BSG's Richard Hatch Stars In A Wild Short About Space Merchant Marines

Based on the third-person shooter game Loadout, LOADOUT: Going In Hot stars Battlestar Galactica's Richard Hatch as the captain of a crew of space-faring cargo haulers trying to beat his nemesis to a big payload—assuming that the crew doesn't destroy the ship first.

This short was written by Matt Munson and directed by Vincent Talenti for Machinima Prime. And while it seems that it was made to promote the release of Loadout on PS4, it's still a fun, somewhat wacky film even if you're not familiar with the game.

[via GeekTyrant]

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"Space Merchant Marines"

Wow, what a great mash-up of "Space Marines" and "Merchant Marine". The former are fictional sci-fi characters, while the latter is the name given to the real-world civilian maritime commerce industry. However, during WW-II those civilian merchant ships were prime targets of enemy submarines, so in some cases fairly large guns were installed on them, and Navy gun crews assigned to man them.

Over 1,500 US merchants ships were sunk during the war, and nearly 10,000 merchant sailors were killed in action. The death rate among these civilian seamen, 1 in 26 killed, was higher than in either branch of the military.