The B Movie Review for 2020

The bad guys are on the cover because the good guys are forgettable.
Oblivion (1994 viewed on Tubi)
This is a 1994 cowboys and aliens flick set on distant planet in the town of Oblivion.

The Good:
When the future meets the West, the villainess Lash (Musetta Vander), there's a story under the unneeded jokes used for all of the recognized stars.

The Bad:
If you removed the joking nods then this could've been a mildly passable upper echelon B. Takei stumbling out of the bar with Jim Beam, taking a big gulp, looking at the bottle, and saying, "Beam me up Jim," is just cringe inducing. Julie Newmar hissing and clawing at people is just... well... sad... The movie was going for these jokes with intention but there is an actually interesting premise to the whole thing that could have worked as a serviceable template to a decent movie.

Is it any good?
The machine AI doesn't agree with humans mining the world and knows that it can be turned off so he holds the main scientist's estranged wife hostage in order to impregnate her and transfer his conscious into the child.

Should you watch it?
YES. This is a good one.

Cowboys and Aliens on another planet in a town called Oblivion. It's got a green lizard skinned man, Meg Foster (Masters of the Universe) as a cyborg deputy, Julie Newmar (Batman TV show Catwoman) as a feline-like brothel owner called Miss Kitty, George Takei (Star Trek TOS Sulu) as a country talking drunk doctor, and so many other pop culture nods to the shows that these actors played in. If you removed the joking nods then this could've been a mildly passable upper echelon B. Takei stumbling out of the bar with Jim Beam, taking a big gulp, looking at the bottle, and saying, "Beam me up Jim," is just cringe inducing. Julie Newmar hissing and clawing at people is just... well... sad... The movie was going for these jokes with intention but there is an actually interesting premise to the whole thing that could have worked as a serviceable template to a decent movie.
I'd have to say Lash (Musetta Vander) is the only one that seemed to have real fun with it and had a character that didn't riff on some past character in some way. Good to know that her character is in the sequel which has to be mandatory watching now.

Overall... it's not unwatchable.  It's a middle B for those who like the B movie universes.


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