Battlefield Earth


Starring: John Travolta, Forest Whitaker, Barry Pepper

Date Watched: 8/27/2020

Plot: It’s the year 3000 A.D., and the Earth is lost to the alien race of Psychlos. Humanity is enslaved by these gold-thirsty tyrants, who are unaware that their ‘man-animals’ are about to ignite the rebellion of a lifetime.


  • “Leverage”
  • Wipe (scene transitions)
  • Psychlos talking about or presenting gold
  • Dutch (i.e. skewed) camera angle (advanced rule)
  • Slow motion
  • “Man-animal” (expert rule)


  • “As a friend I could forget to file the report… but unfortunately, I’m not your friend!”
  • Dog?  Obviously the superior race, having man-animal chauffeur it around.”
  • “You sure called that one, sir.  He certainly didn’t find those picto-cameras.”
  • “Hope is an admirable quality, but foolish isn’t.”
  • “You made me as happy as a baby pcychlo on a straight diet of kerbango.”
  • “You imbecile!  What kind of crap-lousy game are you playing?”

Viewer Quotes

  • “What do we know about Scientology?”  –  “Well, it’s based around some god… Zathura?”

Things We Learned

  • Glass is godstone.
  • Dog is the superior race.
  • Gold is just dripping off the mountains of Colorado in the future.
  • Dutch angles are skewed shots.  Every shot in Battlefield Earth is dutch.
  • The great weakness of the Psychlo race is that they can’t move fast at all.

Final Take: This was a re-watch of a treasured favorite, one of the Bad Movie Thursday originals.  It held up pretty well.  It’s still a nonsensical mess, clearly conceived by the mind of a madman.  The rules all played well, especially “Leverage” and the scene wipe.  God help you if you play by the advanced or expert rules. It was a fun trip down memory lane and worth the time.  Just don’t try to read any meaning into it or plug the plot holes.

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August 2020

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