DESTINATION SATURN (1966)
Article #1540 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 6-2-2005
Posting Date: 10-30-2005
Directed by Ford Beebe and Saul A. Goodkind
Featuring Buster Crabbe, Constance Moore, Jackie Moran
Buck Rogers ends up in the 25th century and joins a group of rebels intent on defeating the evil Killer Kane.
Yes, it’s another feature version of a serial (BUCK ROGERS, to be precise) – twelve weeks of excitement crammed into ninety minutes in much the same way that Cinderella’s sisters tried to squash their feet into the glass slipper. It’s pretty much the same routine; though I can intellectually appreciate the idea of the thrill-a-minute action movie this technique is supposed to produce, in truth, the deluge of repetitive action sequences causes the movie to collapse under its own weight and sink into dullness. However, you can feel free to ignore my commentary if you like this sort of thing; I’ve expressed my distaste before about this whole serial-into-feature process, and I’ll readily admit that my prejudice against it colors these reviews. Still, you can’t blame me for wishing that they had at least taken the trouble to make the music on this one fit the action; as it is, the music jumps back and forth between pompous and comic without paying any attention to the action on the screen. Still, I understand why the music is the way it is; to have spent more time on it would have no doubt cut into the slender profit margin they surely expected from this sort of thing.