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BearyScary2014-03-13 01:34:23

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Cinematech Episode 240: “Teenagers from Outer Space

An ep featuring clips from yet another unlockable B-movie from Destroy All Humans!: Teenagers from Outer Space. In this 1959 B-Movie film, two teenage humanoid aliens infiltrate Earth to study its potential as a ranch for "gargons", but one of the aliens, Derrick, has kindness and compassion towards other living beings, which catches the disapproval of his partner.

Timecode: 0:28: A request from viewer Kalas673—the intro to Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean. This 2004 RPG, one of the few for the GameCube, was co-developed by tri-Crescendo (who later went on to make Eternal Sonata) and Monolith Soft (Xenosaga trilogy, Namco × Capcom and its sequel Project × Zone, Xenoblade Chronicles, a mystery project codenamed X for the Wii U) and published by Namco. This was an RPG with a card-based “Magnus” fighting system where cards could evolve into other cards, such as a milk card transforming into a cheese card over time, and other types of food can rot. Ew! The music was done by longtime Tales Series composer Motoi Sakuraba.

5:12: The scene where the aliens touch down on Earth in their flying saucer. A curious dog approaches the saucer, only to be disintegrated by the alien commander's gun, which looks like a modified flashlight. Poor doggy. At least it wasn't as nasty and drawn-out as the scene with the chestburster-infected dog in Alien3. That was just gross. Derrick objects to such acts of wanton destruction and argues with his commander that, while foreign to them, it still had life, and that made its death unnecessary.

Derrick ultimately escapes from his team, but they try to bring him back because he is the son of their leader. The leader reluctantly tells the commander that if they can not retrieve Derrick due to him resisting them or fighting them, then they must eliminate him and any living creatures that he comes into contact with. One of the other aliens, Thor, volunteers to go hunting for Derrick with a tone of voice that clearly looks forward to any potential violence to come. These aliens say they are the superior species, but they like to kill each other just as much as we humans do.

12:39: The decent CG intro to Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick (2003) on the Xbox. There have been a few Evil Dead games over the years, and none of them were rated very well. I'm sure you're surprised.

If you were reading Electronic Gaming Monthly at the time, then you may remember a really butthurt letter that they got from a perturbed reader over this game. They thought it was unfair that they gave A Fistful of Boomstick low ratings in comparison to Silent Hill 2, which they thought was disappointing compared to the first game, and the Dragon Ball Z Budokai game. Ah, but the folly of Fan Dumb. None of us are immune to its stupefying seductions.

16:17: Derrick has learned that he is the leader's son and has turned himself over to stop his fellow aliens from killing any more of the humans he has interacted with. Derrick never knew before the commander went looking for him that he was the son of the leader.

16:59: The amusing ad for the original Super Mario Kart on the Super NES.

19:44: The end of TfOS where Derrick sacrifices himself to destroy himself and the other aliens so that their fleet will not invade Earth. They show a ghosted image of Derrick's face in the sky, and he says, “I shall make the Earth my home. And I will never, ever leave it.” D'aww. It's kind of like the ending of Van Helsing. Sooo cheesy.


Mar 13th 2014 at 7:49:42 PM
From what I recall, A Fistful of Boomstick was the worst of the series. Combat was basically, as Adam Sessler put it in his review, "chop chop hack hack boom".