THE NIGHTLY CHILL
By Steve Arviso
Space Ghost: The Motion Picture.
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I’VE GOT A RECEIPT! may have wrapped up for now, but later tonight you can CHILL with a new entry in FAN FICTION THEATER–SPACE GHOST: THE MOTION PICTURE!
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FAN FICTION THEATER – SPACE GHOST: THE MOTION PICTURE
While I never got the chance to watch either Space Ghost cartoon series when they originally aired on TV, I was fortunate enough to experience Space Ghost Coast-to-Coast during its original run. It was a show that was always as bizarre as it was hilarious. Its strange, atypical approach to comedy left its mark on me.
And whether it’s Space Ghost, Sealab 2021, Rick and Morty, or Unedited Footage of a Bear, I’m a huge fan of Adult Swim’s various series, shorts, and assorted one-off gags. And it still remains a personal and professional goal to create and produce my own series or one-off bit for Adult Swim. So, I guess that’s what eventually led me to writing this little love letter to a series and cast of characters who deserve another chance to shine.
A long, long time ago… he was a superhero, a television star, and a late-night talk show host broadcasting coast-to-coast. Today, he’s getting a reboot.
BEHIND THE MASK
We open with the main title sequence of the classic Space Ghost television show. A kinetic montage details the heroic exploits of intergalactic superhero, SPACE GHOST, his teen sidekicks JACE and JAN, and their pet monkey BLIP, as they fight against the likes of the evil ZORAK, MOLTAR, and BRAK.
This bleeds into a Behind the Music-styled documentary, BEHIND THE MASK, which uses a series of clips and interviews with former friends, family, lovers, and enemies to expose the dark truth behind both a once-beloved hero. Space Ghost’s heroic origins are revealed to be positive spin by Earth-based media after an overblown and wholly misrepresented incident with Brak. His resulting celebrity status ultimately leading to a series of product endorsements and two TV shows based on his heavily embellished self-edited adventures.
Both shows were marred in controversy–misrepresentation of events and individuals like Zorak, Moltar, and Brak; sexual harassment lawsuits by co-stars; and the tragic death of Blip the Monkey. And while the transition to late-night (as the host of Space Ghost: Coast-to-Coast) proved a successful rebranding for Space Ghost, that show was eventually pulled from the air due to the unprofessional behavior of its entire cast and crew.
Following the show’s cancellation, the cast and crew spiraled into obscurity. Brak was the only success story, getting his own sitcom and smartly investing his money into various business ventures. Meanwhile, Space Ghost struggled to remain in the lime-light. He briefly hosted Antique Roadshow, sold a small line of poorly made Space Ghost-branded products on QVC, and began appearing at conventions where he sells memorabilia, charges for photos and autographs, and attempts to worm his way into new projects.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN GLENDORA
Following another failed outing at a local collectible show, Space Ghost returns to the small, dank apartment he shares with BLIP #2. Along with Zorak and Moltar, the group run their own fledgling pop-culture blog and podcast. As they do so, they secretly record and upload Space Ghost’s crazed ranting and tirades to the internet.
The surprising popularity of these videos, mixed Space Ghost’s reflexive habit of signing anything for $10, prove incredibly valuable for Zorak, Moltar, and Blip #2. But Space Ghost’s new viral popularity also brings mainstream media attention, including BEHIND THE MASK, a rather negative VH1: Behind the Music-styled documentary.
With his stock slightly increased by a nostalgic and sympathetic public, Zorak and Moltar expand their small business by selling Space Ghost’s out-of-context videos, drunken voice messages, and assorted rumors to the tabloids for fun and profit.
Space Ghost eventually sees these photos and rumors in the tabloids while in the checkout line at a liquor store, losing his temper when he realizes that he was never paid for these photos. The subsequent taunting by CUSTOMERS and the CLERK, who only now realize they are in the presence of a failed-celebrity, despite his garish costume, only drive Space Ghost further over the edge. And a media circus erupts when he goes on a full blown rampage with his wrist blasters.
Thanks to the meddling manipulations of Zorak and Moltar, Space Ghost’s rampage is believed to be the result of drug and alcohol abuse. Because of this and his quasi-celebrity status, Space Ghost is court-ordered to attend rehab–specifically VICIOUS CYCLE, a new reality TV show centered around D-list celebrities largely focused on selling expensive stationary exercise bikes.
Space Ghost struggles to coexist alongside other troubled, struggling CELEBRITIES of varying fame who have all pulled their own crazed stunts to remain relevant, including some former guest stars of Coast to Coast. And a series of increasingly absurd and petty conflicts results in an explosive, violent showdown with a rival CELEBRITY jeopardizes Space Ghost’s freedom. But just when it seems as if Space Ghost is about to be kicked out of Vicious Cycle, the internet stupidly comes to his defense.
As Space Ghost returns to the public eye, Brak struggles to get his latest projects funded. And despite years of personal success and expensive therapy, he still holds a grudge against Space Ghost for the abuse he faced on the show.
Brak publicly reaches out to Space Ghost to help his troubled former co-star from meeting a similar fate as the original Blip. With Brak’s help, Space Ghost’s career reignites with guest appearances, a book deal, and even a potential biopic offer. And with Space Ghost’s help, and habit of signing anything for $10, Brak profits from an insane number of Space Ghost-centric productions.
Coast-to-Coast is revived as a segment on local TV, with Zorak and Moltar invited back to their old jobs. But as the show grows in popularity, Brak’s contributions are overlooked and he’s soon squeezed out of the picture.
Brak steers Space Ghost back into old habits–the parties, the women, the drinking and drugs. And just as Moltar and Zorak are finally, reluctantly forced to intervene, Blip #2 ends up in the hospital after a disastrous night out with Space Ghost.
With Blip #2 in critical condition and his career, Space Ghost opens up on live TV. His sincerity garners public support that keeps Coast-to-Coast on the air. Infuriated by Space Ghost’s continued failing upward, Brak snaps.
Brak goes on a rampage in Downtown LA. the next day, publicly taking credit for Space Ghost’s revived career and his recent downfall, including what happened to Blip #2. But while the world watches, Space Ghost couldn’t care less until he learns his segment has been preempted. And thus, Space Ghost and Brak face-off in a big, destructive showdown that puts Man of Steel to shame. But while the media and the world see a heroic battle a superhero and supervillain, Space Ghost and Brak are really just engaged in a petty war of words and egos.
With Brak defeated, the public at large immediately fall in love once more with their redeemed hero. Space Ghost’s misunderstood actions catapult him into A-list celebrity status, he receives a big-budget movie deal, and Coast-to-Coast is fully reinstated.
And among all this, Space Ghost still finds time for superheroic adventures. Or at least some media-friendly, staged battles with old frenemies, including Brak, to keep his public image and career going strong.
I’VE GOT A RECEIPT
The conclusion of an absurd tale of consumerism and cosmic horror.
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