This week, the big movie in theaters in director Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens, starring Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, and Harrison Ford. But I remember fondly another film with a similar concept, 1994′s Oblivion starring a slightly less a-list cast in George Takei (Sulu from Star Trek), Richard Joseph Paul, Julie Newmar (Catwoman from the Adam West Batman), Isaac Hayes, and Andrew Divoff.
I sought out the film at the time as Oblivion was written by my favorite writer growing up, self proclaimed “writer of stuff” Peter David (stuff including TV scripts, screenplays, comic books, Star Trek novels, various novelizations, etc.). When I watched the movie back in the mid-90s, I loved it. Cheesy sci-fi/western with cheap effects and plenty of Peter David dialogue that probably looked better on paper than when delivered by b-actors (“I don’t want to hurt anyone. But unfortunately you happen to be standing right where my gun’s about to go off”).
I do not think I’ve seen the movie in 15 years, and I’m hesitant to endorse it based on the trailer (below). Man, does it look really bad, and the only slightly amusing lines are George Takei’s Star Trek puns. Still, my nostalgia compels me to pick up the DVD and relive the good times, great memories of the original cowboys and aliens:
Slightly bigger budget here:
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