Before The Martian, there was …. Oops! …. I Did It Again!
Oops! …. I Did It Again is one of Britney Spears’s best-known songs and it’s certainly one of the most fun to sing at the top of young lungs when you’re speeding down the interstate on the way to Lake Texoma. (Just ask my sister.) But I think that people forget just how weird this video is.
Basically, we’ve got an astronaut (Eli Swanson) exploring Mars when he comes across an image on a Martian stone, the cover of Britney’s second album, Oops! …. I Did It Again. On Earth, the nerdy NASA guy is impressed while the astronaut wonders if it’s possible that Britney Spears has come all the way to Mars just to play with his heart….
And she has! Suddenly, there’s a stage on the Martian surface and Britney and the backup dancers are performing while the astronaut watches. Eventually, Britney approaches him and proceeds to …. TAKE OFF HIS HELMET! (Britney will not only play with your heart but apparently, she’ll also try to kill you.) For a few brief seconds, it appears that the astronaut’s head might explode but no, he survives. He then hands her the Heart of the Ocean, the extremely tacky blue diamond that was at the center of the film, Titanic. The astronaut explains that he went down to the bottom of the ocean to get it for her and then he took it to Mars for some reason. (Remember, the video makes it pretty clear that the astronaut wasn’t expecting to run into Britney Spears during his Martian exploration.) In one of the most badass moves of all time, Britney says, “Oh, you shouldn’t have” and then walks away. As for the astronaut, he hopefully managed to get home. I mean, if Matt Damon could do it, anyone could do it….
This video was directed by Nigel Dick, who also directed the video for ….Baby One More Time. During filming, Britney was actually struck in the head by a falling camera and had to get four stitches before she then went to finish the video. Like all great artists, Britney suffered so that you may enjoy.