Wing Commander: Countdown to Invasion
Cut out the Mess Hall scenes where pilots are bantering and then fighting.
Remove the sideplots and badly done love story aspects. Mainly removing things that don’t contribute to the main plot of stopping the Kilrathi invasion.
-Removed “tiff” between Marshall & Taggert on way to Tiger Claw
-Removed hangar scene where Blair sits in dead pilot’s ship
-Removed mess hall scenes where Marshall introduces them & later with argument about dead pilot, & hallway scene after
-Removed “fancy flying & landing” scene with Forbes & Marshall
-Removed “girl talk” scene with Forbes & Deveroux
-Deveroux does not question Blair about whether the Kilrathi spotted her
-Removed last half of Blair & Deveroux scene where Deveroux talks about parents
-Removed bedroom scene with Marshall & Forbes
-Removed Forbes & Marshall turning back to fight more, & Forbes crashing, & confrontation scene with Deveroux after
-Removed celebration and “ssshh” moment in bombing scene
-The hull breach is sealed much faster and Blair doesn’t almost get sucked out, & Marshall doesn’t get hurt saving him
-Removed talk with Blair & Deveroux about Marshall
-Removed “confidence booster” scene with Deveroux & Marshall
-Removed scene where Blair turns back from mission and talks to Deveroux in escape pod
-Removed Kilrathi ship chasing Blair after jump and getting sucked into pulsar (there are no pulsars in our solar system)
-Re-arranged many scenes in the final battle to place emphasis on blair getting info to fleet, & fleet stopping kilrathi
-Tried to put climax of movie back on the destruction of the kilrathi fleet by slowing down battle shots & splitting them
up to make it seem longer, and by putting main theme music in final battle
-Trimmed down “saving Deveroux” scene at end to try to make it seem less important than final battle
This one of those rare fan edits I like to rewatch a couple of times a year.
Not because it is brilliant masterpiece but just because it is a enjoyable, popcorn fan edit.
It is a straight forward cut job, restructuring a few scenes, cutting of silly subplots but the end result is a fun, well done, escapist low budget space opera. A vast improvement over the original.
The original WING COMMANDER was an average movie at best, it had some enjoyable moments but they were often lost or overshadowed by some of the more juvinile soap elements.
This fan edit had thankfully removed all the romance and focuses solely on the impending invasion of Earth and the valiant efforts of the crew of TIGERCLAW to slow down the invaders. This is basically a classic World War II B-Movie in space. And it works pretty well.
The audio and video edits are very good. I did not notice any audio glitches and the all the cuts worked very well. If I had one thing to criticize, I would have definitely edited out "The Kiss" at the end of the movie. With all other romance elements having been excised from the movie, it just seemed jarringly out of place to me.
All in all, a definite improvement over the original. THUMBS UP!
I was one of those who benefited when ThrowgnCpr reupped the links for Lewis886's Wing Commander.
This was one of those awkward films for me.
The A/V editing was fine, insofar as I could not hear or see abrupt changes.
My biggest issue was with the narrative. The original WC was more or less stupid. Accent more.
Lewis886 removed the nonsense at the expense of coherency.
This struck me as Readers Digest condensed version.
It was watchable, and fairly enjoyable, but there might be other flicks to rewatch before I return to this one.