The Old Fan’s Commentary On Target Earth - Tales From SYL Ranch - 2017-09-17

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The Old Fan's Commentary On
Target Earth
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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. This is an ad removal plug-in available for your browser.

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 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.

I TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR VISITING THE LINK BELOW WITHOUT UBLOCK ORIGIN INSTALLED.

Version with correct aspect ratio:

Links Mentioned In the Podcast

Deadly City by Ivar Jorgenson (Paul W. Fairman)

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