The most powerful legend of all is back in a new adventure.
Know, o listener, that we return to an age undreamed of, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under our sandalled feet with returning guest and musician, Sean Duncan, to talk about the much-maligned epic fantasy sequel, Conan the Destroyer.
Conan of Cimmeria, now living as a vagabond thief, is hired by the Queen Tamaris to escort her niece, Princess Jehnna, on a secret mission to obtain a magical jewel. Unbeknownst to Conan, the Queen has also tasked the princess’ bodyguard with killing Conan once the mission is complete, and plans to sacrifice her niece to awaken an slumbering elder god.
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My enjoyment of this episode and your conversation is inversely proportional to my feelings about this movie.
And about the movie, where to start? First, as I commented after your discussion of Conan the Barbarian, I really didn’t even like that movie very much, either. So it’s obvious that this one does not rate highly with me from the get-go.
But yeah, Arnold was just so understated in this, so I fully stand by my comment that Grace Jones out-Conaned him. In fact, Arnold’s scenes could have been cut out and they could have reshot a bunch of scenes with Jones and just turned it into her movie as far as I’m concerned.
And yes, the casting of a 15 year-old Olivia d’Abo (who, depending on when the principal shooting was done, may even have still been 14) was just a really questionable choice, and I’m glad there was not even a hint in the movie of Arnie returning her advances or even showing the slightest interest in her.
Also, Mike, thank for making me literally laugh out when you said this: “I think I would rather have somebody walk in on me watching pornography than watching those parts of the movie.” (And I’m seeing a potential for a list of things that would fit into this category).