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Poster for 1951’s When Worlds Collide (1951). Credit: Decipher Sci-Fi

This past Labor Day Weekend, I was half-watching the 1951 sci-fi “classic” When Worlds Collide. My dad was fully watching it, using the holiday as a fertile substrate for a nostalgic deep dive into campy science fiction movies from his youth on obscure Roku channels.

The premise is simple: scientists discover Zyra, a new planet. Yay, right? Nay. Its orbit is dangerously close to us, and its star Bellus is due to crash…