Episode 13 – Comedy on the Death Star

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What would it be like to entertain the stormtroopers with a stand up gig on the Death Star? You know the Empire has its own galactic version of the USO and working on the Death Star can’t be the most exciting job in the world. Sure, you get to blow up occasional planets and transfer bad hombres to the detention block, but walking those long, sparse hallways gets tedious.

On this episode of So Bad It’s…we talk through what a stand up comic might go through on the galaxy’s ultimate weapon. And in a future episode where we might showcase a 15-minute Star Wars stand-up act, if we can actually come up with the material. Worst case, we just X-Wing it.

 

Episode 1 – Gamera Super Monster

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Gamera: Super Monster should be so bad it’s mind-blowing. The pieces are there: rubber-suited monsters, bad dubbing, blatant Star Wars and Superman ripoffs, an endless supply of plot holes, ‘special’ effects, space women and a kid running around in brown shorts playing the Gamera theme on an organ whenever convenient.

Does it deliver? That’s what we discuss in the first episode of our new podcast, So Bad It’s… (@sobadcast on Twitter), which you can listen to above. Gamera: Super Monster is a bit of a greatest hits mash-up in that the big green, fire-spewing turtle battles all the enemies of his previous films in a series of shoe-horned stock footage clips. They’re sent forth by Zanon, a faceless villain who basically hangs out in space for the entirety of the movie in his Mazda™ Star Destroyer.

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This movie was apparently an attempt by studio Daiei to forestall bankruptcy (surprise! it didn’t work), hence the massive use of stock footage. According to Wikipedia, only about two minutes of new Gamera footage appears in this thing.

What do you think of Gamera: Super Monster, or Gamera movies in general? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to follow us on Twitter.


If you want to know more about Gamera and other kaiju films, don’t ask us! You can, however, follow Kyle Yount’s very excellent Kaijucast, where Kyle and his friends tackle a different Gamera and Godzilla-style movie and offer the latest news each month. It’s worth checking out even if you’re a casual fan like us.