Rocket Surgery: “Star Raiders” (1983)
Turn Left at the Asteroid
It’s the Rocket Surgery Film Festival! In this episode, we’re watching something that proves that computer-game film adaptations were a bad idea from the very beginning! Based on a late 1970s Atari game, it’s the ill-fated “Star Raiders.” There’s a not-dashing star pilot, a sullen space princess, an annoying robot, and is that Sheriff Lobo in a tight-fitting jumpsuit? If you’re looking for a cross between “Star Wars” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, are you in for some disappointment. Once again, we watched the movie so you don’t have to.
Correction: Due to a clerical error, none of these movies actually exist. This episode was entirely improvised.
Listen to this episode (1 hour, 31 minutes)
The other two episodes of the Rocket Surgery Film Festival are available now for Incomparable members. They’re “Last Dance of the Devil’s” (1993) featuring Moises Chiullan, John McCoy, Annette Wierstra, and Cicero Holmes, and “Howling Horror of Dracula” (1963) featuring David Loehr, Don Melton, Jean MacDonald, Kathy Campbell, and Mikah Sargent.