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    Explorers

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    From The Film Bin at filmbin.podbean.com:

    The Film Bin Crew have returned to the films of Joe Dante for his 1985 effort ‘Explorers’, which has more backstory to it than a dozen other movies! It’s Abi’s choice so listen in as she and Oli talk over a film that was part of their VHS childhoods, just as it was so for so many other people!

    It’s a curious film, one that was hit by a serious change in its production schedule, and one with a calamitously confusing and partly improvised spaceship sequence near the end that almost ruins it all. However, it is one of the rare optimistic science fiction films, which must not be forgotten! Also, it has Robert Picardo in multiple roles, which is never a bad thing. Never.

    Points of interest: How little reference the film makes to ‘Star Trek’, the aforementioned schedule squeeze, the impressive hit rates of its child actors making it through to adult success, the evil Trisha, “the dreaded twenty minutes of Wak”, the perils of optimistic tempting of fate in films, Jerry Goldsmith, and the problems with Dick Miller’s character Charlie. Also, Oli keeps messing up Ben’s name and calling him Darren, oddly, and makes a mistake about ‘Cheers’. Ben’s brother in ‘Explorers’ was the first person to speak in ‘Cheers’, not the second.

    The Crew were watching region 1 NTSC DVD versions of ‘Explorers’, paused to begin at black at 00:00:00 on the video track. For more fan commentaries for film and television from around the world, check out www.zarban.com, Zarban’s House Of Commentaries. We ran out of funny things to say about Zarban weeks ago, but if he’s really a space alien with hands on his antennae, we wouldn’t be surprised!

    Recorded: 14 June 2015.

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