With the recent release of Iron Sky by Timo VuorensolaæI thought I’d revisit one of his earlier forays into the world of spoof cinema withæStar Wreck: The Pirkinning Review, Samuli Torssonen, 2005! WARNING: What follows contains graphic references to Star Trek and Babylon 5 Star Wreck: The Pirkinningæis initially set on Earth with Captain Pirk and his crew stranded in the 21st Century after travelling back in time to save mankind. Stranded they wait for the day when intergalactic travel is due to be invented and to their horror no one invents it. Pirk then decides it’s time to take matters into their own hands and collaborates with the Russians to invent intergalactic travel. Subsiquently Pirk takes over the planet and declares himself Emporor. Spurred by a desire for conquest the crew take to space to find other planerts to conquer and add to their ‘Federation’. Eventually they find a ‘Maggot Hole’ in space that takes them to a parallel universe where they encounter the Babel 13 spacestation. The station, run by Commander Sherrypie, refuses to bow to Pirk’s incoming ‘P-Fleet’ and what ensues is an epic battle to answer that age old question. ‘Who would win in a fight, Star Trek or Babylon 5?
The thimg to keep in mind while watching this film is that it was made on a budget of just 15,000 euros and the cast is entirely made up of Finnish sci-fi fans and friends of teh director, therefore the acting does leave a little to be desired, except the few moments when a mannersim of speech pattern of a known character rings true. The story though is well thought out and has plenty of nods to both Star Trek and Babylon 5, openly poking holes in plot lines and making fun of bad costumes.
For a film with such a limited budget they do do a fantastic job on the ships, ok some of teh movements are a little jerky but they do satisfy the idea that they have been made using todays available materials.
Overall this film has numerous points that should render it unwatchable, but there is something about it that ends up being rather satisfying.