originated as an early 1980s stage production and spawned Comic Books
and later audio dramas
. It parodies Space Opera
with a healthy admixture of Soap Opera
set in "Anachera", a time period where no particular power bloc holds sway. At no point does the narrative spoonfeed its audience
, expecting it to keep track of the various allusions, plot twists and multiple layers of meaning. Apart from that, it has a dense visual style, as well. It rivals (if not exceeds) Watchmen
in terms of complexity and intricate World Building
For the Disney Channel Original Movie
, see Starstruck
It provides examples of:
- Action Girl: Brucilla the Muscle, Galatia-9.
- Alternative Calendar: The series takes place in (or shortly after) the first hundred years of "Anachera", so-named because of the lack of any one authority.
- After the End: By the time Starstruck takes place, a Nuclear War literally blew up half the planet. (Remember, the original comics came out in the '80s.)
- Anachronism Stew: The "production design" of the comic's clothes, technology and seetings mixes the present day, a Raygun Gothic Retro Universe look and high tech and futuristic, with a dash of Art Nouveau, giving it a unique look.
- The Chessmaster: Frankly, a big hunk of the cast, including (but not limited to) Glorianna of Phoebus, Ronnie Lee Ellis, Verloona...
- Eagleland: From what little we see of it, the surviving half of Earth resembles the stereotypical "Eagleland".
- Earth All Along: A particular planet gets mentioned a number of times without any reference to its former name of Earth. (But then, half of its landmass went ka-boom long ago.)
- Felony Misdemeanor: The young Galatia-9 gets given a hefty prison sentence for her graffiti poetry. However, her half-sister sets her up to get an even longer sentence.
- Future Slang: "Boot" for fuck. (Incidentally, art has turned into a literal dirty word.)
- Holographic Terminal: Pretty much ubiquitous to The Verse. Quite prescient, too, seeing as the first comics came out in the early '80s. (But Blakes Seven had them, too.)
- Ridiculously Human Robots: Averted in the case of the Erotica Anne dolls (they look human, but don't have independent thought).
- Robot Girl: The Erotica Anne series.
- Scenery Porn: Present on pretty much every page.
- Souvenir Land: The Anarchera era has its own cross between Dale Carnegie and Walt Disney, with his own theme park.
- Space Cadet: The young Brucilla in the Americadian Space Brigade. (Actually played straight for once, or at least as straight as Starstruck plays anything.)
- Stylistic Suck: The Purple Prose (and title) of Ronnie Lee Ellis' Hugo Award-winning Mind Spiders from the Planet Xenon.
- Used Future: Even in the distant future, a bohemian writer's living room looks pretty much like a bohemian writer's living room.