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->''"Ahahah, good, good, back to the rusting septic system of this ''futuristic space ship!''"''
-->-- '''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Tom Servo]]'''

''Space Mutiny'' (also known as ''Mutiny in Space'') is a 1988 legendarily bad science-fiction action film starring Creator/RebBrown about, [[SarcasmMode surprisingly enough]], a mutiny aboard the spaceship known as the ''Southern Sun''.

The ''Southern Sun'' is a seedship, a spacefaring vessel full of colonists out to settle a new world. [[GenerationShips Its voyage has lasted generations, so many of its inhabitants have been born and will die without ever setting foot on solid ground.]] This does not please the antagonist, [[BigBad Elijah Kalgan]] (not be confused with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calgon Calgon]]), who conspires with the [[SpacePirates pirates infesting the nearby Corona Borealis system]] and the ship's Chief Engineer [=MacPhearson=]. Kalgan hatches a plot to disrupt the ''Southern Sun'''s navigation systems and use the Enforcers, the ship's police force, to hijack the ship and direct it towards this system. At this point, the inhabitants of the ''Southern Sun'' will have no choice but to accept his 'generosity'.

Kalgan sabotages the vessel's guidance system just as an important professor's shuttle is on a landing trajectory, causing it to crash [[OffscreenCrash (offscreen)]]. The ship's pilot, [[TheHero Dave Ryder]], is able to escape, but the professor dies in the explosion. This sabotage seals off the flight deck for a number of weeks, allowing Kalgan and the Enforcers to hold the entire population of the Southern Sun hostage. Commander Jansen and Captain Devers enlist Ryder's assistance, aided begrudgingly by Jansen's daughter [[{{Loveinterests}} Dr. Lea Jansen]], to regain control of the ship.

''Space Mutiny'' was filmed in UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica during TheApartheidEra (a fact understandably not mentioned on the end credits - see also ''Prisoners of the Lost Universe'', ''Golden Rendezvous'', ''Hellgate,'' etc.), which some viewers think ties in to all the pseudo-fascistic goings-on (and explains the all-white cast, not that that was exactly unusual in Hollywood action movies of the time). The film also borrows almost all of its spaceship footage from ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'', including using the ''Galactica'' itself as a stand in for the ''Southern Sun''.

For the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' version, please go to the [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S08E20SpaceMutiny episode recap page]]. The film was also featured on WebVideo/RedLetterMedia's ''WebVideo/BestOfTheWorst''.

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!!Tropes used in ''Space Mutiny'':

* ActionGirl: For an 80s heroine, Lea is actually pretty involved in the fighting.
* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy:
** "Constellation" is used as a meaningful locational term.
** And windows in deep space can somehow bring in a stream of sunlight! This would be possible if they were near a star system at the time, but exterior shots of the ''Southern Sun'' show that they're not. Even if they were, raw sunlight shining through a spaceship's windows would be very harmful, since there's no ozone layer or atmosphere to block most of its ultraviolet rays.
* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: Commander Jansen outranks Captain Devers, who in a real ship would be the highest ranking officer.
* ATeamFiring: Lea among others had poor aim. With both Kalgan and Ryder's "speeders" bearing down on her, she fires at Kalgan... and [[StopHelpingMe manages to hit Ryder's speeder]], [[NiceJobBreakingItHero temporarily disabling it]].
* AwesomeButImpractical: The guy standing out in the open shooting the (extremely short range) flamethrower at people armed with laser guns. [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy Fortunately they're all lousy shots.]]
* BackFromTheDead: Due to poor editing, a woman who was murdered reappears (as an extra) in the very next scene.
* BadassBookworm: Lea is [[InsistentTerminology a doctor, after all]].
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: Steve Codell says he'd rather jump to his doom than join Kalgan (or be put on ice). He's just climbing over the railing when Kalgan gives him a push. This is somewhat odd as Kalgan previously offered Codell a chance to join his side instead of being killed. Apparently it did not occur to Codell to simply pretend to join Kalgan's side and attempt an escape later on.
* BigNo: What Kalgan shouts instead of jumping out of the vehicle he's in to avoid a collision, like the hero just did.
* BizarreAndImprobableBallistics: The {{Fixed Forward Facing Weapon}}s on the Enforcer vehicles seem to be able to shoot at any angle ''other'' than straight along the barrel.
* BridgeBunnies: Some of whom are dressed so scantily they may as well be Hugh Hefner Bunnies.
* TheCaptain: Commander Jansen. Not the actual captain though. The real captain, Captain Devers [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything never seems to actually do anything]].
* CaptainObvious: The captain theorises that the saboteur is "someone who knows his way around spaceships". Well that should cut it down a bit.
* ChaseScene: Done with ''floor waxers'', which our hero could just as easily chase after on foot.
--> '''Crow:''' Put your helmet on, we'll be reaching speeds of ''3!''
* TheChosenOne: Ryder.
* CoolStarship: The Southern Sun. Except it's the ''Galactica''.
* CoversAlwaysLie: Sort of. Website/TheAgonyBooth [[http://agonybooth.com/recaps/Space_Mutiny_1988.aspx tells us]] that the VHS packaging claims the film features "''breathtaking special effects from the team that brought you Franchise/StarWars''." This is ''technically'' true, in the sense that the team that worked on ''Star Wars'' went on to do SFX for the original ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'' series, StockFootage from which was used for ''Space Mutiny''. The rest of the film's special effects, [[SpecialEffectsFailure on the other hand]]...
* CurbStompBattle:
** A colony ship that's old enough to have over a dozen generations of people on it can somehow take on three SpacePirate ships and win in a few seconds.
** Any time Ryder fights, he wins.
* DamselOutOfDistress : Lea frees herself after being captured and proceeds to accompany the hero through the rest of the movie.
* DefrostingIceQueen: At first, Lea hates Ryder, blaming him for the death of her friend the professor. Of course, she falls for him the ''very next scene'', after he reveals that he, too, knew and liked the professor.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment:
** "We keep this TOP CLASSIFIED SECRET."
** "And there wasn't time to go to the auxiliary backup system."
* DieHardOnAnX: ''Die Hard on a Spaceship'', in this case.
* TheDragon: [=MacPherson=], to Kalgan.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Awkwardly handled. Ryder kicks the crap out a mook and steals his perfectly-fitted costume, even though the guy was half his size.
** Lea then is able to take another mook's outfit, despite her being half the guy's size.
* DudeLooksLikeALady (or is it Lady Looks Like A Dude?)
-->'''Crow:''' [[Film/ThisIsSpinalTap She's got a' armadillo down 'er trousers!]]
* EvilCripple: [=MacPherson=], co-conspirator of the mutiny, who needs a cane to get around and occasionally uses it to kill people.
* EvilLaugh: Kalgan, all the time.
* EyeAwaken: The original TropeNamer via [=MST3K=].
-->'''Servo:''' I'm sitting in something ''wet''!
* FanDisservice: Leah's fake seduction scene with the balding, flabby guard. Thanks for the zoom in on his pasty chest, movie.
* FanService:
** Lea's dancing scene. She also has a short topless scene in the uncut movie.
** The Belarians are basically made of this trope. They spend all their time dancing around in swimsuits and gauze and give magical lapdances to the crew.
* GenerationShips: The Southern Sun is one, but since Ryder and others shuttle back and forth to other locations it isn't at all clear ''why''.
* GetOnWithItAlready: The ending.
* GodivaHair: One of the [[BridgeBunnies female bridge crew]] had extremely long hair that just happened to cover [[{{Stripperific}} what little of a uniform she had on]].
* GratuitousDiscoSequence: With hoola-hoops. And an [[{{Fanservice}} equally gratuitous]] PantyShot when Lea drops hers.
* GreekChorus: The Bellerians
* GroinAttack: Done repeatedly on the same guard.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Verbatim from Ryder as he's [[WhatTheHellHero called out for unintentionally causing Professor Spooner's death]]. It doesn't really make sense though; he was teleported out of his ship by an automated ejection system, meaning that technically he didn't do anything at all, good or bad.
* IHaveYourWife: The mutineers attempt this by capturing the captain's daughter Lea and threatening to have her ThrownOutTheAirlock. Unfortunately for them she's savvy enough to escape on her own.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: The Enforcers never seem to hit anything.
* InformedAbility: Lea says that she's a doctor, but never does or says anything else to back it up. Since she's in the Greenhouse facility a lot, she's likely a botanist.
* InsistentTerminology
-->'''David Ryder:''' Listen lady!
-->'''Lea:''' ''Doctor!''
-->'''Ryder:''' Doctor.
* InTheBack: [=MacPhearson=] shooting a bunch of his engineer staff for poorly explained reasons.
* JoinOrDie: Variant. Kalgan offers a technician who discovers his evil plot to either join or be cryogenically frozen. The technician chooses a third option of dying. Kalgan obliges.
* KillItWithFire: A, for want of a better word, flamethrower features during the main battle. Later, [=MacPherson=] makes the unwise decision of trying to hide in the Gas Expulsion Sump, which Ryder promptly fills with methane and sets on fire.
* LargeHam: The sheer amount of ham on this spaceship could put [[Franchise/StarTrek Captain Kirk]] to shame. Not only our hero Ryder qualifies, but also Kalgan and his right-hand flunky [=MacPherson.=] Even Lea gets in on it from time to time.
-->'''Kalgan:''' I'm [[SurroundedByIdiots surrounded by incompetence]]! I'm being undermined by my own disciples!
* LaughablyEvil: Kalgan, though not on purpose.
* MadeOfExplodium: The tiny go-karts in the finale make surprisingly large explosions.
* MalevolentMaskedMen: The Enforcers, or at least all those without speaking roles.
* MartyrWithoutACause: The engineer who discovers the missing explosives is given the option to join Kalgon or die, and he picks option #2. It doesn't occur to him to simply pretend to join Kalgon to sabotage his plans or look for an opportunity to escape.
* MayDecemberRomance: The Bellarians giving a lapd-- ''ahem'', imparting the cosmic truth to the captain.
* MickeyMousing: When [=MacPherson=] stabs a dissenting crew member.
* MoodWhiplash:
** Lea is upset over her professor friend's death, yet walks onto the bridge with a big smile on her face, and then goes to the space disco to party.
** And even though there's a ''mutiny'' going on, the good guys have a party on the bridge.
* {{Mooks}}: The Enforcers.
* MoralDissonance: The way Ryder dispatches [[ManOnFire the evil MacPhearson]] is pretty brutal. It doesn't help that [=MacPhearson=] was helpless at that point and basically begging for his life.
* NeutralFemale: Lea's attempts to help out in a firefight are marginally effective at best. At worst, she does more damage to Ryder than to Kalgan, because she shoots ''Ryder's'' go-kart.
* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: Oh yes -- a group of gauze-clad [[InSPACE Space Witches]] called Bellerians show up early in the film, and proceed to do nothing for the rest of the film except exposit [[FauxlosophicNarration Fauxlosophically]] about the plot. Also [[{{Fanservice}} they dance around in gauzy scarves and skimpy one-piece swimsuits with holes cut in them]].
* PaperTiger: The Pirates are played up as a massive threat for the first half of the movie, but when actually encountered their entire fleet is wiped out in ''seconds'' by the ''Sun'''s superior firepower.
* PeopleJars / HumanPopsicle: Kalgan tends to freeze prisoners (or [[YouHaveFailedMe failure subordinates]]) in cryogenic suspension rather than kill them outright. This is actually a fairly canny move, as once he's taken over the ship he can thaw them out so they can still be useful to him. Unfortunately the movie didn't have a budget for a cryogenics lab so they just hung four or five guys wrapped in plastic up on a coat rack.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Not the actual pirates in the movie, who at least try to do something, but this trope does apply to Captain Devers who, despite being the captain of the ship, never does anything at all, to the extent that many viewers assume the much more proactive Commander Jansen is supposed to be the captain.
* PunchClockVillain:
** The Mortuary Keeper is just there running the facility where failed Mooks are frozen until necessary. He may work for the villain, but when the heroes arrive he asks if they need help or would like a SpotOfTea. He also answers all their questions about the BigBad's EvilPlan. He doesn't really seem evil at all.
** You could arguably count the Enforcers as a whole, though they're at the very least openly mean-spirited.
* RailingKill: The TropeNamer via ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', seeing as they appear in abundance. Hell, it even appears in the movie poster.
* RedRightHand: [=MacPhearson=]'s limp.
* RedShirtArmy: The Space Pirates are wiped out very quickly after their initial appearance, giving the impression that they were never really a threat to begin with.
* RelationshipReboot: Dave Ryder and Lea Jansen.
* TheSchlubPubSeductionDeduction. Lea on the doughy henchmen.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Reb Brown's trademark shrill shriek, which is probably supposed to sound cool.
* ScreamingWarrior: What Ryder is supposed to be.
* SexyDiscretionShot: After the final make-out session, the camera cuts to a shot of the whatever's engines flaring as it boosts upwards across the screen.
* ScrewTheWarWerePartying: After Commander Jansen fires Kalgan for sabotage and mutiny, and announces Ryder's promotion into his position, Ryder's friends celebrate with a party. Apparently arresting Kalgan and his 200 armed conspirators is not a priority. Later after defeating the SpacePirates, we immediately cut to a StockFootage repeat of the previous partying scene.
* SpaceX:
** Not only the title...
** Kalgan says, "You let that space bitch slip through our fingers!"
** The pirates call upon the ''Southern Sun'' to surrender or be blown into "astro-dust".
* ShapedLikeItself: Ryder mentions an "auxiliary backup system."
* SlasherSmile: For no readily apparent reason, Lea sports one of these while accidentally firing on Ryder's Enforcer kart... thus making her shooting at Ryder not appear accidental at all.
* SpaceClothes: An unfortunate double standard seems to be set here. Men usually wear semi-futuristic jumpsuits, which are [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience white and silver for good guys and brown and black for the villainous mooks]] (except for [[{{Turncoat}} MacPherson]]). Women often wear Space Leotards, though a few of them do get jumpsuits too (see Stripperiffic, below). Commander Jansen wears a silvery Space Muumuu, and Lobster Boy wears what looks like red martial arts pads with no shirt underneath.
* SpacePirates: Mostly just an excuse to use the Cylon footage. Originally presented as a major threat, but the Southern Sun destroys the entire fleet with a single volley. Since they're mentioned to control a large section of territory including at least one inhabited planet, it isn't entirely clear why they're considered just pirates.
* StandardEstablishingSpaceshipShot: The opening total shot of the heroes' spaceship.
* StealthParody: Again, taking Cisse Cameron's word for it, this film was still perhaps ''too good'' at emulating the films it was trying to spoof.
* {{Stripperiffic}}:
** Female crewmembers besides Lt. Lamont all dress like AmericanGladiators.
** The head of the Enforcers wears pants and red martial arts pads, but no shirt.
* StockFootage: All the space footage was taken from ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'''s stock footage. At least they flipped the footage of the ship.
* StockSoundEffect: The movie used the same "red alert," sound effect used in ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable / DepravedDentist: Kalgan's interrogation of Lea, which involves a laser used to burn out her teeth. The laser sounds exactly like a dentist's drill, and is said to work "not unlike ancient dental equipment. Not that you'd know anything about that," for anyone too dense to figure out what the scene is going for.
* {{Telepathy}}: Used by the Bellerians.
* SurroundedByIdiots
-->'''Kalgan:''' ARRGGHHH I am surrounded by incompetence! ''(MilkingTheGiantCow)'' I am undermined by my own disciples!
* TeleportersAndTransporters: This is how Ryder "ejects" from his crashing ship. It's also how they enable Reb Brown to leave a "ship" that's stock footage from ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}''.
* ThisIsADrill: Yet it's supposed to be a laser, despite the loud drill sounds.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: Kalgan delivers this trope-filled line:
--> '''Kalgan''': ''Take that, you {{space|X}} bitch!''
* TooDumbToLive:
** Engineer Parsons. At first the faction of mutinous engineers led by [=MacPhearson=] aren't actually that bothered by Parsons' refusal to join in the mutiny... until he says these words which, unsurprisingly, [[ThrownFromTheZeppelin proved to be his last]]:
--> "This is mutiny! This is treason! Which I warn you I must report!"
** Also the engineers that [=MacPhearson=] kills in the big fight near the film's climax. Their response to a man shooting wildly in their direction is apparently to ignore him and hope he'll go away.
** Lea makes a wall-banger of a decision to go nip out from the bridge, ''after'' she and Ryder have discussed the fact that the mutiny is ongoing. This allows Lea to grab the DistressBall and be held hostage for...about 10 minutes.
* UnexplainedRecovery: As noted above, Lamont is killed in one scene and then appears on the bridge in ''the very next scene'' totally unharmed.
* UsedFuture: "Great! Back to the rusting septic system of this futuristic spaceship!"
* YouHave48Hours: Kalgan gives the commander 12 hours to surrender the bridge, or his daughter will be ThrownOutTheAirlock. You'd think 12 minutes would be more appropriate -- how long does it take to surrender? Of course this just gives our hero plenty of time to carry out a rescue.
* YouLookFamiliar: The actress playing Lt. Lamont appears as an extra on the bridge... in a scene that immediately follows Lamont's death. Whoops.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Lea, who looks much older than the actress playing her through a combination of bad makeup and poofy '80s hair.
* {{Zeerust}}: The future looks a lot like TheEighties. Having keyboards bolted to the wall is supposed to look high-tech.
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