Years have passed since Ted Striker heroically saved many lives by avoiding a plane crash. Working as a test pilot for a new Lunar Shuttle, he gets innocently sent into a mental ward after a crash of the badly constructed, computer-navigated spaceship. When he hears that the exactly same type of shuttle is scheduled for a moon flight soon, he breaks out to hinder the launch. Aboard, Ted finds his ex-ex Elaine Dickinson working as stewardess again and her fiancé Simon, a member of the committee that wants the Mayflower I to be launched. In flight, the ship's computer ROK 9000 takes control, killing the crew. Ted and Elaine manage to switch it off, and now it is up to Ted again to save the passengers' lives - if there only wouldn't be these flashbacks to the war and these people who know Ted and have no faith in his abilities at all. Written by
Julian Reischl <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Given the spoofing of science fiction in the film, there are numerous references to the classic television series Star Trek (1966). Not the least of which is the casting of William Shatner (Captain Kirk) as Commander Buck Murdock. But there is a nod to Star Trek most people (probably including the film makers) may not realize. When Gene Roddenberry, the creator and producer of Star Trek, was casting for the role of Captain Kirk, Lloyd Bridges (McCroskey) was considered for the part. He ultimately passed, paving the way for Shatner to take on the now iconic role. See more »
When McCroskey informs Striker about Joe Salucci, he doesn't mention ether the insurance nor Salucci's impotence. Yet Striker mentions both when he confronts Salucci. See more »
Striker was the squadron leader. He brought us in real low. But he couldn't handle it.
Buddy couldn't handle it? Was Buddy one of your crew?
Right. Buddy was the bombardier. But it was Striker who couldn't handle it, and he went to pieces.
*Andy* went to pieces?
No. Andy was the navigator. He was all right. Buddy went to pieces. It was awful how he came unglued.
*Howie* came unglued?
Oh, no. Howie was a rock, the best tailgunner in the outfit. Buddy came unglued.
And he bailed out?
No. Andy ...
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After the credits roll off the screen, an ad comes up that says Coming from Paramount Pictures: Airplane III. Then William Shatner, as Murdock, comes on and says "That's exactly what they'll be expecting us to do!" See more »
Airplane II - The sequel is quite literally more of the same, same cast (I'm glad to say) except Leslie Nielson (shame that) same jokes (Most of which still work well) same plot (Only this time we are in space) and the same hero.
Given all of the above, you may wonder why bother? Put simply - it's still funny, it's still better than a lot of spoof movies and OH YES! why change a winning formula.
Aiplane 2 is inferior to its predecessor in every way, but if you enjoyed the first film, you'll be entertained by the sequel (Just not quite as much) 8/10
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