Episode 612: The Starfighters
First aired: Comedy Central on 29 October 1994
Availability: iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Amazon (Volume 12), Rhino (Volume 12), Best Brains (Volume 12)
|Into the Wild Blue Yonder!|
The thought of the power and destruction the Air Force can rain down upon the enemy is amazing. The powerful planes that streak across the skies. The crews that plan and execution their mission. The entire operation and results from the Air Force give an American a great sense of pride. Yes, the United States Air Force rules the skies wherever they go.
Even the Air Force Song conveys the strength and power of that branch of the Armed Services.
Off we go into the wild blue yonder, climbing high into the sun. Here they come, zooming to meet our thunder. At 'em boys! Give 'er the gun! Down we dive, spouting our flame from under. Off with one helluva roar! We live in fame or go down in flame. Nothing can stop the U.S. Air Force!But, the Air Force used to have another song. Remember that one?
They took the blue from the skies and a pretty girl's eyes and a touch of Old Glory's hue, and gave it to the men who proudly wear the U.S. Air Force blue.Not quite as impressive, is it? Harmless little ditty, but not quite on par with The Marine Hymn, Anchors Aweigh, or The Army Song. Not like The Air Force Song (Wild Blue Yonder).
Yes, there are some scenes of Lockheed F-104 aircraft in flight and practicing missions "spouting ... flame from under." And refueling. And refueling again.
Yes, the F-104 served the Air Force for over a decade, and was used by NASA into the 1990s. But, we get treated to refueling.
And more refueling.
And then they refuel some more. And ... well, they make flying boring.
|Crow and Servo debrief Mike. Literally.||The United Servo Academy Men's Chorus|
|Servo and Mike dance.|
The movie's actually kinda boring. Oh, sure, there are some scenes where the Starfighters tear the hell out of some practice targets on the ground, but they are of a documentary type of film, not an entertainment film. So, the lack of entertainment is understandable. But, yes, they do show very realistic scenes, because they're real. And, yes, planes do need to refuel. We just don't need to see it. Not that much of it.
There are a couple of Host Segments that are enjoyable. Of course, the United Servo Academy Men's Chorus is a treat. And Crow and Servo debriefing Mike by ... removing his briefs. And, then there's Servo trying to log on to the "Information Superhighway" in the opening. I remember those days.
A good episode with a boring movie, lots of fun riffing, and fun segments.