Saturday, June 27, 2009

(28) Turist Ömer Uzay Yolunda (a.k.a. Turkish Star Trek)

28

This is a Turkish comedy made in 1973. It is one of a series of comedic stories about Tourist Omer:
Golden Age
Turist Ömer Uzay Yolunda (71 minutes) Rating: 4

Without English subtitles:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dBN5tCqWU0 (1:13:21)

With English and Russian Subtitles:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rc3CfHfNmXg (1:12:18)


Turist Ömer Uzay Yolunda one of a number of films about a character who is a Turkish hobo and his adventures. Here, he is picked up by the Enterprise.

A Review:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0182503/

Thanks to Michael Hudson of Star Trek: Intrepid for pointing to this film, which is not really so much a Star Trek fan film as a curiosity.

Thanks also to eMBee who noted that the links I had here prior to 2014 had gone bad, and for locating these new links.

This film is fun and engaging. It starts out by stealing a real TOS episode, but then turns it into its own thing... and steals from a few other TOS episodes! I enjoyed the whole very earthy and realistic interaction between the Turkish hobo who is a character out of 19th Century fiction... maybe the 18th century... and the Star Trek environment. There are some sets which blend in so well you don't realize they've switched to sets from the real ancient ruins which dot the Turkish countryside until a secret door opens. I don't think there is any other Star Trek film where any character keeps asking questions of Allah and thanking Allah. It sets the stage, is well written, well acted, funny. There is an unimportant weakness in the transporter effects. Frankly, I didn't care a bit. The real problem with this film has is the editing, and that problem is severe. It's MUCH too long. For the first half hour I thought I had a 5, but by the end I was wondering if it should be rated a 3. It also is weak on the suspension of disbelief. (I'm not sure it's any worse than the Harry Mud episodes.) It doesn't make a point. But by mixing an old fashioned unlucky screw up with the Enterprise crew, it's fun. Because of the fact that it's just plain fun, it scratches out a rating of a solid 3.5 or just barely 4.

Side questions: Is this the first time live action TOS was recast in a full length episode?

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Turist-Omer-Uzay-Yolunda/177201015648086

This background looks a little like ancient Troy... for TNG... Diana Troy in Troy... the empath that launched 1000 starships?

3 comments:

  1. both video links no longer work, here new ones:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dBN5tCqWU0
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rc3CfHfNmXg

    greetings, eMBee.

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  2. Thank you! I've removed the dead links and replaced them with your excellent replacements!

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