The Old Fan’s Commentary On
You’ve never heard of Target Earth? It’s not surprising. Target Earth was a 1954 science fiction B-movie. However, unlike most B-movies, it has a medium-sized budget (for a B-movie). It’s well-written, well-directed, and well-produced.
It’s the precise opposite of The Old Fan’s Commentary On Plan 9 From Outer Space.
Target Earth is based on the novel Deadly City by Paul W. Fairman. Based on trailers, it looks like a standard B-movie with giant robots and death rays. I approached it assuming that it was a goofy, hopefully so-bad-it’s-good film.
Nothing could be further from the truth. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this is one of the better B-movies. It’s not about robots and death rays, though they do appear. The film is really a character study about how different people react in extraordinary circumstances.
Join us for a date in 1954 while we watch Target Earth.
Link To Target Earth
There are several versions of Target Earth on YouTube and elsewhere. Any that I checked were in the wrong aspect ratio. This is probably something you need to buy.
I found one copy on a very shady website.
WARNING! WARNING! DANGER, WILL ROBINSON!
If you go to this link, you must have the uBlock Origin or a similar ad-blocker. uBlock Origin is a free ad removal plug-in available for your browser. If you don’t, you’ll probably see porn ads and pop-ups.
You can find uBlock Origin in your browser’s add-on repository. If you install it, you will never see another ad on the Internet. It blocks everything, including popups and ads inside YouTube videos.
Install it and see the Internet the same way I do: ad-free.
The site linked-to below is absolutely one for which you should use uBlock Origin.
Version with correct aspect ratio:
Links Mentioned In the Podcast
Deadly City by Ivar Jorgenson (Paul W. Fairman)
- Novel: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/32705
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