Retroverse: The Secret History of Outer Space
So what do we have here? This is my other Coronaclypse Project.
Here’s how it started. Way back when, I was working for this small law firm. My boss went nuts, after about a year, I decided that it wasn’t going to get better and quit the firm. I took a job working in house for an Indian Band and moved up north. It was a good job, loved the work, loved the people I worked with.
But… the downside was that I’d basically moved away from my wife, from my life down in the city, our friends, etc. My mother in law had just had a stroke a couple of months before. So she couldn’t come to join me for two and a half years. Come a long weekend I’d take the twelve hour bus ride down, and then take the twelve hour ride back. But even with the phone and visits, it was pretty lonely.
I had some time on my hands.
Anyway, one night, I was watching a Late Night Double Bill – This Island Earth and Queen of Outer Space.
This Island Earth involves aliens in the 1950’s who call themselves the Metaluna, who try to trick a bunch of scientists into being a think tank for them. It turns out that that the Metaluna are at war with another alien race, the Zagons, who are bombing them out of existence.
Queen of Outer Space involves astronauts in the 1980’s who get hijacked to Venus which is ruled by space amazons. Turns out that the Venerians a generation ago had an interplanetary war with a neighboring planet called Morda, they won, but they’re still bitter.
It was late at night, I was bored, and kind of fuzzy, so I ended up wondering “What if its the same war?” What if the interplanetary war from This Island Earth was actually the same interplanetary war referred to in Queen of Outer Space, just seen from two different points of view. What if these two movies were in the same universe.