In this New America, On This Very Screen looks to its favorite, most enduring patriot when we finally crack open a feature we’ve been talking about for ages: The Bollea Collection. And when it comes to our favorite American hero (brother), we had no problem starting this special podcast series off with the 1991 action/comedy gem, Suburban Commando. In this mullet-infused, skateboard-riding, cinematic equivalent of Zubaz pants, Hulk “Terry Bollea” Hogan plays Shep Ramsey, an intergalactic space warrior who arrives on Earth to… charge his car battery, essentially. Living with a suburban family headed by Christopher Lloyd and Shelley Duvall, Shep learns the ways of Earth by basically destroying fucking everyone and everything he happens to come across, all while avoiding space bounty hunters (one of whom, you might recognize).
In this episode, the boys discuss early ’90s nostalgia, the unbearably long (and numerous) montages of the Hulkster getting used to Earth, and another strange heel turn/face turn that may or not allude to a “highly-touted” gay love scene between Hogan and Christopher Lloyd.
Did You Know? The original casting for this movie had Arnold Schwarzenegger in the titlular role, with Danny Devito playing Christopher Lloyd’s part. Unfortunately, this project was passed on by both actors, and instead given to Hogan/Lloyd to prove, once and for all, that cocaine use can be on both sides of the camera.