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Starships were meant to fly.
posted by Sokka shot first (61 comments total) 71 users marked this as a favorite

 
Yeah!
posted by MartinWisse at 2:19 PM on October 27, 2013


MUCH better than the original video to that song
posted by genmonster at 2:20 PM on October 27, 2013 [2 favorites]


I love this song way more than I care too admit, and this video is perfect.
posted by lunasol at 2:21 PM on October 27, 2013 [5 favorites]


The credits at the end made the song worth listening to, just wished I'd thought to mute the sound - then it would've been perfect!
posted by matty at 2:33 PM on October 27, 2013


Jesus, I want to toss that music out an airlock.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:35 PM on October 27, 2013 [6 favorites]


Very good, but no Lexx, so - Oooh, Archer!
posted by BinaryApe at 2:36 PM on October 27, 2013


It's also worth watching the amazing monochromatic remix of that vid by Jetpack Monkey, here.

And the side-by-side comparison can be found here so you can see how closely they match!

(There are passwords to unlock the vimeo feeds on those pages).
posted by instead of three wishes at 2:45 PM on October 27, 2013 [10 favorites]


I am almost speechless with delight. The temptation just to fill a post with 'aaaaaaaaaah' is huge.
I will say it's a pity there's no Red Dwarf or Cowboy Bebop, but you can't have everything.
posted by HypotheticalWoman at 2:49 PM on October 27, 2013 [4 favorites]


So perfect. Good editing, interesting grouping, major nostalgia moments.

The Wall-E moment and the song were made for each other.

(I was hoping for the Last Starfighter Gunstar myself.)
posted by CaseyB at 2:49 PM on October 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Sci-fi supercut music videos are magic. This one pairing Star Trek TOS with "Tik Tok" proves how awesome original Trek was even as it uses one of the worst songs in human existence. Amazing.
posted by greenland at 2:51 PM on October 27, 2013 [9 favorites]


Gah, I wish reality would get its finger out and catch up to our imagination.
posted by Caskeum at 2:51 PM on October 27, 2013 [2 favorites]


I love this kind of fanvid. Along with "Tik Tok", "Last Friday Night" with Star Trek TOS is great fun.
posted by dreamyshade at 2:54 PM on October 27, 2013


The original gets a slight meh from me, but the monochromatic—oh my.

I was watching for a glimpse of my beloved Ikarie XB-1, and there it was.

Hell, Raumpatrouille Orion was icing on that gorgeous grey-toned cake.
posted by sonascope at 2:59 PM on October 27, 2013


The nerd in me is compelled to point out that the ships from 2001, Apollo 13, Archer, Firefly, and Sunshine were not technically starships.
posted by CaseyB at 3:00 PM on October 27, 2013 [5 favorites]


I loved this!

But where's my Jodie Foster? Shaking in a chair going "I'm A-A-A-O-O-K," cut to her crying like a little girl at the sight of a galaxy, cut to her gently dropping into an alien Pensacola, then cut to Hadden floating and smiling in the space situation? There, I fucking storyboarded it for you.
posted by phaedon at 3:03 PM on October 27, 2013 [5 favorites]


This is one of my favorite fanvids of the past couple of years, to the point that just hearing the song makes me smile. All my favorite space shows! :D
posted by yasaman at 3:04 PM on October 27, 2013


God I hope this doesn't get taken down. This is really well done.
posted by justkevin at 3:05 PM on October 27, 2013


This is great, thank you!

To add to the list, my favourite sci fi compilation video of all time: Space Girl.
posted by fight or flight at 3:06 PM on October 27, 2013 [6 favorites]


The Livejournal post and accompanying comments are well worth reading, too.

This video has become my go-to video when I try to explain fanvidding.
posted by jiawen at 3:07 PM on October 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


I needed this today. So much nerd happiness in three and a half minutes!
posted by cmyk at 3:08 PM on October 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


The nerd in me is compelled to point out that the ships from 2001, Apollo 13, Archer, Firefly, and Sunshine were not technically starships.

Serenity was either a starship or it existed in some weird as hell alternative universe where a single solar system could have one hell of a lot of inhabitable planets.
posted by localroger at 3:14 PM on October 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Also I am totally pumped to see that this video included sendups like Spaceballs as well as the "serious" stuff.
posted by localroger at 3:16 PM on October 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


More than anything, this is making me desperate to see Nikki Minaj do a guest-spot in Star Trek.
posted by Greg Nog at 3:20 PM on October 27, 2013 [5 favorites]


PIGS...IN...SPAAAAAACE!
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 3:20 PM on October 27, 2013


The STTMP scene and the inclusion of Anil tells me this is not a drill.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 3:22 PM on October 27, 2013


Serenity was either a starship or it existed in some weird as hell alternative universe where a single solar system could have one hell of a lot of inhabitable planets.

Not an alternate universe, just an alternate solar system reached by generation ships. Serenity itself is purely for planet hopping.
posted by CaseyB at 3:23 PM on October 27, 2013


I remember seeing this the first time it went around and I'm shocked it wasn't posted then. It's pure awesome joy.
posted by immlass at 3:25 PM on October 27, 2013


I was just watching a documentary this morning on the Hubble Telescope and the questionable decision they made to point the Telescope to a dark part of space previously thought to be empty. What they found in 2004 was the Ultra Deep Field. The light of 16,000 galaxies landing on a man-made CCD.

That light travelled 13 billion years to get here. The universe wants to be discovered. This video really struck a sentimental chord. In this context, these shows are more than entertainment, they are our collective dreams.
posted by phaedon at 3:25 PM on October 27, 2013 [3 favorites]


I'm glad Forbidden Planet made the cut (although it really should have been the landing sequence)...
posted by jim in austin at 3:25 PM on October 27, 2013


When this song came out I listened to it quite a few times and imagined a Star Trek supercut in my head. Especially the "Let's do this one more time" line always reminds me of the beginning of every single Star Trek movie ever. So yes I'm glad someone actually did it.
posted by bleep at 3:26 PM on October 27, 2013


Plenty of Firefly and a strategically placed Wall-E shot. I approve.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 3:32 PM on October 27, 2013


Oh, and not quite the same thing but in the same spirit: Tiger by Amari
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 3:34 PM on October 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Brandon Blatcher: "Jesus, I want to toss that music out an airlock."

I got about fifteen seconds into it before I hit mute. No idea what that song was and don't really want to find out. The video was cool though.
posted by octothorpe at 3:37 PM on October 27, 2013


Not to get too technical, but Firefly does count as a starship: the 'Verse in the Serenity universe is a multi-star system, each with its own planets. They just happen to be very close to each other.

I should add, Nicki Minaj is a guilty pleasure for me, so chock another one in the "liked it" column.
posted by AzraelBrown at 3:37 PM on October 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Not a single frame from a Star Wars Prequel... and not a fuck was given.
posted by butterstick at 3:52 PM on October 27, 2013 [6 favorites]


The nerd in me is compelled to point out that the ships from 2001, Apollo 13, Archer, Firefly, and Sunshine were not technically starships.

Agreed. But the nerd in me is compelled to say, "Second star to the right and straight on till morning."
posted by Celsius1414 at 3:55 PM on October 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


I am in love with this, of course. And the Tik Tok one.
posted by Artw at 4:03 PM on October 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


But where's my Jodie Foster?

SECONDED.

If the Tardis counts as a starship for the purposes of this vid, so does the Machine.

But seriously, I love this thing to itty bitty pieces. Also Star Trek Tik Tok. So great.
posted by Narrative Priorities at 4:20 PM on October 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


I thought the sequence of...well...falling-down/wreck/taking damage scenes were particularly cool - like dance moves, except shit is falling apart around you.

Which, given some clubs I've been to, is rather apt...
posted by Thistledown at 4:31 PM on October 27, 2013


Actually, I quite like that song. Interesting rhythmic devices, which, er, counterpoint the surrealism of the underlying metaphor.
posted by officer_fred at 4:34 PM on October 27, 2013 [7 favorites]




To add to the list, my favourite sci fi compilation video of all time: Space Girl.

One thing lead to another and I was reminded that Babylon Zoo existed - share that knowledge with future generations as a grim warning.
posted by Artw at 4:34 PM on October 27, 2013


I love bironic's vids, and this one never fails to fill me with space-glee.
posted by northernish at 4:41 PM on October 27, 2013


from a Star Wars Prequel

What's that ? I don't recall any of those ever being made.
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 4:48 PM on October 27, 2013


What's that ? I don't recall any of those ever being made.

One of those weird nasty rumors that come around every now and again, like Matrix sequels and the Republican Party.
posted by Celsius1414 at 4:53 PM on October 27, 2013 [4 favorites]


Cool video - major tugging of the heart strings. Some great memories there.

Also: mmmm, Alan Tudyk.
posted by darkstar at 4:56 PM on October 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


This was awesome.
posted by So You're Saying These Are Pants? at 6:30 PM on October 27, 2013


Anyone ever considered how literary snobbishness about science fiction is kinda analogous to rockist snobbishness about pop music?

Anyway, this video is like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a blend of two joyous flavours, each very different and wonderful on their own, yet fitting so naturally together.

Now, someone make a follow-up using "Pound the Alarm."
posted by erlking at 6:37 PM on October 27, 2013 [6 favorites]


> (I was hoping for the Last Starfighter Gunstar myself.)

I think you mean Death Blossom!
posted by planetesimal at 7:14 PM on October 27, 2013


Just waiting for the Honor Harrington movie. Then it can be people sitting around to see if their missiles hit the other ship. Or dying.
posted by sonic meat machine at 7:18 PM on October 27, 2013


Excellent. Not enough Kara Thrace, but then there will never be enough Kara Thrace for me.
posted by Cuke at 7:35 PM on October 27, 2013 [2 favorites]


It is just this side of possible that this vid had me dancing in my chair.
posted by allthinky at 7:45 PM on October 27, 2013


It has Pigs in Space, so it has my seal of approval.
posted by happyroach at 10:42 PM on October 27, 2013


"... The universe wants to be discovered. ..."
posted by phaedon at 6:25 PM on October 27

But, boy, if we're its discoverers, via Hubble, there just isn't enough empathy on Earth to appreciate what a sad, tiny, dismal fate to which this poor Universe has come. Jesu Christo, there isn't enough water and salt in all our oceans to make the necessary tears to be cried.
posted by paulsc at 12:01 AM on October 28, 2013


To add to the list, my favourite sci fi compilation video of all time: Space Girl

Yes. That made me a fan of The Imagined Village. And then I learned that the original song was actually written for a parody sci-fi musical by two ex-pat red folkies back in the fifties.
posted by MartinWisse at 12:29 AM on October 28, 2013


Well, that just made my Monday morning.
posted by ambivalentic at 1:35 AM on October 28, 2013


> "But, boy, if we're its discoverers ... there just isn't enough empathy on Earth to appreciate what a sad, tiny, dismal fate to which this poor Universe has come."

Eh, we're not so bad.

Sometimes we make neat videos.
posted by kyrademon at 6:26 AM on October 28, 2013


Glad to see so much of the greatest Star Trek movie ever made: Galaxy Quest.
posted by plinth at 6:50 AM on October 28, 2013 [5 favorites]


So awesome! Also, I always think about Honor Harrington space battles when I play Space Empires 4x. I would definitely watch an HH movie, at least once.
posted by feersum endjinn at 3:30 PM on October 28, 2013


I was delighted that Heston was included.
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere at 9:11 PM on October 28, 2013


The "ships falling into vortices" bit cried out for a Black Hole clip.
posted by Skorgu at 9:24 AM on October 29, 2013


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