Space Mutiny (1988) (part 3 of 7)
And now we meet our last main character, MacPhearson, played by small-time martial arts actor James Ryan. Ryan, as we’ll soon see, is an unabashed ham. Just by himself, he makes me glad I bought the uncut movie, because a lot of his most enjoyable moments were cut from the MST3k version. And by “enjoyable”, I mean, “would be irritating in most other contexts, but actually improves this movie”.
MacPhearson is Kalgan’s right hand man, and the two of them gloat about all the residual damage their little act of sabotage inflicted. MacPhearson happily (and dramatically!) notes that no one’s getting on or off the ship for two weeks as a result.
Kalgan responds with a big speech that reveals his entire motivation.
Not to belabor the point, but if all he wants is to “set [his] feet upon a real world”, along with all the decadent capitalistic benefits that come along with that, what’s stopping him? Apart from the fact that he just blew up the exits and they’re all trapped aboard for two weeks.
Speaking of which, how does this act of sabotage force the ship to “alter course” for anywhere? That’s a rhetorical question, by the way, so you don’t have to think of an answer. The movie sure won’t.