War of the Satellites (1958) In response to the Russian Sputnik, Roger Corman slapped together and directed this tale of an alien force that is determined to prevent nations from launching satellites into space. The aliens have the ability to take the shape of humans and to duplicate themselves. Despite the pasteboard set, with its endless slamming doors, the script by Lawrence Goldman, based on a story by Irving Block, still holds up today. Special effects are very appropriate, except for the kitchen cutlery as space stations.
Ming the Merciless has intentions
With his evil daughter Aura
To disrupt telecommunications
Through satellite killers from China.
Space hawks within the Pentagon
Took note of one mysterious object
The PLA launched as a weapon
In a geosynchronous orbit.
For Xi Jinping , it’s inevitably
Of missiles or lasers to bully
In cyber as in Tiananmen Square.
The New Frontier’s an electronic meltdown
That jams espionage maps, to hack
The internet and swiftly bring down
Any US Transportation feedback.
And so a sixth military branch
Will monitor space trash and traffic
To police the heavens carte blanche
And keep commerce democratic.
Without those metallic stars up above,
Who could tell what the weather would be,
Or call on cell phones those we love,
Or keep track of nuclear debris.
[Disposable Poem June 19. 2018]
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