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Cosmic Slop (1994)

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In the tradition of The Twilight Zone, this bizarre, thought-provoking trilogy addresses the destiny of the world's minorities: Part I: A conservative African American politician must ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Possessed churchgoer ("The First Commandment")
Stryker O'Rourke (segment "Space Traders")
Noëlle Balfour ...
Virgin Mary / Oshun (segment "The First Commandment")
Jason Bernard ...
Bernard Shields (segment "Space Traders")
Arthur Burghardt ...
Justin Jasper (segment "Space Traders")
(segment "The First Commandment")
Chief of Staff (segment "Space Traders")
Padrino (segment "The First Commandment")
General Wright (segment "Space Traders")
Ngwebifor Fobi ...
Dark Skinned Human
Gleason Golightly (segment "Space Traders")
Cardinal (segment "The First Commandment")
Special Appearance
Lenny (segment "Space Traders")


In the tradition of The Twilight Zone, this bizarre, thought-provoking trilogy addresses the destiny of the world's minorities: Part I: A conservative African American politician must choose between his people's survival and appeasing his white colleagues when space aliens propose to share their profound knowledge in exchange for all black people on earth. Part II: The Virgin Mary's appearance in an inner-city housing project forces a Hispanic priest to face the hidden cultural origins of Western religion. Part III: On the dawn of the "Black Revolution," an African American couple discovers who the "real" enemy is. Written by Lammastide

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"The Space Traders"
11 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Having recently read Derrick Bell's "The Space Traders" and then viewed this adaptation of it, I am pleased to see that the TV version corrects or modifies many of problems I have with the original short story. Also, I feel much of the humor of the story is augmented by the inclusion of visuals, such as with the alien herald who resembles Ronald Reagan and the ridiculous alien space craft.

Also, the few additions made to the plot by the adaptation are both appropriate and very often hilarious. The brief scenes involving Stryker O'Rourke are side-splitting, and I still find that name to be the most appropriate moniker ever ascribed to a pretentious, story-seeking news caster. Robert Guillaume is also show-stopping as Gleason Golightly, especially as he addresses the black congregation.

I also appreciated the way the TV version treated the serious issues presented in the original with a bit more taste and discretion. For example, I was glad to see that the plot was modified so that the departing African Americans are permitted to board the alien vessels completely clothed, rather than, as in the story, reduced to their under garments, a painful and blatant reference to the slave trade. In all, I think the TV adaptation does a fine job of tightening and improving upon the story without losing any of its social relevance or impact.

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