An unregistered trash hauler illegally jettisons a load of junk and zaps it into oblivion 67,000 km above Jupiter. This would be unremarkable except that one of the bits jettisoned is apparently something Detroit made in the late 1950’s It could (theoretically) be the 1959 DeSoto in which Spike arrived in Sunnydale in episode #16 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In any event, I really want the backstory on that car. After all, it is the year 2793, and the human race has been transplanted to a terraformed Ganymede after rendering their home planet uninhabitable.
Extensive genetic tweaking has made it possible for humans to survive their new environment. Fiddling about with genes has become quite commonplace, rendering gender and species identity a rather quaint notion as a consequence.
STRANGE FRAME is a quest, and a love story, and it is very beautiful.
What got me interested was the cast, especially Claudia Black (who voices the main character, sax player Parker C. Boyd). Black was Vala Mal Doran in STARGATE SG1, and FARSCAPE’s Aeryn Sun, two quite memorable science fiction characters. Anything with Claudia Black in it, I want to see. The rest of the cast includes Tim Curry, Juliet Landau, Michael Dorn, and George Takei.
Landau (who rode in Spike’s ’59 DeSoto) voices Bitsea, ship’s computer of the aforementioned trash hauler, who used to be more than that, and who may have at some point watched Battlestar Galactica, because she employs at one point the Cylon tag phrase “By your command”.
No spoilers here, but the story involves a somewhat mephistophelian entertainment industry, and an economic system that embraces indentured servitude. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.
STRANGE FRAME is a film that can be pretty much whatever you want it to be. And it can be something different every time you watch it. And then there’s the music. David Pellicciaro and Shelley Doty (of whom up till now I have never heard) created a great score.
The film can be purchased or rented through Amazon Instant Video. The soundtrack is not yet available.