It’s interesting to watch a dated movie thirty years later. Chuck Klosterman once wrote about watching an old season of The Real World after two of the stars began dating publicly despite butting heads during filming. It was like he knew a secret they didn’t; no matter how much they could possibly hate each other, the understanding that they would eventually have sex influenced his re-watch and added a new perspective. Living in our technophiliac present makes me look back on Wargames with a strange sense of naiveté. Young Matthew Broderick doesn’t have a clue what is coming.
Imagine if Mel Brooks did create Jews in Space like at the end of History of the World Pt. 1, and he needed to create an antagonist to fly through space to attack them. And that antagonist, being cut off from the world since the end of World War II, still continued to evolve technologically, without the need for global communications, and with a lust for total world domination. We shall call them Space Nazis.