(with short: Century 21 Calling)
Summary: As is the case with
most of our films, everybody's depressed in The Space Children. A bunch of guys are working on "The
Thunderer," a new kind of nuke; they live in piping hot
trailers on a desolate California beach with their wives and
children. Everybody hates everybody; the most cheerful
character is a racist xenophobe played by Jackie Coogan.
Prologue: Servo has a kissing booth, and Mike buys a budget kiss, only $49.99.
Segment One: Pearl wires the castle and the SOL with a new phone system, so she can take over the world better with more efficient officing. It doesn't work very well.
Segment Two: Mike silently imitates the grinning, pointing star of the short. Crow and Servo take him down, hard.
Segment Three: Mike and the 'bots fail to launch a model rocket, although they do succeed in blowing up Mike. Pearl has a real rocket and plans to launch Bobo; to train him, she spins him in a faulty centrifuge.
Segment Four: Crow introduces a sexy fashion line of very skimpy fashions meant to be worn by Jackie Coogan.
Segment Five: The blob from the movie shows up and makes Servo destroy his nuclear weapon. Pearl launches the rocket but Bobo's not in it. It destroys the castle and kills them all. Or does it?
Stinger: Russell Johnson staring.
really is true that the one thing uniting our films is
depression. In at least 70 percent of them the characters
are just dejected, and they live in brown, stultifying
surroundings. The most famous example is perhaps
High School Big
Shot, a movie we did several
years ago on some other cable channel in which the last
image is a guy hanging (by a rope, I mean, around his neck)
from his dining room chandelier.