"Pick up that arm and find out who it belongs to."
"I think it's a good day to die, Sir."
"Outstanding! Glad you feel that way."
"Let's go crack a planet."
The best thing about this sequel is the hilarious and extremely twisted
'It's a Good Day to Die' music video.
The Federation suffer a defeat to the Bugs on Roku San. Johnny (the
returning untalented not pretty any more Casper van Dien) is blamed and
dragged off to be executed on the word of one-time friend General Dix. Now
Dix is a terrible General and a bad actor to boot. Then again Van Dien's own
acting hasn't improved in 11 years and he bellows all his dialogue. Johnny
makes no mention of Ace, Carl, Carmen or Zim, so one has to assume they've
died in the endless Bug War.
Anyway Captain Lola Beck (Jolene Blalock of 'Star Trek: Enterprise'), bible
bashing Holly (Marnette Patterson) and adored pop star/Sky Marshall Anoke
crash land on the desolate OM-1 planet. Admiral Phid (Amanda Donohoe!)
leaves them to their fate. But Dix saves Johnny from death and sends him off
on a mission to rescue them, using marauders (aka the power suits from the
original novel). But then Phid reveals just why she left them to die and
it's a very good reason that involves the captured Brain Bug from the first
This film looks cheap, an average 'Heroes' ep has better production values.
It has bad fake US accents, bad acting, bad CGI for the marauders, idiot
plotting and no explanation for how they explain Johnny's fake
non-execution. But it has some good bits: the peace movement that spoofs
'Born on the 4th of July', the religious revival plot arc, the crazy Anoke
and his musical number and the concept of the Behemecoytal bug. Also at one
point, it is casually mentioned in background dialogue that ONE BILLION
PEOPLE have died during the Bug War, nobody blinks at this. Which sums up
the twisted ST universe perfectly.
It has promise but doesn't live up to the original film. Still it tries real