Posted in Fantasy, Film, LGBTQI+, Science Fiction

I Sense a Disturbance in the Force

May the 4th has come and gone. You’ve marathoned the movies. Maybe you’ve read the comics or one of the novels. Perhaps you’re still working through Star Wars: Jedi Survivor. But you’ve still got a hankering for even more content like Star Wars. Don’t worry! I have a few suggestions.

Spaceballs (DVD/Blu-ray)

Spaceballs is a comedy classic. Arguably, it’s my favorite of Mel Brooks’ films. It hits just the right blend of slapstick and satire. There’s a great merchandizing joke in the film that feels so appropriate with just how much Star Wars merch there is these days.

Dune by Frank Herbert

Dune hits so many of the same checkboxes as Star Wars. Science fiction setting where melee is prioritized over guns, check. Mystic order that teaches otherworldly powers, check. Prophetic hero, check. Desert planet seems to be everyone’s fixation despite it apparently being a terrible place to live, check.

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Season 11

This recommendation is a bit different than the others. For those not familiar with the premise of Mystery Science Theater 3000, the show follows Jonah who is forced to watch awful movies along with his robot pals who make jokes the entire time. So the recommendation is for a specific episode in season 11. Episode 6 has Jonah and the bots watching the 1979 film Starcrash. Starcrash is a blatant Star Wars ripoff that doesn’t spend nearly as much time polishing its worldbuilding and has special-effect aspirations that exceeded its budget. It’s spectacular if you’re a fan of B-movies.

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

This book follows a swordswoman in space who has to protect a bone witch seeking to become the servant of a powerful emperor all while set in space. I’m getting serious Sith vibes from this book. But only if the Sith were all necromancers from different houses that specialized in different types of death magic. Needless to say, this one is on my to-be-read list.