Of all the entries in the home-video serial, this space-scramble bears the strongest resemblance to the series' model, STAR WARS (1977). For that derivative reason, this adventure may have marginally more appeal to the target audience of pre-teen sci-fi fans. Yet, like all JOSH KIRBY
exploits, this film lacks the blissful ignorance of 1940s continued-next-week escapism. Instead, it's more like that dweeby Spielbergian wannabe, EXPLORERS (1985).
Racing against time while crisscrossing the constellations, Josh Kirby (Corbin Allred), Princess Azabeth (Jennifer Burns), Professor Irwin 1138 (Barrie Ingham), and their pet fuzzball, Prism, continue their search for missing pieces of the Nullifier device. Their mission to beat grasping Zoetrope
(Derek Webster) in the Nullifier scavenger hunt is complicated by the onboard hatching of alien eggs from 70 million B.C.
Cuddly at first, the prehistoric gluttons soon take over the timepod, eating everything in sight. Crash-landing their disabled vehicle lets Azabeth rejoin her countrymen, led by Akira Storm (Steve Wilder). He has been scouring the universe for her while warding off the space enslaver Drednought
(Gary Kasper). Splitting the ranks of her people, headstrong Azabeth takes the side of her Earthling companions after Akira imprisons them for safe-keeping.
With Drednought bombarding them mercilessly, Josh hits on a plot to rid them of the gobbling egg beasts and defeat Drednought. Pied-pipering the munching mini-monsters onto a space vehicle, Josh launches them toward Drednought, who believes he's capturing Akira. Unprepared for the hungry eggsters,
Drednought beams down for a final duel, which he loses to Akira. Refusing to abandon her comrades in their mission to control mankind's destiny with the Nullifier, Azabeth resumes aiding Josh Kirby's time control spree.
THE NULLIFIER might be a good alternate title for this series, since it cancels out most forms of audience enjoyment--big-budget thrills, outrageous camp, thought-provoking sci-fi. But even if one can overlook the seams showing through the mise-en-scene and even if one can turn the other way as
each JOSH KIRBY installment bears a cheesy similarity to its predecessor, one cannot make excuses for all those dialogue-laden scenes. They jam on the brakes for action buffs with speechifying about the commandments of Azabeth's Kang religion, Josh's time-bending contortions, and the twisted
motivations of Nullifier-Bwana, Zoetrope. Talk, talk, talk.
Grownups who can shut out the sci-fi spacespeak will still suffer under the heavy combined hand of Irwin Allen and Sid and Marty Krofft, who seem to be the true inspiration for this series, a sort of Saturday morning live-action freak show at heart.
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- Released: 1996
- Rating: PG
- Review: Of all the entries in the home-video serial, this space-scramble bears the strongest resemblance to the series' model, STAR WARS (1977). For that derivative reason, this adventure may have marginally more appeal to the target audience of pre-teen sci-fi fa… (more)