Journey Into Hilarity
Transolar Galactica is a sci-fi comedy web series that satirizes popular tropes of genre icons such as Star Trek, Star Wars, Firefly and Battlestar Galactica.
Written by Clancy Bundy and Adam Harum, the series recounts the adventures of the crew of the S.S. Transolar as they traverse the galaxy epically fumbling one mission after another.
Led by the arrogant and inept Captain Remmingtion Trigger (Isaac Joslin), the rest of the crew includes:
- Petty Officer McCall (Adam C. Boyd) The constantly beleaguered ship's engineer
- Security Chief Reginald Murdock (Clancy Bundy) A testosterone-riddled, shoot first ask questions later macho man
- Samson (Adam Harum) The meek communications officer with a mysterious past
- Pilot Charles Sang-Soo Yasaki (Jade Warpenburg) The rational and lone voice of reason aboard a ship of misfits
The first season of the show is comprised of ten episodes averaging between 3 and 7 minutes in length. Each installment is a stand alone episode, which makes the series very accessible to new viewers.
Let me just say, Transolar Galactica skillfully succeeds in poking fun at the most popular, nonsensical cliche´s of beloved sci-fi franchises.
For example, one episode addresses the illogical risks the command staff take in going on almost every away mission. On other hilarious occasions, you witness what really happens when a space vessel is pushed beyond its physical limits.
Even the show's terrific cinematography is, in part, a send-up of one of J.J. Abrams' widely ridiculed directorial affectations.
However, the lynchpin that makes the humor work is the performance of Mr. Warpenburg as Pilot Yasaki.
His rational objections to the absurdities around him make for humorous contrasts - and serves to drive home the satire.
Without his straight-man reactions, most of the comedy would fall into unfunny, over-the-top camp.
A Skilled Crew
On the production side, the show features striking sets, costumes, and visual effects (especially the virtual computer screens and controls).
What makes the production value all the more impressive is the entire first season was produced on less than a shoe-string budget.
The eye-popping results serve as a testament to the exceptional skills and talents of all involved.
The official series trailer is available for viewing below:
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