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->''"It's an intriguing mix of genocide and modern dance!"''
-->--'''Joel Robinson''', ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''

In this sci-fi flick edited down from the 1978 Japanese TV series ''Star Wolf'', our hero, Ken, is a, well, Star Wolf: part of a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race]] of SuperSoldier {{Space Pirate}}s from the planet Valnastar (or "Valna" for short), who [[VideoGame/StarFox can't let you do that]]. During a Valna raid on the planet Earth, Ken suddenly hesitates to shoot a child he finds in the street when the child's mother runs to "Ken" -- triggering a flashback to Starwolf Ken's ParentalAbandonment issues. When his best friend, a fellow soldier ([[RunningGag possibly also named Ken -- the dub isn't clear]]) tries to shoot both of them, Ken [[GunStruggle attempts to stop him, and the gun goes off]]. Ken is immediately marked as a traitor to the Valna, and barely escapes pursuit by his former comrades by faking his own death in TheAsteroidThicket. He's rescued by the passing Earth starship the "Bacchus 3". Alcoholic Captain Joe discovers evidence that Ken is a Star Wolf Raider, but hides it from the rest of the crew, who still don't quite buy his flimsy cover story. After singlehandedly saving the Bacchus and its crew from a Star Wolf attack, Ken is brought back to Earth under "protective custody". He escapes.

The [[TitleDrop fugitive alien]] tries to hijack the Bacchus to escape, but he gets caught by a very drunk Captain Joe. He has his reasons -- he just learned that he'd [[RetIrony lost his wife and child in the Valna attack, just when he was planning to retire]]. Despite his anger at what Ken's people did, Joe actually listens to Ken's story, and is convinced enough to end up "[[{{Blackmail}} inviting]]" Ken, who is STUCK HERE!, to join the rest of his crew: Rocky the pilot, some other guys, and Tammy the [[strike:morale officer]] [[TheChick Chick]]. Ken accepts. At first, Rocky distrusts Ken, and he even tries to kill Ken with a forklift and fails, which would at least hint that Ken's a Star Wolf; but later they become friends. Tammy has an unrequited crush on Ken.

Meanwhile on Valna(star), Rita, the sister of Ken's dead friend -- and also Ken's girlfriend, is ordered by Valnastar ruler Lord Halkon to avenge her brother's death by finding and killing Ken. The Bacchus 3 visits the planet Kararan, populated by [[FakeNationality Japanese people pretending to be Arabs]], on a diplomatic mission. Ken disobeys orders, leaves the ship, and gets himself thrown in prison. Via two-way radio, Captain Joe orders Ken to find a Colonel from the planet Caesar in the same prison and break him out. After accomplishing this mission, Ken abruptly runs into Rita. But Rita still loves Ken, so she can't bring herself to kill him. Rita is then killed when she and Ken are attacked by Kararan guards. She blames Ken with her last breath. Ken and the Caesarean Colonel make it back to the Bacchus 3. The story ends here until the sequel, ''Star Force: Fugitive Alien 2''.

In the sequel, the Bacchus escapes a NegativeSpaceWedgie and reaches the planet Caesar with the Colonel. Their mission: infiltrate a military base with said Colonel's help and sabotage a secret weapon being developed there. Despite the Colonel having a fatal attack of conscience over, let's face it, betraying his homeland, the mission is a success. Fast forward to the end of the series: everyone has new uniforms, Ken finds someone who might be his MissingMom, and the final battle between Ken and Lord Halkon rages in the skies...

The original Japanese serial was based on the ''Starwolf'' trilogy novels by Edmond Hamilton, who also authored most of the ''CaptainFuture'' stories; Hamilton cooperated with the production of both the series and an anime version of ''Captain Future''.

For the ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'' versions of both films, please see the following [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000 episode recaps]]:
* ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S03E10FugitiveAlien Fugitive Alien]]'' [Episode 310]
* ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S03E18StarForceFugitiveAlienII Star Force: Fugitive Alien II]]'' [Episode 318]
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!!''Fugitive Alien'' has examples of:

* AdaptationalHeroism: In Hamilton's original novels, John Dilullo ("Captain Joe")'s team of mercenaries is just that, a dangerous and well-trained team of operatives and killers. Morgan Chane is also a much darker anti-hero than Ken, being a ruthless pirate who killed a fellow Starwolf out of self-defense rather than to save anyone, and would happily have continued a life of piracy if his fellow Starwolves hadn't turned on him. He does ultimately lighten up a very little bit, though, mostly due to a growing respect for Dilullo.
* AlienInvasion: The film opens with one of these, although it's not very successful.
* BaldOfEvil: Lord Halkon
* BlindIdiotTranslation:
** Several dials/meters on the ''Bacchus 3'' are labeled hilarious things, such as: Space Speed, Cabin Air Presser, Tenperature, Sunny Side, and Other Side.
** Or the members of the ''Bacchus 3'' wearing jumpsuits emblazoned with the badge "Security Guard".
** The computer actually shows ''a shipping manifest''.
*** From freakin' UTAH!
* TheCaptain: Joe
* TheChick: Tammy
* CompilationMovie
* CoolShades: Captain Joe's shades
* CoolShip: The ''Bacchus 3''
* {{Expy}}: Ken #1 suddenly transforms into [[Franchise/StarWars Han Solo]] at the end of the second film.[[note]]Joel of MST3K wonders if Ken has joined a swing choir.[[/note]]
* FollowTheLeader: ''Franchise/StarWars'' -- especially the turret guns in ''Star Force'' and the expies of [=C-3PO=] and [=R2-D2=] that appeared in ''Star Wolf''. Ken even ends up dressed like Han Solo as he becomes a rakish mercenary.
* ForkliftFu: An infamous action scene scored with an instrumental of the shows’ theme song.
* GenkiGirl: Tammy. It ''is'' part of job of being the morale officer.
** Actually, that was just a DoubleEntendre. She's the [[PlayfulHacker computer expert.]]
* HaHaHaNo: "YOU'RE STUCK HERE!"
* {{Heavyworlder}}: Ken and anyone else from Valna.
* HongKongDub
* IHaveManyNames: The Star Wolves. Also their planet: is it Valna, Valnastar or Valna's Star? (In the original novels its name was "Varna," but the translators were either unaware the show was based on a pulp series in ''English'', or [[TheyJustDidntCare didn't care]].)
* ItWorksBetterWithBullets. The Captain never keeps bullets in his gun, which makes it easy for him to overcome Ken when he grabs it out of his holster.
* TheLancer: Rocky
* {{Leitmotif}}: The theme song, heard in instrumental form many times.
* MeaningfulName: People drink a ''lot'' on the Bacchus 3. Especially Captain Joe.
* MoodWhiplash: The outburst by Captain Joe.
-->'''Ken:''' What did I do to deserve this?
-->'''Captain Joe:''' (pensive) We don't deserve half the things we get. (laughs maniacally, then throws down his pen angrily) '''''You're stuck here!'''''
* NiceHat: Captain Joe's Joe baseball hat.
* NotableOriginalMusic: Some of it, like the (series theme vocal, is actually [[{{Earworm}} Earwormishly]] catchy.
* PlanetLooters: This is apparently the Star Wolves' [[PlanetOfHats Planetary Hat]].
* [[PlanetOfSteves Planet of Kens]]: Seemingly due to the way episodes were edited together.
* RubberForeheadAliens: The attacking aliens wear blond wigs and white makeup.
* {{Satellite Character}}s: Billy and Dan.
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: Try to figure out how the setting is organized. The ship can reach speeds of "Mach 56," planets are part of [[YouKeepUsingThatWord "constellations,"]] and that's just the beginning.
* SpaceClothes: They appear to be made out of vinyl.
* SpaceJews: Did anybody else find it odd that the evil alien races are all made up to resemble non-Japanese people? The Valna raiders have blond hair (well, it's kind of unclear whether or not they're wigs; Ken's certainly is, but [[spoiler:he's not actually a Valnastar native,]] and Rita's hair is probably her "real" hair), the Caesarians have pale makeup, and there was that one sort of Arab sheikh guy...
* SpaceRomans: The Space Arabs don't seem to be that evil in and of themselves, especially contrasted with the Wolf Raiders; they're just transparently a [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Counterpart Culture]].
* StabTheScorpion: Subverted for {{Wangst}}. After Ken succeeds in using KillMeNowOrForeverStayYourHand to persuade Rita not to kill him, he starts trying to [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim persuade his old lover that they can't be together anymore]] -- and suddenly he grabs his gun, turns around and fires in Rita's direction. Naturally, he was aiming at a Space Arab watermelon-headed mook about to attack; but Rita gets fatally wounded in the crossfire, and she dies in Ken's arms, cursing his name for killing her.
* StockFootage: Yet another bank turn.
* SuperStrength: Ken and the other Star Wolves all have this.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: "Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha... YOU'RE STUCK HERE!!"
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: The ''Star Wolf'' series opening theme, used in the famous forklift scene.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Billy and Dan.
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[[TheStinger "Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha, a-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha...]] [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife YOU'RE STUCK HERE!"]]
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