Watch Rick Moranis' Spaceballs Cameo on The Goldbergs and Witness the Power of Sequels

Dark Helmet drops by an episode of The Goldbergs.
Dark Helmet drops by an episode of The Goldbergs.
Screenshot: Yahoo/ABC

Yesterday, the world learned that (mostly) retired actor Rick Moranis would be reprising his role as Dark Helmet from Spaceballs on an episode of ABC’s The Goldbergs. And now, you don’t even have to set your DVR. You can see the whole thing.

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Yahoo got the clip from the 1980s-set sitcom; as promised, it features Moranis lending his voice to the character from the 1987 Mel Brooks Star Wars spoof.

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Did it live up to your expectations?

The episode airs May 9 at 8:00pm. Read more about it at this link.

[Yahoo Movies]

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DISCUSSION

Pros:

  • “Spaceballs the Wallet” is good for a guffaw, and a legit riff without ripping off (like throwing in the “flamethrower” bit would have been).
  • The family photo is creepy and hilarious
  • Spaceballs II script is appropriately subtitled “The Search for More Money”. That would have been a dealbreaker if omitted, and they obviously realized it.
  • How hard do you think it was for them to get hold of the action figures?

Cons:

  • A voiceover does not constitute a TV “appearance”. Much as I’m glad to hear from Mr. Moranis again and am aware and sympathetic with his reasons for retirement, this was not any kind of “return”. That flip must have been rather hard to pull off on a TV budget, though.
  • Whatever they did to his voice was so bad it might have well been a B-grade impressionist saying those lines. Either that or his voice has just changed, I guess... Can’t really criticize anyone for that.
  • It doesn’t make me want to watch Spaceballs. In fact, the whole voice thing kind of makes me want to watch Little Shop of Horrors, to remind me how talented he really is.