Let’s take a trip back to 1997. Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace had yet to disappoint fans, the Special Edition of the original trilogy was available on DVD and VHS (look it up), and Kevin Rubio was about to unveil his Star Wars fan film, TROOPS. Out of those three things, Rubio’s short – which would go on to become one of the earliest Internet phenomena – easily holds up the best. It’s an original and very funny take that mashes up both the infamous Stormtroopers (and other characters) in the Star Wars universe with the hand-held, mockumentary style camerawork of TV’s Cops.
Now that Star Wars is big(ger) news once again, Rubio has gone back to his roots for a new fan film. Dubbed “Ackbar’s Eleven,” it shies away from the original satirical take of TROOPS in favor of a mash-up between Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi and Ocean’s Eleven. It still works quite well, it’s just a different sort of funny.
Check out the original short TROOPS below, followed by a few words from Rubio himself (accompanied by a better quality video of TROOPS, just not in its entirety). His new effort “Ackbar’s Eleven” is up first. If you like it, be sure to follow along on their YouTube account since they plan on releasing more content in the coming months.