A busy work schedule kept me from Comic Con over the weekend, but I got plenty of that geeky goodness Sunday evening at Bedlam with the pulpy adventures of Space Girl.
It has it all: nefarious, galaxy-spanning plots; reckless heroes; cardboard sets; and a host of red-clad extras ready to die at every turn.
The brainchild of Peter Lincoln Rusk (writer) and Justin Spooner (designer), Space Girl unfurls over a fast-paced hour that is packed with plot and action. It centers on the recently returned Emperor Dread Lord, who comes to haunt the galaxy after 1,000 years away. His plan? Steal the latest invention of semi-mad Dr. Z, create a death ray, and destroy the universe.
Only Space Girl (Bree Schmidt), her trusty Engineers, and an endless array of raw cadets stand in the face of oblivion. There are plenty of adventures along the way, from battling an evil hydra in a gladiatorial pit on a true den of scum and villainy to dealing with the biggest jerk in the galaxy, the self-obsessed Space Guy.
Yeah, there's lots of Star Trek and B-grade science-fiction adventure running through the show. More importantly, Space Girl finds the right balance between parody and loving homage to the source material.
No matter how silly the show got (and did I mention that the above-mentioned evil hydra was made entirely of cardboard?), the audience was hot for it throughout Sunday evening's performance. It could have been the action, or the oodles of stage fog, or the "Final Salute" drinks (to be consumed whenever a cadet died; they went quickly during the show) lubricating the crowd.
No matter what, Space Girl is a delight to Star Trek and science-fiction lovers, or to people just looking for a quick and fun evening.
IF YOU GO:
Space Girl Through May 8 Bedlam Theatre Lowertown 213 E. Fourth St., St. Paul $10-$15 For tickets and more information, call 651-209-0597 or visit online.