Darth Vader Vs. The Spartans

If you've ever wanted to see Star Wars mashed up with 300, then this clip from the short-lived 1978 show Quark may make you happy. Or maybe not. The Great Gorgon, a transparent Darth Vader rip-off, comes in his big orange Death Star to conquer the planet of Spartans... who surrender. I remember loving Quark when I was a kid, but it doesn't hold up that well now.

Quark is mostly a Star Trek spoof, even down to the original series' sound effects, and the Vulcan-esque first officer, a plant who debates logic vs. emotion endlessly with Captain Quark. Somehow, even though Quark is the galaxy's greatest hero, he ends up commanding a garbage ship and getting into hilarious mishaps in each of the eight episodes. His crew also includes a cowardly android, an androgyne who alternates between extreme manliness and extreme girliness, and two incredibly hot blonde female clones in hotpants. There are still no DVDs, but you can watch the whole thing online here.


Charlie Jane Anders

@FredicvsMaximvs: Glad I could help! I really used to be obsessed with the greatness of this show, and now...