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This film was considered a major influence behind the short lived animated series The New Adventures of He-Man (1990). In that series, the peaceful planet Primus is under threat from the evil Flogg and his mutants. Master Sebrian, the elderly leader of Primus decides that they must find a great warrior to help deal with Flogg and his evil mutants and Hydro and Flipshot are sent to find that warrior and that warrior they find to help in the crisis is He-Man. In this film, Akir, a peaceful planet is under threat of invasion by Sador and his army of Malmori mutants and the elderly warrior Zed decides that mercenaries must found and recruited to help and defend Akir and the farmboy Shad is sent to find those mercenaries and finds those mercenaries to help in the crisis. See more »
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[Nell self-destructs near "Hammerhead's" stellar converter, which backfires]
... Monitor the converter axis!
It's destabilizing, reaching critical! We're all gonna die!
That can't be! I'm going to live forever!
[His dreadnaught begins to disintegrate around him]
... I wanted to live forever!
[He vanishes brilliantly, along with "Hammerhead"]
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Let's pretend we've never heard of Roger Corman nor The Magnificent Seven etc.
As a kid, that was me. I heard about this movie through my friends, when I was about 9 or 10. To us, this was another great space epic, along the lines of Star Wars. It had good effects, plenty of laser blasts and bad guy with a massive ship that could destroy planets. Awesome!
Many years later, I bought this on DVD and, to my pleasant surprise, found that it hadn't aged too badly. The low budget is very apparent but the movie is slickly edited such that it perhaps feels richer that it should. This is however it's biggest drawback because the character development is poor in places and the stars play second-fiddle to the ships and the costumes they inhabit. Gelt and Space Cowboy are perhaps the most fleshed-out of the pack, the remainder either being weak or there to make up the numbers.
The true star of the show is James Horner. It's a great score and all the best moments of Star Trek 2 are audible here first.
It's an inventive film, even if the invention is mainly facsimile, and an entertaining one. In the archives of sci-fi, there's no contest between this and its obvious "raison d'être" influence, as to which film is the better, but it's a noteworthy addition from the same era, what I consider to be the golden-age of special effects.
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