We need a new space race, damn it. With budgets for scientific research being slashed by ridiculous amounts and most of the world busy either yelling at each other, going bankrupt, or both, space exploration isn’t a priority for most governments right now. It makes me pine for an era I’m not even old enough to have seen, when exploring the final frontier was a national priority, if only to beat the Russians to whatever arbitrary goal we had set at the moment. If only there was some uniting reason for us as a species to turn our attentions back to outer space. Something like, I dunno, a planetary invasion by Nazis who have been hiding on the dark side of the moon for 70 years. That outlandish premise is at the heart of the Finnish science fiction/comedy Iron Sky, which is opening in Finland and the U.K. this April. It will presumably find its way stateside at some point, because goodness knows there’s a market over here for Space Nazis.
Set in 2018, Iron Sky envisions a world where a secret Nazi space program escaped destruction in the latter days of WWII by retreating to a base on the dark side of the moon. They’ve hidden there, biding their time and building a massive army of flying saucers, for the ensuing decades. Their existence is discovered accidentally by an American astronaut who lands near their base. The Moon Fuhrer (I just had a little joy-shiver just typing that) decides the time has come to take vengeance for their WWII defeat, launching a massive attack on the unsuspecting Earth. Also, it looks like Sarah Palin is president of the United States, which may just be the most terrifying part of this entire scenario.
Here’s the latest trailer for Iron Sky. It’s got Nazis, space dirigibles, and a moon base in the shape of a giant swastika. What more could you want?