Directed by : Ken
Produced by : Howard W. Koch
Starring : Robery Hays, Julie Hagerty, Lloyd
Bridges, William Shatner
Released : 1982 (Paramount Pictures)
Country : United States
Just like the original,
spoofs airline disaster stories this time,
however, they add an element of the science fiction film genre,
with elements specifically from 2001 : A Space Odyssey.
The opening theme and much of the incidental
music come directly from Battlestar Galactica.
The film opens "a la Star Wars" with a star
field and a plot summary rolling up. Just as the text starts to
turn lascivious, the Mayflowe shuttle breaks through it,
shattering it like glass and the opening credits roll.
Early in the film a pay-phone is seen along
with a hand resembling that of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. E.T.
lifts the phone off its cradle, and off-screen is heard "phone
home!, phone home!" When the operator tells E.T., "Please
deposit 6 million dollars for the first 3 minutes", the
extraterrestrial hangs up.
When the spacecraft goes to warp 0.5 to race
back to the Moon, the indicator says "Worp 0.5" in an
intentional misspelling of the Star Trek Warp velocity scale.
When Murdoch looks in his
periscope, he sees a quick stock clip of the Starship
classic Star Trek. His base has "voice-activated" doors —
blowing through gritted teeth opens them, simulating the
door-opening sound from Star Trek. Props from the Regula One lab
in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan decorate the control room.
The movie continues its parody of the fancy
gizmos — Murdoch and an assistant study one of the
Wrath of Kahn
props trying to figure out what it does besides blink lights.
Murdoch then directs another assistant to "get the lights to
blink in proper sequence" on another prop.
The premise, alarmingly
similar to the dead-straight contemporary
Starflight One (Airplane),
is that the first commercial passenger shuttle to the moon has
computer hassles en route and finds itself headed straight
through an asteroid belt into the sun. The humour is a touch
cleaner than in the first film.