Posted by: ckckred | June 24, 2012

Airplane II: The Sequel suffers a bad case of sequelitis

An unfunny rip-off of the original, with the same story but none of the original charm

When Airplane II: The Sequel came in 1982, it was almost instantly forgotten.  In fact, if it wasn’t for the first film, no one would have remembered this. And that would be a good thing.

But really, Airplane II should have never been made.  The people who made the original Airplane!, Jim Abrahams and David and Jerry Zucker, were smart enough to decide not to make a sequel.  Unfortunately, Paramount was greedy enough to do it without them.  The result is pretty much the same thing as Airplane!, except without the laughs.

In the film, the moon has been colonized and the spacecraft, the Mayflower One, is ready to go from Huston to the lunar base.  Captain Clarence Oveur (Peter Graves), First Officer Dunn (James A. Watson, Jr.), and Navigator Dave Unger (Kent McCord). Elaine Dickinson (Julie Hagerty), the flight attendant in the first film, is on the crew as well and has left Ted Striker (Robert Hays).  Striker has been declared mentally ill after failing a test launch for the lunar shuttle.  Striker escapes his asylum, however, and buys a ticket on the shuttle.

And, like the first, all havoc appears.  The shuttle goes astray and starts heading to the sun, ROC, the ship’s computer who is a parody of HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey, kills off the captain, a passenger on the airplane has a time bomb. And of course, it’s all up to Striker to save the day, just like the original.

Airplane II: The Sequel just tries to be the same thing as the original film with the same story and cliches.  It doesn’t try to do anything new or exciting and has almost the exact same plot.  At one point, Elain says, “Haven’t we been through this already?”

I would have liked the movie more if it had been a parody of sequels.  Indeed some parts do make fun of sequels (in one shot there’s a poster for the movie Rocky XII with Rocky as a really old man), but it never seems to realize that it’s a bad sequel itself.  Instead, Airplane II is a parody of disaster and action movies, just like the first, except it feels old quick.

Not only that, but most of the jokes in Airplane II are ripped off from the original.  In one scene, the movie show a clip from the original where about twenty people start slapping a passenger who starts screaming out loud.  Then, the movie shows that same woman getting slapped again by the same people.  Is that lazy or what?

The only part I really did like about the film was in the first few minutes in the security line, which has the movie funniest moments (and actual laughs).  But immediately afterward the film turns dull and feels like one of the movies the original Airplane! made fun of.  If anything, watch the original and pretend this one never existed.  That’s what I’m doing anyway.

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  1. William Shatner’s “Buck Murdoch” Is My Favorite Part Of AIRPLANE II: The Sequel hahahaha He Simply Spoofs The Main Portions Of His Career, And It Makes Me Laugh So So SO Hard.
    Gotta Love’em!!!
    -BRAD

    • Oh yeah, I forgot about that part. That was funny, and one of the few good moments in the movie. Thanks for reminding me about that.

      • No Prob, Bob! T’is My Job!!!
        hehehehe


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