\"Earthmen on a fabulous, peril-journey into outer space!\".Captain Adams and the crew of the Starship C57D fly towards planet Altair 4 in search for the Bellerphon spaceship that has been missing for twenty years. To their surprise they are already being expected. A classic science fiction film from 1957 starring Leslie Nielsen.
Released in 1956, 'Forbidden Planet' opens with the narrator informing the viewer that in the last decade of the twenty-first century man had landed on the moon, reached other planets by 2200, and then light-speed was discovered, which enabled intergalactic travel. Although the writers missed their first prediction by a 100 years or so with the Apollo 11 moon landing taking place July 20, 1969, the creative team's forward thinking about the future created an intriguing, influential science fiction film that saw former B-movie material given first-class treatment.
Led by Commander John J. Adams (Leslie Nielsen), the United Planet's C-57D Spacecruiser is on a reconnaissance mission to Altair IV, 16 light years away, to follow up on the Bellerophon, a ship whose crew was sent on an expedition to colonize the planet, though no one reported back. Once in orbit, they make radio contact with Dr. Morbius (Walter Pidgeon), who warns them to stay away from the planet. However, the commander has his orders.
The effects work is well done as the ship moves believably through space and down to the planet's surface. The commander and a couple of his men meet with the doctor and his 19-year-old daughter Altaira (Anne Francis, as the song \"Science Fiction Double Feature\" from 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' states). Her introduction generates a storyline that is a tad silly and dated by today's standards. The writers exhibit a '50s mentality towards the sexes as Lt. Jerry Farman (Jack Kelly) becomes overwhelmingly infatuated with her, and naturally not being around other men before, she is eager to learn what kissing is and swims without a suit.
The doctor reveals an extinct race known as the Krells lived on the planet and they were one million years further evolved than humankind. Although we don't see them, the large triangle-shaped doorframes they devised provide opportunities for the viewer's imagination. The Krells had amazing technologies and once the Commander learns of them like a typical military man he wants to confiscate them on behalf of the United Planets, but Morbius refuses.
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As the episode starts, Zapp Brannigan is holding a court martial in the Planet Express Ship, which has new engine nacelles on its sides. Kirk is heard preparing his stardate log, only to reveal he and the rest of the cast of Star Trek are in the ship as heads in jars. Zapp arrested Fry, Leela, Bender and the actors from Star Trek for going to the forbidden planet, Omega 3. Fry appears on trial first, looking paralyzed in a wheelchair. Zapp tells the possible charges (twelve concurrent death sentences), and Fry responds using beeps, saying he does understand. However, when he is asked if he pleads guilty, he does two beeps (meaning no), but Zapp assumes he said a \"double yes\" (one beep meant yes). Zapp is about to get his gun, but he gives Fry a chance to explain the situation. He does, in beeps in morse code, telling the story.
A few days ago, the Professor took a brief nap so the crew went to the video renting store to only get six movies. Fry suggest to get the first six Star Trek movies, but when Fry say the words \"Star Trek\", an alarm is triggered, and everybody in the store (except Fry) got down on the ground. Leela whispers to Fry saying that the words \"Star Trek\" are forbidden. When they heard a patrol car coming, the crew stuffed Fry into Bender and walked out of the door.
Zapp stops Fry's story so he can learn more of these forbidden words. He lets Nichelle Nichols explain why. She explains in a video that the show was banned after Star Trek became an entire religion in the 23rd century. It was banned because the world leaders were threatened by its influence, and they killed all the Star Trek fans by dumping them into a volcano (as befits virgins), and the last copies of the 79 episodes and 6 movies were rocketed to Omega 3. Zapp then described the situation to be a \"brutal and shocking injustice he cared so little about.\" Next, he calls Bender to the stand. Fry, as it turns out, was faking looking like he was paralyzed and easily let Bender up to the stand while he beeps the next part of the story.
When they got near the planet, Leela lost control of the ship and they crash landed on the planet. When they got out of the ship they discovered sets from the show. Overcome with nostalgia and sadness, Nimoy wished the cast members were there. Suddenly, the cast from Star Trek with bodies (and with a new actor named Welshy, who replaced James Doohan) step out of the \"Guardian of Forever\" set. They said they were on their way to Welshy's cousin's house when their ship was pulled down into the planet and crash landed, and when they woke up, they had bodies. They explained that they loved the planet, as everything was provided for them, and they never age. When Leela asked who's doing this for them, they explain they never really thought about it (they're used to this treatment, being celebrities). Then a big, green energy being name Melllvar came out and said he was the one doing everything for them. Bender thought he was a cheesy effect and doubted his powers. He then showed his powers by zapping lightning and killing Welshy.
Melllvar then showed his powers again by giving Nimoy a body. He explained that centuries ago the rocket that was filled with the tapes crashed on his planet and he watched them over and over. He claims he has an encyclopedic knowledge of Star Trek. Fry steps up and said he knows more then Melllvar. This makes him mad and he blasts Welshy's dead body again. Melllvar stated that he's been waiting for Nimoy so he can start his Star Trek Convention. But when Nimoy asks how long it will last, Melllvar shocks everyone saying \"until time stops.\" One part of the convention featured a trivia contest between Fry and Melllvar. Fry got more points than Melllvar, who got mad and stopped the trivia contest. Next, the cast had to perform his fan script. Melllvar didn't want to ruin the ending so he made Fry, Leela and Bender to go wait in their ship. This was a perfect chance for the crew to escape, and they easily did, but reluctantly. They refused to just leave the celebrities there, so they made a plan involving blasting engine power to Melllvar, causing him to explode (like putting too much air in a balloon). While the cast rehearsed, the plan backfired as Melllvar absorbed the energy and dragged the ship back to the planet and broke their engine. Melllvar then became confused on who he should worship, the actors of Star Trek (fake heroes), or the Planet Express crew because of their (real heroes) brave efforts to save them. He then made the crew and the cast fight to the death. In one part of the fight Leela and Shatner were fighting on a cliff, but then they made out on the cliff. The fight was getting pretty brutal until Melllvar's mother came out and said it time for dinner. Fry couldn't believe he was just a child, but his mom corrects him saying he's 34. This was a perfect time for the crew and cast to escape. Their ships were both flawed, with the Planet Express ship's engines out, and the cast's ship's life support out, so they fused the engine nacelles onto the Planet Express ship.
When they tried to escape, the new engines weren't strong enough, and the ship was too heavy to launch, so the actors ditched their bodies and put their heads in jars but kept the tapes (since the ship was now more than light enough to launch). While in space, Melllvar got into his spaceship and started shooting at their ship. All seemed lost, until they encountered the Nimbus. Leela thought they were saved, until Zapp arrested them for entering the forbidden zone.
That was the end of the testimony. Zapp then asks what happened next and Leela says \"you started this stupid court martial\" and that they are still being attacked by Melllvar. Right when Melllvar is about to finish them, they are about to destroy both ships using the auto-self-destruct sequence, but Fry questions why Melllvar wants to kill them despite how much he likes them. Melllvar says it's because he doesn't know what to do without them. Fry then gives him advice, telling him a TV show can't be his entire life. Melllvar thinks about it, and he takes his advice, starting by moving out of his parents' basement and maybe getting a temp job. He thanks Fry, and he returns back to his planet (but he manages to finally outsmart Fry in Star Trek trivia for the first time before he flees, laughing in a geek-like tone). The cast then wonders if Melllvar was truly evil, considering he gave them eternal life and numerous perks, concluding he was a blessing. But they catch on when Fry tells them that all they had to put up with was one really annoying fan, and Shatner says \"let's get the hell out of here,\" and they return home.
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