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Encyclopedia > Wing Commander (feature film)

Wing Commander is a 1999 science fiction film based on the Wing Commander computer game series. 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Poster for The Day the Earth Stood Still, an archetypal science fiction film Science fiction as a genre of film making has been an element of the cinema experience since the earliest days of the motion picture industry. ... Wing Commander is a series of space combat simulation computer games from Origin Systems, Inc. ...


Directed by Chris Roberts, the creator of the computer game series, it stars Freddie Prinze, Jr., Saffron Burrows, Matthew Lillard, and TchĂ©ky Karyo. Chris Roberts (born May 27, 1968) is a computer game designer. ... Freddie Prinze, Jr. ... Saffron Dominique Burrows (born January 1, 1973) is an London-born British actress. ... Matthew Lillard (born January 24, 1970 in Lansing, Michigan, USA) is an American actor. ... Tchéky Karyo Tchéky Karyo (born October 4, 1953) is a French actor. ...


In the United States, the film was rated PG-13 for sexual references and Sci-Fi action/violence. The MPAA film rating system is a system used in the United States and instituted by the Motion Picture Association of America to rate a movie based on its content. ...


The film borrows heavily from naval warfare films such as Das Boot, going so far as to include a scene where the TCS Tiger's Claw is "depth-charged". It was shot on a minuscule budget - resulting in, among other things, unconvincing aliens that appear as little as possible in the final edit of the film - and was a commercial and critical failure. Das Boot (German for The Boat and pronounced das bought) is a movie directed by Wolfgang Petersen, adapted from a novel of the same name by Lothar-Günther Buchheim. ...


Plot

Set about one month before first original Wing Commander, the story unfolds in the middle of an interstellar war between the human Terran Confederation and the cat-like alien Kilrathi Empire, the movie follows the exploits of Christopher Blair, a young pilot assigned to the TCS Tiger's Claw. There he and the crew of that carrier are given the mission to buy time for the Confederation's fleet to set up a defensive line to protect Earth and to help stop the invading Kilrathi armada. While this is going on, there is also tension between Blair and the crew of the Tiger's Claw due to the fact that he was born a "Pilgrim", one of a strain of humanity (who have special powers) that had previously fought against the Confederation. Wing Commander is a series of space combat simulation computer games from Origin Systems, Inc. ... The Terran Confederation is the primary human government in the Wing Commander science fiction series. ... The Kilrathi are a race of warlike, felinoid aliens in the popular computer game series by Origin Systems: Wing Commander. ... Christopher Maverick Blair is the players character throughout much of the Wing Commander computer game series. ...


Differences from other Wing Commander works

The movie, while having several similar features to the games and the books (the names of the characters and ships), has some differences, such as the inclusion of the Pilgrims as a subset of humanity that had not been mentioned before. Other differences mostly are in the way the ships look (those in the movie are presented as an earlier model of those in the games), and changes to several characters' ranks and postions. The appearance of the fighters is mainly due to the resourcefulness of the special effects team, who built the fighter mock-ups from scrapped RAF fighters. Character backgrounds have been altered (in particular, Admiral Tolwyn's), rendering the movie of dubious canonicity. In the context of fiction, the canon of a fictional universe comprises those novels, stories, films, etc. ...


For example, Angel speaks not with a French accent but a British accent, while Paladin, instead of Scottish, speaks with a French accent. Several sub-plots developed in Wing Commander II and III, including Blair's relationship with Angel and Paladin's assignment to Special Operations, are developed in the film.


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