Movie: In The Fold starring Jay Underwood (1996, Sci Fi, Space)

This movie was also titled ‘Star Command.’ Random (but cute) commercials were added to the start, middle and end of this movie to avoid Google censor bots.

A crew of freshly graduated space navy cadets find themselves fighting with opponents from breakaway Earth colonies after their commanding officers are killed in an attack.imdb

it was meant to be a pilot for a TV series and it aired directly on TV, but it failed. – Chiriac Piriu

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Title: Star Command 1996 (YT link) Uploaded by Total Sky 1.

Star Command starring Jay Underwood – (1996) 4 stars

Run time: 1 hour, 33 minutes. First of all, you have to put this movie into its proper sub-genre. It is an adventure in the Star Trek mold, geared toward young people with the aim of instilling strong principles instead of boring them with science. Once I grasped that idea, I found this an enjoyable movie to watch. The same as with Star Trek, they used a hierarchy based on the US Navy as their template. This is a coming of age sort of flick, where young, untried teenagers, basically, must face obstacles on the road to reaching and being accepted by adulthood. The producers tried a few mild deviances from the norm, such as calling travel through wormholes ‘folding.’ They also created some really ugly destroyer class vessels for cruising through space, and some smaller, sleeker ships for zipping around during battles. The acting is mostly sub-par with a few instances of excellence, especially from the veteran commander overseeing the fresh cadets. A lot of the science falls flat, and there are some examples of common sense being ignored. The sci-fi effects are decent, a little better than you’d see on a TV show, but eons behind an A movie. The good guys and bad guys, while they talk a good game of machismo, are mostly bland when it comes to putting their words into action, but again, that fits within the parameters of the movie’s target audience.

The worst scene occurs when one cadet goes rogue and tries to kill several members of the crew. This is a filler segment meant to add time to the movie’s duration, by the way. After this bad apple is captured, things turn bad in a politically liberal sense. The cadets whom were almost murdered cannot decide if they should terminate the would-be killer or not, although the established protocol states they should. The rogue sits at the table calmly, while his fellows debate over his death sentence. Finally, to preserve this idea of purity and innocence, the rouge hangs himself before the sentence is carried out. This disassociates having to put the blame on any of the others, but it is also a complete falsity from a real life scenario. In the real world, that rogue would have gotten blasted the moment after he was subdued, end of story.

Another minor annoyance was the crisp, starched white uniforms worn by so many of the good guys. You wouldn’t see that in a more mature film, as those are ceremony uniforms and difficult to keep clean. What I did like was that although the group of cadets didn’t evolve much from start to finish, they did evolve a little, and that is more than I usually see in this category of movies. Several of them got a chance to speak out and start to develop their characters. The plot was fine, coming in somewhere between a Saturday morning space cartoon and Star Trek, which is exactly where the producers wanted to place it.

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