Ep.74 – Battle Beyond the Stars
Scotch, Soda and Ice
Battle Beyond the Stars
Battle Beyond the Stars is a 1980 American space opera film produced by Roger Corman, directed by Jimmy T. Murakami, and starring Richard Thomas, Robert Vaughn, George Peppard, John Saxon, Sybil Danning and Darlanne Fluegel. Intended as a futuristic "Magnificent Seven in outer space", the screenplay was written by John Sayles with the score by James Horner and special effects designed by future filmmaker James Cameron. In this episode we discuss the history of space opera technology and film style with reference to Star Wars, the narrative structure and writing style. With an appearance in Battle Beyond the Stars of a “sonic tank”, we dive into the very real weapon with the same effect and technology as shown in the movie.