Rifftrax Live: Starship Troopers, a little too spaced out

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Two decorated officers of Nerd Reactor squad suited up for a night of Rifftracking comedy via the 1997 masterpiece, Starship Troopers. The only question in our minds before shipping out was whether or not it was going to be a war worth fighting. Having returned safely and only a little battle worn, read on to hear of our heroic exploits.

For those of you who aren’t aware of Rifftrax, it’s a comedy group that also served as voice actors for the hit show Mystery Science Theater 3000. As you’re watching a not-so superb movie, the Rifftrax crew makes jokes about it. Starship Troopers is a cheese-tastic movie, so it’s a perfect fit for them.

The group made all sorts of jokes about the movie itself, and at times, the actors involved (poor Denise Richards). During the scene in which Rico is semi-unrealistically flipping around on a hard-floored court for space football glory, the group commentated on his luck of finding the invisible trampoline. Denise Richards received a hearty jabbing or six, turning her into an air-brained smile robot (or were they simply pointing out the truth?).

All in all, there were at least fifteen really good laughs throughout the movie, with about a dozen and a half smaller successes. There were plenty of times when the audience was in an uproar, but somehow I felt like there should have been more. Let me explain.

When you watch a Rifftrax’d movie, essentially you are not watching the original movie; it’s just there to be made fun of. If you were watching the original movie, you’d be invested in the story, the characters, the plot, the jokes–all of the elements that you’d expect to keep you entertained. However, during a Rifftrax’d movie, the weight of entertainment rests almost entirely on their shoulders. They are making up their own plot, creating their own characters, and their own recurring jokes; so it’s really important that they stay as consistent as you would expect any other film to be.

Call me greedy, but even though their jokes hit about sixty percent of the time, it wasn’t as much as I would have liked. I still enjoyed the highs, but there were more lulls than desired. I still had a good time though, and I’ll be in line for the group later this year when they go live with Night of the Living Dead on October 24th.

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Ryan Southard is a video game enthusiast, dissecting games down to their tiniest details. Whether it's new or it's old, as long as it's awesome, he'll play it. Follow him on Twitter at @Ryan_Southard <a href="http://nerdreactor.com/about/">Meet the Nerd Reactor Team</a>