LTV: Larger Than Life

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Hey there, Laser Time readers! It’s been far too long since LTV has graced the pages of this hallowed site. Anyways, this music video takes place at the turn of the millennium…at the year 300… Can you guess what it is?

It’s Backstreet Boys’ “Larger Than Life!” This non-liable knockoff Star Wars text proves it.

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Robot Reggie Fils-Aimes, a.k.a. “ the Regginator 2000,” is feeling pretty smug for understanding that “millennium” hint I dropped in the first paragraph. That’s actually Antonio Fargas above, Huggy Bear from the original Starsky and Hutch.

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In a clever bit of dual advertising, the Wachowski siblings have a Guy Fawkes look-a-like in a guest starring role in Jupiter Ascending.

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Here’s Howie is doing his best Jamiroquai Space Cowboy impression while dancing in Jell-o.

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Meanwhile, Nick is dancing with clones of Mortal Kombat’s Cyrax. The way this scene is shot, Nick’s head looks really oddly lit and distorted.

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I did not edit this picture at all; it’s just something weird that might have happened during the CGI rendering.

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Meanwhile, Jimmy Fallon Brian is having fun on a hover board, playing his take on Rollerball 3 years before the 2002 remake.

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And while it does have giant hologram women in skimpy, impractical police outfits, it’s nowhere near as cool as 1975’s Rollerball (which is set in 2018, so we’re not too far off).

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AJ, meanwhile, does his best Dr. Octopus impersonation and, um, gets boxes of data…? This could possibly the most ill conceived way to store objects.

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Meanwhile in the jelly room, Howie dances with a Picasso version of Guardians of the Galaxy’s Gamora.

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It’s good to know that in the year 3000, home phones make a big comeback. The phone in this shot really embodies the “turn of the millennium future” the early 2000’’s had — small and square, with silver-gray spray coloring.

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They all decide that the best time to dance is when there’s a war going on…

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…and do their best water drinking bird routine.

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Nick is really feeling it!

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Brian isn’t.

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Then they all pretend to be birds again!

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With the ritual complete, they all go back into the hyperbolic sleep chamber, to be awaken when the next reunion concert needs them, and they can buy even better-looking spaceships!

In all honesty, this was one of my favorite music videos growing up, mainly because I didn’t have a chance to watch it over and over again. It broke the record for longest running number-one song on MTV’s Total Request Live. The music video, directed by Joseph Kahn, also holds a Guinness World Record for the 14th most expensive music video, with estimated production costs of over $2,100,000 USD. No matter what you think of the song or the boy band craze in general, it’s an eye-catching look at the new millennium as the late 90’s saw it.

Be sure to listen to rival boy band NSync’s Digital Get Down for more of the same vibe. Then check out Aaron Carter’s (Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter’s little brother) song My Internet Girl.

Article by contributor Kaleb Heil.

One thought on “LTV: Larger Than Life

  1. Oh man, this really does bring me back to my early teens, back when I actually thought that watching MTV was “cool”, lol.

    Back then, I was definitely a bigger Backstreet Boys than Nsync, and this video wowed me every time I saw it. Which is hilarious because it now looks so damn ugly and outdated

    Anyway, glad to see this feature back! Those screen shots you took were pretty funny. I specially like the “Nick is really feeling it!” and then “Bryan isn’t” ones.

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