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Stingray Sam is a six-part 2009 Space Western musical written by, directed by, and starring Cory McAbee. They also made The American Astronaut.

Stingray Sam, a lounge singer on parole on Mars, finds himself invited 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!



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  • Batter Up!: Stingray Sam's "Asking Stick" is a baseball bat he uses to placate unruly customers.
  • Bounty Hunter: The Quasar Kid turns out to be one.
  • 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.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: Fredward's attraction to the Quasar Kid after the latter dances at his party (not to mention that Latex Spacesuit he wears). Then there's all those rich men having kids with each other.
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  • Incredible Shrinking Man: Mass matter compression is used to put people inside the Tiny Little Robot.
  • Industrial World: Spoofed with Durango, a planet of rocket builders which after an economic slump turns into a planet of criminals and then a planet of prison factories (in which they build rockets).
  • Look Behind You: How the Quasar Kid abducts Stingray Sam. With his own Asking Stick, no less.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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 Last Job and Stingray Sam pays his debt to society.
  • 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.
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: Fredward has spent his entire life surrounded by sycophants praising everything he says. As a result he thinks his thoughts are divinely inspired. When they object to the Quasar Kid however, Fredward has them all arrested for trespassing.
  • Protagonist Title: "Stingray Sam".
  • 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".
  • Scifi Writers Have No Sense Of Scale: 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.


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