With a cast that includes Nichelle Nichols, Linda Blair and Lou Ferrigno, it was hard to turn down an invitation to watch a preview of Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel. In addition to representatives from such well known franchises as the original Star Trek series, The Exorcist and The Incredible Hulk, the cast also includes Gil Gerard (Buck Rogers in the 25th Century), Shannon Farnon (SuperFriends) and Eric Roberts. And the above is by no means a complete list of pop culture notables who make an appearance in the film.

Directed by Antonio Lexerot and Vincent J. Roth, the movie is a sequel to 2004’s Surge of Power: The Stuff of Heroes. The current offering centers on openly gay superhero Surge (played by co-director Roth) whose latest assignment is to confront arch-villain Augur (Roberts). Augur has sent his henchman Metal Master (John Venturini) to Las Vegas to obtain powerful crystals. The villains plan to use the crystals in a plot to destroy Hoover Dam.

The terms camp and tongue-in-cheek were probably invented for films like Revenge of the Sequel. For those open to such humor, the film can be a lot of fun to watch. An example of the tone of the comedy is a line regarding Augur’s plot to blow up the dam: “If that were to be the epicenter it would be a catastrophe. And I just had the carpets done, and the drapes.”

With the numerous cameos the film is lively and fast paced, and seems to revel in its B-Grade (though professionally executed) atmosphere. In addition to some lovely cinematography of Las Vegas by Mario DeAngelis, composer Ken Fix admirably channels some of the heroic atmosphere reminiscent of many of John Williams’ scores.

In the midst of all of the fun, campy humor, the film offers telling points about acceptance and setting priorities: “There’s always going to be some battle to fight. You can’t rid the world of all evil. You make a difference where you can.”

Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel opened on January 5 in Los Angeles and premieres January 19 in New York. For those suffering from winter blues and greyness, the film might offer a buoyant antidote, almost like attending a post-New Year New Year’s party.