Armin Shimerman blames the monkey business on "The Last Outpost"'s director. I have to wonder if the actors' auditions were based on that, or if the director suddenly got that idea on the set. Moreso, why didn't anyone fire him after seeing the dailies?
The serious viewscreen face to face scenes differed immensely with what we saw on the surface.
I thought the power whips were pretty cool though, definitely a different weapon than the usual raygun, but apparently the prop never worked right.