Hey, look! It’s two weeks in a row that I’m blogging on a Wednesday!
Last week, in the inaugural What We’re Watching post, I had on my grumpy pants. After a lackluster True Blood finale and a messy Doctor Who premiere, I was generally bummed about television. I’m happy to say that this week, my grumpy pants are folded up and tucked away in the back of my closet. First the Doctor Who update.
Thank Moffatt, the second episode was so much better than the first. I’m starting to get a feel for Capaladi’s Doctor and he’s moving away from general “asshat version of Matt Smith” into something more intriguing. He has that childlike hopefulness seen in the previous incarnations, but in a much more subdued manner. The episode itself was pretty silly, shrinking the Doctor, Clara and an assortment of red shirts so that they could go inside a Dalek to “cure it”. The execution was entertaining though.
It was also the first time I had ever seen Clara as an adult. This statement made Fernando sputter in disbelief, but for some reason, Clara has always read to me as being in her late teens. Seeing her with the new ex-soldier guy whose name I don’t remember, but who I am already quite fond of, finally took her from being an annoying bratty child to a palatable young adult. Perhaps I can grow to like Clara after all?
And now for the main event on this week’s What We’re Watching – MOON NAZIS.
For some reason, one Friday night we decided to watch Iron Sky after it had been suggested by Max, the Netflix robot. We’re quickly learning to not listen to him, but not necessarily because of Iron Sky. First of all, look at that poster. It’s Suckerpunch if that movie had been only the fun videogame cut-scene parts and not any of the pseudo-feminist bullshit. Yet somehow I missed the swastikas because I was surprised that, upon starting the film, some astronauts landed on the moon to find… a swastika-shaped compound ON. THE. MOON.
This was the point where I paused the movie and got some alcohol.
Iron Sky is a ridiculous, high budget version of a Syfy Saturday night original film. Luckily, like a Syfy original film, it recognizes that it’s a ridiculous premise for a ridiculous movie and plays to its ridiculous strengths. It takes place in a near future where the United States is ruled by an overzealous Sarah Palin parody, looking to get re-elected by doing something big. Somehow no one on Earth knows there is a secret Nazi base on the moon.
The Nazis haven’t quite developed at the same technological speed as the rest of us, so when they get their hands on an iPhone (why an astronaut took an iPhone with him on a space mission, I have no idea), they discover it’s a powerful energy source that can finally get their massive war machine up and running so they can return to Earth and take it over in one fell swoop. But first they send an ambassador, “brain-washed” newly Aryan astronaut (he was formerly African American before encountering the Nazis) who has learned to play along with his crazy captors, and the ambassador’s perky teacher girlfriend. The girlfriend is an “expert” on Earth culture, and considering how she’s only ever lived on the moon and they have no contact with the Earth below, you know this is going to turn out to be an epic disaster. And their spaceship looks like a stereotypical Martian UFO.
Things just get more ridiculous from the moment these future moon Nazis put their feet on American soil, where they meet the dominatrix-esque media consultant for the previously mentioned Sarah Palin parody. If you didn’t think things were batshit crazy at this point, just wait. There are epic space battles, tons more Nazi UFOs, massive spaceships and tons of beautiful overacting from all sides. By the end, I’d giggled myself silly and now we have lots of inside jokes about moon Nazis that make people look at us like we’re crazy.
So if you’re looking for a crazy, not good on purpose parody science fiction film, give Iron Sky a try. It wears its cheesiness well and would probably make for a great drinking game.
What have you been watching lately? Did you marathon something over the Labor Day weekend? Share in the comments.