|Riffed by||Mystery Science Theater 3000|
|Riffers||Mike Nelson, Tom Servo played by Kevin Murphy, Crow T. Robot played by Bill Corbett|
|Date Released||November 8, 1997|
Space Mutiny (also known as Mutiny in Space) is a 1988 South African science-fiction action film about a mutiny aboard the spaceship known as the Southern Sun. It was riffed by Mystery Science Theater 3000 and aired on the Sci-Fi Channel in November 1997.
Preview and DescriptionEditThe Southern Sun is a generation ship, or a spacefaring vessel that contains a large number of people, whose mission is to colonize a new world. Its voyage has lasted generations, so many of its inhabitants have been born and will die without ever setting foot on solid ground. This does not please the antagonist, Elijah Kalgan, who conspires with the pirates infesting the nearby Corona Borealis system and the ship’s Chief Engineer MacPhearson. Kalgan hatches a plot to disrupt the Southern Sun’s navigation systems and use the Enforcers, the ship’s police force, to hijack the ship and direct it towards this system. At this point, the inhabitants of the Southern Sun will have no choice but to accept his "generosity".
Kalgan sabotages a key part of the ship just as an important professor's shuttle is on a landing trajectory. The loss of guidance control causes the ship to explode. The shuttle's pilot, Dave Ryder, is able to escape, but the professor dies in the explosion. This sabotage seals off the flight deck for a number of weeks, which gives Kalgan the opportunity to attempt to wrest control. With the Enforcers in his hand, and with the flight deck out of commission, he holds the entire population of the Southern Sun hostage. Commander Jansen and Captain Devers enlist Ryder’s assistance, aided begrudgingly by Jansen’s daughter Dr. Lea Jansen, to regain control of the ship.
Cast and CrewEdit
- Reb Brown as Dave Ryder
- John Phillip Law as Flight Commander Elijah Kalgan
- Cameron Mitchell as Commander Alex Jansen
- Cisse Cameron as Dr. Lea Jansen
- James Ryan as Chief Engineer MacPhearson
- Graham Clark as Captain Scott Devers
- Billy Second as Lieutenant Lemont
- Gary D. Sweeney as Ranger