March 6, 2015

Spaceballs: The Podcast

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(Editor's note: Sorry for the delay on this week's episode. Sometimes life happens and, as much as I'd like to do this all the time, I'd also like to keep a roof over my head, so I need to maintain an actual paying job. At any rate, it shouldn't happen too often. Thanks for being patient. Also, there was over three hours of audio to edit. I did what I could, but it still clocked in at just over two hours. - Derek)

This week the guys sat down to talk about the Mel Brooks classic Spaceballs starring Bill Pullman, Daphne Zuniga, Rick Moranis, John Candy, Joan Rivers, and, of course, Mel Brooks, who pulls a double role as both President Skroob and Yogurt.

Our heroes, ladies and gentlemen. Vespa looks particularly stunning.
It's a wonderfully funny spoof of science fiction movies, with Star Wars being the primary target. When Planet Spaceball starts to run out of air for reasons that are never actually explained, President Skroob (Brooks) sends his evil second-in-command, Dark Helmet (Moranis), to capture Princess Vespa (Zuniga) so they can use her as a bargaining chip in order to steal the air from her homeworld, Planet Druidia (a matte painting).

Vespa's father, King Roland (played by Dick Van Patten) contacts rogue smuggler Lone Starr (Pullman) and his partner Barf (Candy) to rescue the princess from the Spaceballs. Along the way, they meet Yogurt (still Brooks), who trains Lone Starr in the ways of the Schwartz (and merchandising).

No joke here. I just want that doll.
Naturally, wackiness ensues.

As far as the episode itself, insanity reigns because this was the first time the guys tried watching the movie independently before getting together to talk about it. This may have something to do with why the show is as long as it is this week. But a lot of ground gets covered! Or it might have something to do with a simple two-word joke that resulted in the largest number of cuts to an episode that they have had yet. YOU GOT A PROBLEM WITH THAT?!

"No, sir!"
Jake is excited because he finally finds a use for the vast library of quotes from this movie that he has stored inside his head. Really. We're all excited for him. Now, if only we could find a way to monetize it.

Larry is heavily medicated throughout the episode, as he had injured his knee (for the third or fourth time since Derek has known him), but still manages to be the most thorough and organized of the group this week.

Derek is easily the least prepared this week, but since he owns all the equipment and is the only one who knows how to run all of it, the others couldn't kick him off the show. Also, his big contribution to the show consists of an idea for possibly the most disgusting commercial they have managed yet.

"Pizza WHAT?"
Along the way, there's a tribute to Leonard Nimoy in The Lobby, some new movies in Coming Soon, Larry's List, and Derek introduces his game show for the week: What's THAT All About?

So go to ludicrous speed and download this week's episode of Here Be Spoilers! And may the Schwartz be with you!