It’s mid-week and time to set the Wayback Machine for Wayback Wednesdays (hosted by A Well Read Woman). The meme was originally intended to look back at the books we’ve read that have made a lasting impression on us. But I’ve expanded my responses beyond just books to other forms of pop culture. This week, I want to take a look back at a movie that celebrated its 30th anniversary last year and that I saw when it was originally running in theaters: The Last Starfighter
The Last Starfighter centers on Alex, a young man who lives with his family in a trailer park. Alex has big dreams of getting out of his home town and making something of himself, but he’s frustrated when a loan doesn’t come through. Little does he know that his ticket out of the trailer park lies in a video game that he sits outside the convenience store at the trailer park entrance. Alex is very good at Starfighter, one night setting a new high score on the machine and defeating the game.
A few hours later, a strange visitor in a strange car shows up looking for the person who beat the machine. Before Alex knows it, he’s being swept off into outer space. Turns out the video game was a test to try and find an Earthling that is a candidate to become an actual starfighter and join the armada to defeat the evil Zurg. Like all good b-movie villains, Zerg has his heart set on overthrowing the forces of good and has teamed up with a group of heavily made-up baddies to do just that. Continue reading