The American Astronaut
is 2001 Space Western Science Fiction
musical about space captain Samuel Curtis in middle of a Chain of Deals
to give the Venusians a new king and earn a few bucks while being chased by the mentally-unbalanced Professor Hess that sabotage his plans.
In this original take of Sci Fi
, space is mostly guided by roughnecks and all spaceships seems to be easy repaired with hammers giving it a feeling of Used Future
for truckers, with goes along pretty well with the awesome music, this can only be described as a Firefly
musical with Flash Gordon
Also by the same people (and in the same vein) is Stingray Sam
, an episodic serial which can be played on screens of all sizes, including mobile phones.
The American Astronaut includes examples of:
- Absent Aliens
- Arc Words: "It's my birthday."
- Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The whole space barn sequence.
- Berserk Button: You don't dare to forget Professor Hess' birthday, you just don't...
- Body Horror: The reason the miners from the space barn can't return to Earth.
- The Captain: Sam Curtis.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Bodysuit
- Chain of Deals: Sam must return the late king of Venus to his family in Earth, to do so, he must provide Venus with a new king; so he will give the owner of Jupiter a woman and he will give in return The Boy Who Saw A Breast. The woman in turn, is a clone of Eddy, the owner of the Ceres Crossroads who wanted a cat.
- Disintegrator Ray: Wielded by Professor Hess; it turns people into a pile of ash.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: The Boy Who Saw A Breast.
- Faux Affably Evil: Professor Hess.
- Foe Yay: Sam and Hess.
- Ho Yay: Sam and The Boy Who Saw A Breast.
- Indy Ploy: Curtis seems fond of these ones.
- I Just Shot Marvin in the Face
- Knight Errant: Curtis.
- Lady Land: Venus.
- Mars Needs Women: Jupiter needs women and Venus needs men.
- Memetic Mutation: RIO YETI RIO YETI RIO YETI RIO YETI RIO YETI RIO YETI RIO YETI RIO YETI
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Professor Hess.
- Mundane Made Awesome: A Space Cowboy Science Fiction Musical!
- No Woman's Land: The entire planet of Jupiter is an all-male mining Company Town whose sole entertainment is listening to The Boy Who Saw A Breast describe ("briefly and arrogantly") his encounter with said body part.
- One Gender Race: Venusians are all women, except for their king they need to mate. Jupiter men are actually hired and brought from all the space system.
- Oh Crap
- Planet of Hats: Everyone in Jupiter is a miner, everyone in Venus is a Southern Belle and Ceres is just a small bar.
- The President's Daughter: The prince of Jupiter, AKA The Boy Who Saw A Breast.
- The Professor: Hess.
- Schizo Tech: Rayguns, spaceships, portable cloning devices and yet we still use razorblades to shave.
- Southern Belle: Everyone on Venus, seriously.
- Squick: The Jupiter ruler's new wife is a clone of Eddy, if you saw Eddy you understood what I mean.
- Space Pirate: The Blueberry Pirate. Who steals fruit.
- Space Western
- The Unintelligible: Bodysuit.
- The Unreveal: The audience is left in the dark about Sam and the Professorís shared past when the movie enters into a slideshow-like montage of Sam and the Boy just as Sam begins to explain. Nevertheless, they both seem to find the story hilarious.
- Used Future: This version of space consists mostly of grease monkeys, miners and hard-boiled thieves.
- Villainous Breakdown: Is not unusual for Professor Hess to fall into this every once in a while.
- We Will Use Manual Labor in the Future
- You All Meet in an Inn: Ceres' Crossroads, set on Ceres.
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Stingray Sam, a lounge singer on parole on Mars, finds himself
kidnapped by his former partner-in-crime The Quasar Kid on a mission to rescue a girl child being held by Upper Class Twit
Fredward. This provides an excuse for much social satire, Big Lipped Alligator Moment
songs, and dancing, dancing, dancing, dancing, dancing!
- Bounty Hunter: The Quasar Kid
- Bragging Theme Tune
Stingray Sam is not a hero
But he does do the things that folks don't do that need to be done
He's got a bravery inside
That won't let him run away
It will not let him run...
- But Now I Must Go: Stingray Sam has to leave the Carpenter's Daughter at the end because, well, he's a lounge singer, and folks need to be sung to.
- Cliffhanger: Stingray Sam is produced in the form of a weekly serial.
- Cloning Blues
- Dap Greeting
- Explosive Leash
- Ho Yay: Fredward's attraction to the Quasar Kid after the latter dances at his party. Then there's that Latex Spacesuit he wears.
- Incredible Shrinking Man: Mass matter compression is used to put people inside the Tiny Little Robot.
- Mr. Seahorse: The rich have only been having male children (via gender-decisive drugs) in order to perpetuate their dynasties and so are in danger of dying out. Doctors Fred and Edward come up with a solution by combining their DNA to create their son, Fredward.
- Mugged for Disguise
- Must Have Olives: The Quasar Kid.
- The Narrator
And so the plot begins to thicken...but not by much.
- Nobody Poops: Averted, which is why the Corporate Mascot Rehabilitation Program failed. Turning a corporate mascot into a solitary confinement Mobile Suit is not a good idea. After a while they start to...smell.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: The receptionist at the Intergalactic Hall of Records and Trivia.
- Offhand Backhand: When Stingray Sam swings his 'Asking Stick' at the back of the Quasar Kid's head, the latter blocks it without looking.
- One Product Planet: Every planet has only one industry or social class. The planet Durango changes from Planet of Rocket Builders to Planet of Criminals to Planet of Prison Factories.
- The Red Planet: Mars, once the entertainment capital of the galaxy, has fallen out of fashion and is now a Crapsack World.
- Running Gag: Folks plugging Liberty Chew Chewing Tobacco.
- Shout Out to The Manchurian Candidate with the brainwashed visitors at Fredward's party smoking "bizarre tobacco substitutes".
- Stingray Sam Has No Sense of Scale: The scientists on Planet Fredward point out that you only have to cross one galaxy to get there, not two.
- Swiss Cheese Security: No-one dares see Fredward without an appointment, so his fortress isn't even guarded.
- What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Jerry the Carpenter.