1.) It might be just me, but if I had to work in a spacesuit because we're in a vacuum and my coworker starts going bonkers like he's on a bad trip, I'd be a little more concerned than these other space miners were.
2.) Geez, they sure smoke a lot in space. Check out the meet and greet scene at the beginning of the flick when O'Neil is introducing himself to the senior staff. There's so much smoke in that room I expected to see Joe Camel wandering around handing out freebies.
• It's hilarious to me that right after that scene Montone tells O'Neil "Nobody's here for their health and they certainly aren't her for the scenery." I'll say, you guys smoke like chimneys.
3.) When Carol leaves her "I'm taking Paulie and we're going back to Earth" message, I actually had to agree with what she was saying. When she says that Paulie has never even set foot on Earth or breathed real, fresh air I was like "Huh? That kid has be friggin' ten years old!" You're telling me that they've been moving from space station to space station for TEN years? Even if the Marshall didn't want to resign it never occurred to him to let his family go back to Earth while he finished this one year tour? He must be really needy or Carol can really rock a mattress.
4.) According to Doctor Lazarus in the last year there have been 52 deaths of people going bananas and dying. 52! She says the company always ships the bodies out on the next shuttle and then the bodies are jettisoned into space like a "burial at sea". Cripes, did none of the 52 dead guys have family or anything that wanted the body shipped home? Forget the fact that Sheppard must be an amazing criminal mastermind to cover up FIFTY TWO deaths like that, did not ONE of these schlubs have a will or anything that said "If I croak please have my remains sent to I. Pluggem Funeral Home at 1313 Mockingbird Lane, Atlanta Georgia, EARTH"?.
• Maybe Sheppard's just lucky. He's certainly no mastermind. O'Neil easily figures out his drug pushing deal with Montone and watches him conduct business on the security cameras in the space-titty bar. You'd think he'd know that he could be observed there.
5.) You know what I love about these old school sci-fi movies? The computers. In 1981 the stuff you see here seemed like "Wow! That's high-tech!" You look at it now and think "HAHAHA! They don't even have color screens!"
• To be fair, put it in perspective…there was no internet back then…at least not one we could access. (Google DARPA). Communicators on Star Trek looked high tech even though your cell phone is way more versatile and powerful.
• Another indicator is Deputy Ballard…the African American dude. He's got a pretty good 80s afro. I'm a black man (yeah, surprise!) and I haven't seen an afro in over a decade now. I just think it's funny that hairstyles have changed so much you can date them.
• Holy crap…when O'Neil taps into the communications of Sheppard I saw a SCSI (scuzzy) connector. I haven't seen one of them in years. It's like seeing a phone with an actual dial on it! (They added some lights to it so it looked like it was IN SPACE!)
6.) I guess only married guys will understand this, but when Carol contacts O'Neil practically begging him to just resign and go to Earth with her and Paulie he declines. Carol rightly guesses that there is something terribly wrong going on there and that O'Neil is in trouble even when he politely dismisses the idea. The ladies always know, huh, fellas? AMIRITE?
• Trust me, I've tried the whole "Nothing to see here, move along" with my wife…and we've been married 23 years now. She can read me like a book with 24 point type.
7.) In the future, humans will build outer space bases with connecting tunnels that can be easily disconnected from each other so anyone in them will die from explosive decompression.
• Also space station windows will be made of candy-glass.
8.) Ballard's death was inspired by Wile E. Coyote.
♦ For some reason the kid, Paulie, annoys the snot out of me. Is it because he just looks too darned old to speak the way he does? Perhaps….I can't put my finger on it, but I hate any scene with him in it. Luckily they are few and far between.
♦ Doesn't O' Neil have superiors he can report Sheppard to? He's a Federal Marshall. Even Raylan Givens had a boss….and he definitely did not back down from a gunfight. Hmmm…maybe O'Neil didn't, but that raises more questions. He must report to a higher authority on Earth…but according to dialogue it takes a year to make to the trip to or from Earth. Now, the space station…that we never see, but it's only a week away travel time from the mining base….must have some kind of Law Enforcement Organization. Can't he contact them for help?
♦ So the two hitmen couldn't just file out from the shuttle, go to their quarters or something and then assemble their weapons? As I said before Sheppard just by default has to know that O'Neil can see what's going on by the security cameras. If they had just moved along with the other passengers O'Neil would have no idea what they looked like.
THE BAR TAB
Even this movie is over thirty years old, it holds up well. There's rarely a dull moment and it's thoroughly entertaining. If you're a Connery fan or you just want to sit back with a space action movie you won't be disappointed in Outland. Get the tap, guys, this flick gets a keg.