Taking laziness to a whole new level. So in any successful comedy series, you reach that point where the writers have an unproductive day in the writing room. Everybody looks at each other, blank expressions are exchanged, and it is unanimously decided that it is high time for a clip show. You see this in television frequently, but in movies? It is far and few between. Puppet Master: The Legacy is one of these rare times.
There’s really not much to comment on here that I haven’t already said previously; because there’s really only 20 minutes of new material and none of it has much to do with the puppets, what CAN you say? What this means for you is that unless you are an strict completist like me, there is absolutely no reason for you to watch this if you’ve seen the previous movies, as you’ve literally already seen 80% of this, and I literally mean literally. The new stuff is nothing interesting, just a young woman trying to gather information on Toulon and the puppets so as to give an excuse to flashback to previously used footage. That said, I am not implying that this doesn’t have a purpose, as there is two things this movie can be used for:
1. You can use this instead of making countless trips to Wikipedia to make sense of the timeline. Story-wise, this is a very difficult series to chart and keep track of, as the story officially starts on movie number 7 and ends here on movie number 8, with all of the other films falling scattershot in between. Apart from being another attempt to capitalize on this fanbase for more money, I think this was made with the intention of mapping out the continuity for the official canon.
2. If you really don’t have the time, you can just watch this instead of the first seven movies and really not miss anything. This is essentially a Puppet Master’s greatest hits album, so most of the bullshit is cut out for a much more streamlined experience. I know it sounds weird recommending people start on the 8th movie, but that might be the way to go for some people, and if you like what you see, go back and watch 1 and 3 and skip the rest by substituting this 80-minute rundown. Now if you have already been keeping up with this series, and decide not to heed my warning and watch this, prepare for disappointment, because you’re watching the cinematic equivalent of a rerun.
It is an incredibly ballsy move to release this movie as late as 2003 (it really seems like a move a company would pull in the 80’s). I have to say that I am impressed with the production company for being audacious enough to release this and label it as a finished product. This only really serves as an abbreviated telling of the series, and even if you are a fan of these movies, there isn’t a single reason to watch this because you’ve likely already seen all of the others.
Puppet Master: The Legacy (2003) *1/2
– Critic for Hire