandatory co-ed shower time (yay?).
- Extremely effective, anti-bug propaganda.
- A return of Nazis who aren’t exactly the Nazis we’re
usually familiar with.
- Soap opera-level drama between us, the ones we love, and the
people who are actually right for us.
Weird, that list sounds all too familiar. Could it be the case
that this film is actually a mirror being held up to our lives and
society? Are we currently living in this Starship Troopers
future world? Let’s see:
- Intergalactic bug wars? No space travel and no bugs, but there
are loads of wars.
- Co-ed showers? Not yet, I guess.
- Effective propaganda? Check.
- A return of Nazis? Check, but they never really went away.
- Soap opera love? That’s always been a check.
Oh, boy. That’s a lot of checks.
Could it be the case that this film is actually a great satire
aimed at humanity’s insistence on blowing up any opposition and
certain countries’ fawning obsession with the military? Well, yeah.
That’s the whole point of this film. Sure, there are loads of
drama, butts and boobs, and grisly violence, but that’s just what’s
on the surface.
To get to the real meat of the story, you need to dig about as
deep down as the bugs do for their labyrinthine, underground homes.
When you get there, the story opens up and becomes a lot more than
just what’s on-screen. Not only is this one a great b-movie for us
to share, it’s also a great indictment of humanity’s lust for
conquest and blood. Take that, us!
(Recorded on January 25, 2021)
Links to Stuff We Mentioned:
Troopers - IMDb
Troopers trailer - YouTube
Paul Verhoeven -
The Lion King -
The Evil Dead -
Starship | Halo Alpha - Fandom
Casper Van Dien -
diaspora - Wikipedia
The Wizard of Oz
The Price Is
Right - IMDb
Pacific Rim -
Episode III - Revenge of the Sith - IMDb
The Dark Knight
Tropic Thunder -
Some People Still Definitely Don't Get The Joke Behind Robert
Downey Jr.’s Tropic Thunder Character - CINEMABLEND
Matt Groening -
Time Lord |
Tardis - Fandom
| Tardis - Fandom
Tardis - Fandom
Judge Dredd -
& Dredd | More Movies Please! - Libsyn
- Box Office Mojo
Die Hard -
”The Simpsons” meets “Doctor Who” in fab fan art - Nerdvana
The Deer Hunter
Jacket - IMDb
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