Heavy Metal (1981) (part 7 of 9)

One of the pilots asks if there’s any “Plutonian Nyborg” left. Of the future! He pushes the button on the compartment it’s in, then kicks it when it doesn’t open, which I guess is supposed to be funny somehow. He then spreads the white powder all over the floor, and everyone can probably see where this is going, but they still try to milk the joke by having the other pilot tell him to “go for broke.”

So after the riveting scene of watching this guy spread wacky sci-fi cocaine all over the floor, the two of them shout, “Nose dive!” and walk around snorting it all up. That’s the whole joke. They get back to work, and we see a gratuitously psychedelic sequence with all kinds of colors and explosions and space debris, and also the USS Enterprise is thrown in, complete with clearly visible serial number. And you thought The Final Frontier was the worst movie you’d ever see that ship in.

Caption contributed by Ryan

This is pretty much how I imagine the writing room on this movie.

Caption contributed by Ryan

”My agent is so fired!”

The pilots manage to navigate around all this debris perfectly, so I guess the coke doesn’t impair them too much. But the movie just can’t leave well enough alone, so we end the sequence with one of them saying, “Oh wow! Good Nyborg!” Thanks, I really didn’t understand the point of the scene until hearing that.

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Ryan Lohner

Ryan lives in Sparta, New Jersey, a quaint little burg without much for kids to do except go to the movies. Thus began a lifelong love affair, as even back then he grew to love examining why a film worked, or didn't. He is a member of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, and currently studying for a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science. His hobbies include running, piano, and annoying people with that damn lowercase forum user name.

Multi-Part Article: Heavy Metal (1981)

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