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May 112012
 

There are many sci-fi films that indicate that we are not alone in the universe. One that really shows it is Men in Black, which is about a secret agency that protects the Earth from various alien threats called MIB for short.

Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) is one of the top agents of MIB. After his old partner Agent D (Richard Hamilton) retires, he’s in need of a new one. Of course, MIB only recruits the best of the best of the best.

Soon, Agent K discovers a potential new partner, James Darrel Edwards III (Will Smith) of the NYPD. He actually chased down an alien criminal on foot, which very few people can actually do. I can still remember how hilarious Edwards was during the chase. Everyone in the theater was laughing loudly.

The head of MIB is Chief Zed (Rip Torn). He provides the new recruits (Edwards included) a series of tests to see which government trained expert is the most worthy, starting with the struggle to fill out a form without something hard to write on. I don’t know why Zed couldn’t have just provided a table.

It appears that Edwards passed all of the tests, but he’s uncertain whether or not to accept because there’s a major catch to being an MIB agent. No one can know that you exist and everything in your personal file will be erased. Edwards soon accepts and becomes Agent J.

Agent K shows Agent J around MIB headquarters, where humans and aliens coexist easily. They also keep aliens that are in human form under surveillance, wherever they are. I couldn’t help but notice that Steven Spielberg and Sylvester Stallone were among them.

Edgar

The main enemy alien Agents K and J face is Edgar the Bug (Vincent D’Onofrio), who is after something called the galaxy in order to conquer the Arquillian race with Earth as the battleground. Agents K and J are now on the case to find the galaxy, but have no clue what it is.

Luckily, with the help of morgue worker Dr. Laurel Weaver (Linda Fiorentino), they find a clue from one of the Arquillians, who was killed by Edgar. “To prevent war the galaxy is on Orion’s belt.” It’s not much to go on since there is no galaxy on the constellation of Orion’s belt.

To make matters worse, the Arquillians threaten to destroy the Earth if the galaxy is not returned to them. Thanks to the hot sheets, which are actually supermarket tabloids, Agents K and J manage to identify Edgar. They arm themselves, but all Agent J gets is the little noisy cricket gun. As silly as it looks, the noisy cricket is actually a very powerful weapon.

Agents K and J soon discover what the galaxy is, but Edgar finds it first and kidnaps Dr. Weaver. Agents K and J do catch up to Edgar as he tries to escape the planet and reveals his true form. I can remember the struggle between Agent J and the bug alien had won an MTV Movie Award for Best Fight back in 1998.

This was a good movie that was the start of a popular franchise. What gets me is that all of the MIB agents are only identified as a letter of the alphabet. So does that mean there are only 26 agents in the entire agency?

One last item: There’s also a Men in Black attraction at Universal Studios called Men in Black Alien Attack, where you get to shoot invading aliens all around Manhattan. It’s like being on an MIB adventure, only with a scoreboard, but mind all the spinning around the vehicle will do on occasion.

 

Apr 082011
 

The subject of aliens from outer space usually raises the question, “Is there intelligent life on other planets?” In reality that’s still unknown, but when it comes to the sci-fi genre, there are many types of alien species and planets outside the solar system. Basically, they are just like anyone else. Some are good and some aren’t. Here are a few examples of cosplay alien characters from MegaCon 2011. They include Jedi knights from Star Wars, a killer martian from Mars Attacks, and Supergirl.

That’s just the beginning. These are my top ten favorite aliens in pop culture.

#10) Alf from Alf: His real name is Gordon Shumway from the planet Melmac. After Melmac exploded, lone survivor Gordon goes to Earth and was adopted by the Tanner family. There he was renamed Alf, which stands for “Alien Life Form”. His presence is kept a secret from most people, but Alf’s comedic antics always get him into trouble. Just make sure he doesn’t eat the cat.

#9) Frank the pug from Men in Black 2: He’s a talking dog, who is actually an alien in disguise. Frank is knowledgeable and witty, but annoying toward Agent Jay. Isn’t he just cute in that suit, especially when he wears sunglasses?

#8) Dr. Zoidberg from Futurama: This lobsterman is part of the Planet Express crew as a doctor, but isn’t very bright. Zoidberg is comedic and will eat anything no matter how disgusting it is.

#7) Kang and Kodos from The Simpsons: These brother/sister aliens are space travelers, who visit Earth on every Tree House of Horror episode. Whether it’s for a cameo or as part of one of the three tales, these two comedic creatures always look for a way to conquer the Earth. They like to laugh, but do they have to constantly drool? It’s disgusting.

#6) Krang from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (80s version): He’s the top warlord of Dimension X, but was zapped from his body when he was given the boot. Now Krang is an alien brain with an android body. He’s also a brilliant mad scientist, who works with the Shredder to try and conquer Earth and get revenge on the turtles. Krang hardly leaves the technodrome, but he’s a much tougher opponent than he appears to be.

#5) Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) from The Fifth Element: She’s a modelesque alien, who struggles to adjust with the customs and language of Earthlings. However, Leeloo is intelligent and strong, which is important for she is the Supreme Being.

#4) Sil (Natasha Henstridge) from Species: Earth scientists engineered this modelesque alien with DNA from another planet. Sil is intelligent and strong, but also a predator who only wants to procreate. As a human she may be beautiful, but as an alien she’s as creepy as she is dangerous.

#3) Shep Ramsey (Hulk Hogan) from Suburban Commando: He’s an intergalactic warrior, who ends up stranded on Earth. As much as he hates Earthlings, Shep tries to adjust. When faced with a problem, how he solves it always ends up with hilarious results, even when he does something heroic.

#2) Goldar from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Now here’s an evil alien, who is hard to beat, but exciting in battle. Goldar is the strongest warrior to serve Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd. He’s fierce with a sword and likes to talk, but once Goldar feels that he’s losing the fight, big or small, he always retreats before the rangers get the chance to finish him off.

#1) Gonzo from The Muppet Show: For years he was only labeled as a “Whatever” or a “Weirdo”. Then in Muppets from Space, Gonzo was finally revealed as an alien. That might explain his unusual tolerance for pain and strange taste in women, but there’s more to Gonzo than what species he is. Gonzo is also a daredevil artist. As creative as his acts are, most of them backfire. However, it doesn’t stop him from coming up with something dangerously new.