YMMV / Space Mutiny

  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Any scene featuring the Bellerians with their strange dances and poses for no discernible reason.
  • Cliché Storm: Many tropes show up in the film seemingly just because other, better movies used them, too.
  • Complete Monster: Elijah Kalgan is the leader of the conspiracy to take over the Southern Sun, so he can use it to land on another world and sell the populace not in his conspiracy into slavery. To do this, he kills 38 Enforcers to consolidate his power in the group, commits acts of sabotage that cost several lives and kills anybody who happens to get in his way. Anybody who displeases Kalgan is kidnapped and tortured, being shot into space after giving all information of use and cryogenically frozen if of more use in the future. After David Ryder puts a stop to Kalgan's scheme, Kalgan and the remainder of his men blast their way through a crowd of scientists to get to his foe.
  • Cult Classic: Thanks to MST3K, of course.
  • Fetish Retardant: Lea's dance scene.
    Tom Servo: She's presenting like a mandrill!
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The fact that all of the space shots are recycled from the old Battlestar Galactica is pretty funny to begin with, but it all got even funnier — or at least, that bit more ironic — when the final season of Battlestar Galactica (2003) had a major arc involving, yes, a mutiny in space aboard Galactica, which was also spearheaded by a power-hungry Machiavellian type and a trusted member of the crew who walks with a pronounced limp. Plus, the Captain bears an uncanny resemblance to the Galactica 1980 version of Adama.
    • All the jokes about how the inside of the ship looks like a brewery are even funnier in light of the 2009 Star Trek film, in which the engineering section of the Enterprise really is a Budweiser brewery.
    • An infamously low-quality science fiction work about a colony ship protected by a hero named Ryder?
  • Memetic Mutation: Courtesy of Rifftrax doing a live show of the film, fans have started putting Ryder's infamous scream face everywhere.
  • Mis-blamed: David Winters is credited as the Director despite the fact that Neal Sundstrom really directed most of the film and a third, uncredited director was responsible for the stuff with the Ballerinas.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Elijah Kalgan crosses it when he reveals his plan to sell the majority of the population of the Generation Ship he's on into slavery after he takes over.
  • Narm:
    • All over the place, but one moment where Ryder screams before jumping out of the speeder stands out.
    • The scene where Engineer Parsons gets killed was no doubt intended to show a principled officer meeting a savage end at the hands of the mutineers. In practice, it comes across more like a bunch of school bullies beating up a whiny kid for his lunch money.
      Crow (as one of the mutineers): Rip his band uniform! Then he'll have to pay for it!
    • The floor buffer chases, which we can clearly see are moving slower than walking speed.
    • Klagan laughing at random moments. It's just....so out of left field and odd.
  • Nausea Fuel: Plenty to go around.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The whole movie can be likened to an expensive cheese: smelly, but quite enjoyable if you're in the right mood (or paired with a good wine).
  • Special Effect Failure: Much of the action takes place in a treatment plant with visible sunlight. Bricks in the walls are visible in many of the shots.
    • Not to mention the Enforcers' "Speeders", which are either golf carts, floor waxers or "Hervé Villechaize's death car[s]" capable of "reaching speeds of 3!"
    • Even the titles aren't immune to this trope, looking as if they were produced on a Commodore Amiga Video Toaster by someone using it for the very first time. (And that's an insult to the Video Toaster, which defaulted to better graphics that the super-blocky text on the screen.)
    • Plus they had to swipe footage from Battlestar Galactica! *sheesh*! Also, many of the costumes are so stupid that even a 1950's B-movie sci-fi character would be embarrassed to wear them!
  • Squick. Lea's totally-not-obvious seduction of a pudgy henchmen.
    • Hell, every time Lea tries to be sexy.
  • Strawman Has a Point: The movie tries to present the mutineers as evil, but look at it from their perspective. They didn't choose to spend their entire life on a ship - that decision was made for them. Space is clearly inhabited beyond the Southern Sun, so why aren't people who want to leave allowed to just leave? It's not hard to see the mutineers as simply trying to escape the flying jail they were unlucky enough to be born in, even if they are going about it in a bad way. It's not helped that the argument against them is melodramatic and poorly stated at best, or non-existent at worst. The best the movie can muster is that the mutineers are wrong because their plans go against some nebulous, ill-defined "law of the universe."
    • Kalgan admits during his Motive Rant that his primary goal is to "accumulate wealth and power" rather than achieve freedom, so it's a stretch to claim he's anything but evil. The other mutineers might be more idealistic but we don't hear anything from them.
    • Apparently some dialogue was trimmed from the MST3K cut that stated that Kalgon & MacPherson were going to sell everybody in the ship to the Space Pirates as slaves.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Lt. Lamont. Doesn't help that the actor/actress is named Billy Second.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: James Ryan, an accomplished martial artist, is cast in the role of a crippled man who is barely able to walk.
  • The Woobie: Poor Steve.
    • Lt. Lemont, the only ship's officer with an IQ above room temperature... though this is undone by her amazing and unexplained return from the dead.