Easter eggs in Jordan Peele’s ‘Nope’ nod to Houston space culture

Jordan Peele has released the opening credits for ‘Gordy’s Home,’ the fictional 1990s sitcom featured in his new sci-fi horror flick ‘Nope’ which topped the box office during its weekend break. ‘opening. The vintage clip nods to Houston’s space culture and serves as the film’s Easter egg, as it is briefly displayed in the background during an early scene.

In the film, carnival owner and former child star Ricky “Jupe” Park (played by Steven Yeun) appeared in the short-lived sitcom “Gordy’s Home,” about an astronaut chimp named Gordy who lives with a human family. . The opening sequence reveals the family is aptly named, the Houstons, obviously also the home of NASA, just one of many space references in the clip.

“Prepare for Liftoff,” the upbeat space-themed intro begins as Gowan’s 1985 song “(You’re a) Strange Animal” plays in the background. The opening includes scenes of the family watching a rocket launch, father Brett Houston holding an astronomy magazine as he dozes off on the couch, and mother Maragaret Houston leaving the house wearing a space suit, fitting the plot of “No”. Jupe’s name also evokes the planet Jupiter, and Gordy wears a Kennedy Space Center T-shirt in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The credits sequence ends with Gordy and Jupe’s character, Mikey Houston, doing an explosive punch in front of a telescope aimed at the stars.

As wholesome as the clip sounds, it’s also part of an ominous backstory for Skirt in one of the film’s most gruesome scenes.

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In “No”, an adult Jupe reveals to OJ and Emerald Haywood, played by Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer, that Gordy went crazy while filming an episode after being set off by balloons bursting on set, attacking and killing several cast members.

After the chimpanzee’s violent rampage, he attempted to land his punch with Jupe only to get shot. The massacre traumatized Jupe and forced the network to ultimately cancel the sitcom.

Knowing the tragedy that will ensue later, the newly unveiled full intro also alludes to the phrase “Houston, we’ve got a problem,” the famous, if not entirely accurate, words uttered by astronauts Jack Swigert and Jim Lovell of Apollo 13 in 1970. He also speaks to the general theme of the horrors of exploitation in the name of spectacle which animals are often victimized for human entertainment.

Peele dropped the clip just as the film snagged No. 1 at the box office, grossing over $44 million in its opening weekend. “Nope” is now in theaters.

Alicia R. Rucker