It Took Me 33 Years to Get This Subtle Spaceballs Joke

I’ve seen Spaceballs many times, and there’s one joke in it that’s always gone over my head. I couldn’t understand why it was in there or what it meant until this past week when it finally dawned on me, and I had a huge “Oooooh!” moment.

Spaceballs cleverly parodies just about everything in the original Star Wars trilogy from Alderaan to Yoda. But there’s one big detail that I used to think it overlooked. There’s a secret, hidden base in the first two movies: Yavin 4 in Star Wars and Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back. Is there a secret base in Spaceballs? Well, yes, from a certain point of view. You see, there’s a silly scene that used to weird me out as a kid, but that’s because I didn’t understand the joke. Here it is:

It turns out that Princess Vespa hides the fact that she’s a bass, so there is a secret bass in the movie! The pun was right there the whole time, but it was too subtle for my mind to grasp until now. Man, that’s clever writing. It’s also the mark of a great comedy that it’s still able to surprise me and make me laugh all these years later.

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About Robert Lockard, the Deja Reviewer

Robert Lockard has been a lover of writing since he was very young. He studied public relations in college, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in 2006. His skills and knowledge have helped him to become a sought-after copywriter in the business world. He has written blogs, articles, and Web content on subjects such as real estate, online marketing and inventory management. His talent for making even boring topics interesting to read about has come in handy. But what he really loves to write about is movies. His favorite movies include: Fiddler on the Roof, Superman: The Movie, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Back to the Future, Beauty and the Beast, The Fugitive, The Incredibles, and The Dark Knight. Check out his website: Deja Reviewer. Robert lives in Utah with his wife and four children. He loves running, biking, reading, and watching movies with his family.
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1 Response to It Took Me 33 Years to Get This Subtle Spaceballs Joke

  1. Dan Olmstead says:

    A secret base and a secret bass – ha ha ha!
    I think I would have never been able to make it to the secret bass in time to save the rebellion. Good job captain! I salute you.

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