Superman II Movie Minute #6 – The Dark Side of the Moon

SUPERMAN II MOVIE MINUTE #6 - The Dark Side of the Moon

Fire and Water Network All-Stars Chris Franklin and Rob Kelly bring you SUPERMAN II MOVIE MINUTE, where they analyze, scrutinize, and you'll-believe-a-man-can-fly-ize the classic 1980 film starring Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, and Terence Stamp, five minutes at a time!

In minutes 25:00 - 3000, the Phantom Zone villains attack the humans on the moon!

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9 responses to “Superman II Movie Minute #6 – The Dark Side of the Moon

  1. This sequence was definitely shot by Donner. You can tell the difference in HOW Zod, Ursa, and Non are portrayed.

    To me, the Phantom Zone Criminals were never as big of a threat under Lester, compared to Donner. When they finally arrive on Earth, I felt Lester overplayed the comedy of them being like fish-out-of-water. I didn’t take them as seriously as I should have… Especially Non, who becomes more of a comic relief character, as opposed to a big, hulking force of nature.

  2. I know it’s a bit off topic but I hope you guys consider doing an episode on the Last Son storyline from Action Comics that was written by Donner & Geoff Johns. It finally brought the film version of the Phantom Zone villains into the comics. I always assumed it must have been legal issues with Puzo or the Salkinds that prevented this from happening sooner. I always liked how Zod & Ursa’s son was incorporated into the continuity.

    I’d also love to hear your thoughts on the Steve Gerber/Gene Colan Phantom Zone miniseries from the early 1980s. It was moody, dark, & unlike anything else being done with the Superman books during the era.

  3. Ursa was definitely the scariest of the villains. On the one hand, undeniably beautiful and sexy to me at 12. Oh the other, delighting in inflicting cruelty and death. The two extremes were pretty frightening on the big screen. She struck me as a serial killer in her attitude and taking trophies (the badges) from her victims. All of the villains were intimidating, of course, with their power and callous attitudes. But Ursa, *shudder*.

  4. I wonder when the mission control footage was shot and by which director. Caroline Munro said she had to turn down Ursa to take the Spy Who Loved Me, but Shane Rimmer had a fairly large role in Spy

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  5. Your talk about Non driving the moon rover reminded me of a conversation I recently had with a friend of mine. He had been volunteering at a museum of antiques autos, and had posted a video riding in a 1916 Model T. I asked him if he had the opportunity to drive it, and he said that he hadn’t because its much too complicated! Then we talked about stories (mostly SF) where characters are able to easily operate strange vehicles, not built for or by their species, with no problems! In this case, my friend was confronted with 100-year-old technology, and even though he can repair autos and read English and knows how to drive, he admitted that this would take a lot of practice.
    But Non, the super-genius, can operate the moon buggy.

  6. I really enjoyed your discussion of the three Phantom Zone criminals. I hadn’t real thought of it before, but they kind of form a strange, twisted family with Zod as the mature parent, Ursa as the rebellious but insecure teenage daughter, and Non as the child, who just likes playing with toys.

    It makes me wonder how inherently evil Ursa and Non were, before meeting Zod. In my mind, I can imagine Zod first finding Ursa and Non as two vulnerable individuals, who he deliberately twists into their current evil selves, as he “empowers” them and gives them a “purpose” in life. That idea makes Zod that much more evil to me, and lends a tragic tone to Ursa and Non’s stories.

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