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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.

May 072010

In the action comedy movie Suburban Commando, wrestling superstar Hulk Hogan stars as Shep Ramsey, an intergalactic warrior on the run from bounty hunters after escaping from his nemesis General Suiter (William Ball). Shep’s ship runs out of power and he must recharge it on Earth. Even though Shep hates earthlings, he makes the most of it.

After Shep lands on Earth, he finds himself in an abandoned skating ring. Then he walks through a suburban neighborhood, but looks too conspicuous in that armor. So he takes some clothes from a guy who was mistreating a dog. The transition was so quick and smooth, it’s funny.

Shep finds an apartment for rent and that’s where he meets mild mannered architect Charlie Wilcox (Christopher Lloyd), his wife Jenny (Shelley Duvall, who I remember best as Olive Oyl from Popeye the movie), and their two kids, Mark (Michael Faustino) and Theresa (Laura Mooney).

Charlie is uneasy about Shep, so he snoops around in his stuff and finds all sorts of unusual weapons. Later that evening he follows Shep into town. Shep has quite a few misadventures that are hilarious. Some of my favorites include a car alarm that irritates Shep, so he breaks it. “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.” And there were also a couple of times when Shep meets a mime and “helps” him out. “Glad I could help.”

Meanwhile, Charlie messes around with Shep’s armor and loses one of his weapons to a couple of thugs. Shep gets angry when he finds out and makes Charlie help retrieve it. As it turns out, the power sources are traceable and now the bounty hunters from outer space Knuckles (Tony Longo) and Hutch (Mark Calaway) have come for Shep. I guess the flying skateboard wasn’t too conspicuous?

Those bounty hunters are a couple of really bad dudes who would destroy the world just from listening to ice cream trucks. Talk about sensitive. It’s hilarious when the bounty hunters stop at a drive thru in a “Just Married” car and blast the speaker who annoys them. Surprisingly, they have wimpy voices. “No wonder you guys never talk.”

After Shep defeats the bounty hunter tag team, General Suiter comes to Earth and kidnaps Charlie and his family to get to Shep. Then it all comes down to the final confrontation between Shep and Suiter. It gets even more exciting when Charlie comes to Shep’s aid.

I met Christopher Lloyd at the 2010 Vulcan Events Convention in Tampa. He was a nice guy. After getting my photo with him, my sister and I went to his Q&A. I asked Christopher Lloyd what it was like working with Hulk Hogan in this movie. He just laughed and said, “It was a farce. I mean, the Hulk is the Hulk.” He also remembers sitting in the dressing room with Hulk and some of his friends, who had smaller parts in the film. They were like 250-300 pounds, which made him feel like a midget. However, he has no regrets about this movie. Hulk Hogan was great to work with and felt that it was a wonderful and unique experience.

This is a real classic movie. Hulk Hogan is a great comedic actor as well as a great wrestler.