Mystery Science Theater 3000: C/D, S/D.

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It's about time, too.

Michael Daddino, Saturday, 12 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Oh *please*, you ask this of me? What episodes *don't* I have on tape?

So gloriously fucking classic it hurts, period, etc. To explain why -- I always loved really bad movies, they're great. Seeing bad movies trashed by people who obviously had brains but weren't afraid of cheap shots either seemed like perfection, and the fact that the perpetrators were seemingly calm Minnesotans who had a clear and total loathing for bullshit of all sorts -- societal, cultural, political, philosophical - - made it all the more fun. Still my favorite ever TV show.

Search -- um, everything. Some episodes you don't need to see as many times, though, and sometimes ones that weren't as great initially become great with time. My Top Ten List At Present:

Manos, The Hands of Fate -- "Honey, I'm scared." "Of WHAT?"

The Starfighters -- "Bob Dornan, wild at heart."

Mitchell -- "She was going to smell like beer sooner or later."

Teenage Strangler -- "I didn't steal no bike neither!"

Overdrawn at the Memory Bank -- "My nuts?"

Red Zone Cuba -- "You and your swank restaurant and your chichi frog's legs!"

Agent From H.A.R.M. -- "There's the windup...and there's the smarm!"

Werewolf -- "C'mon, dead people know what's going to happen next!"

The Starfighters -- "I like coffee."

Pod People -- "Trumpy! You can do MAGIC things!"

Subject to change, but that's a good starter pack right there, along with Eegah!, Jack Frost, Parts: The Clonus Horror, Monster a Go-Go, The Girl in Gold Boots...

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 13 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Oh yeah, and Deathstalker, naturally.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 13 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

I absolutely adore this show, though I've only been able to see Sci- Fi episodes and only a handful of them at that due to infernal copyright issues (any channel wishing to broadcast it needs rights to both the episode and the film, thus only about 18 eps have been shown in the UK). So my knowledge of MST3K is very limited, but I'll add my vote to Overdrawn At The Memory Bank and Agent From H.A.R.M. - as for episodes to destroy, I haven't seen any eps that are bad but apparently the KTMA ones weren't that good, so destroy them.

Chris Lyons, Sunday, 13 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

First, the lowdown. Classic? Oh my, yes.


Favorite Episode Available on Rihno: I Accuse My Parents or Catalina Caper. Favorite Episode Overall: Alien From L.A.. Favorite Short: The Days of Our Years. Favorite Riff Sequences: The Beau Brummels at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go in Village of the Giants and Fat Linda Rondstadt in The Incredible Melting Man. Favorite Riff: The Albert Goldman/Greil Marcus ref in The Pod People and the "...Massapequa, Massapequa Park, Amityville, Copaigue, Lindenhurst and Babylon. Change at Jamaica for..." line in The Beatniks.


The fifteen-minute promo they did for Nintendo; the "sandwich" sketch at the end of The Undead; the long string of lesbian jokes in Racket Girls; and, ultimately, the movie, which while v. good, probably should never have been made; and finally, the various asinine copyright issues that pretty much will ensure its limited availability in non-bootleg form to future generations.

Michael Daddino, Sunday, 13 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

The fifteen-minute promo they did for Nintendo

Herein a mystery -- what is this? Given that they're such gaming addicts I'm not surprised they did it...

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 13 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

I made a boo-boo. It was actually for Playstation Magazine. Riffing was good, as you can imagine, but it was genuinely painful to watch them hawk stuff. Kinda odd that I can't find more info about it.

Michael Daddino, Sunday, 13 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Any film with Joe Don Baker or John Phillip Law is an absolute classic.

But if I'm being honest, I love nearly every one. The only one I think I would destroy is Hamlet, because the adaptation was so static and dull it was hard to make jokes from.

Nicole, Sunday, 13 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Oh, and Ned should definitely make me some tapes. The ones on sci-fi I see all the time, but I miss the old episodes.

Nicole, Sunday, 13 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Arrangements can be made. I need to get a second VCR for dubbing purposes first, though...

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 13 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

And yes, I did forget Space Mutiny, didn't I? "HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!"

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 13 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Additional Commentary

I brought the subject up because I think it's high time we discussed it at length. A lot of Americans on ILx are pretty vocal about their MST3K-love, but for obvious reasons, much of the UK posse have never even seen the show. Those who have only know the Sci-Fi era shows (and can't get Rhino tapes, either), so they're only getting part of the fun.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not a Comedy-Central purist at all. The primary reason I got slowly peeved at the AOL NY MST3K contingent was because they were by and large vehemently Anti-Mike, going on and on about how the show was a bunch of boring crap now and how cute and sexy Joel was. I just couldn't see it. Admittedly, though, by the time MST3K left CC, the show's early, woozy charm had long faded away -- but it was replaced by something else that, while slick, was still awfully entertaining. (Charm isn't everything.) At the other end of the history spectrum, the KTMAs aren't bad at all, but all woozy charm and few laffs. Still, that won't matter if you're already a fan.

The worst movie they ever did was, easily, Monster A Go-Go. Scroungily overamped "What'd I Say"-rip at the beginning, but looooong stretches of black & white nothingness punctuated by perhaps the most infuriating cinematic anticlimax ever. Next in line is Manos: The Hands of Fate. It's my impression that MST3K almost single-handedly velcroed this flick onto the Canon of Bad Movies, and that's a good thing, because it's a startling artifact with a great story behind it.

Favorite Sci-Fi-era Episode: Jack Frost. Indeed, every episode involving a children's movie is sterling.

Best Acting in a MST3K Episode: Beverly Garland reads the riot act to The Celery From Outer Space in It Conquered The World. Bela Lugosi tells a fellow scientist off in Bride of the Monster.

Crow vs. Crow: Trace-Crow is more neurotic, Bill-Crow is more snide, yet once Bill got in the groove, I seriously think they were in equal in goodness.

Joel vs. Mike:

Extraneous thought: if in some alternative universe Catalina Caper was a good, no, GREAT movie, the Avalanches' album would be its soundtrack. Perhaps we could kindly suggest to Tim Burton a remake...

Michael Daddino, Sunday, 13 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

it's a startling artifact with a great story behind it.

I was going to throw in a link to the article with all the info, but dammit, it's expired! Your vision of a new Catalina Caper thrills and disturbs my soul.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 13 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Although I should at least throw in a link to the more or less official fan site, the Satellite News.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 13 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

The Manos article is here.

Michael Daddino, Sunday, 13 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

That's one of the reasons I could never get into any of the MST3K fan discussions/forums online, they all seem to suffer from this irrational hatred of Mike. It's so silly and pedantic. What's so wrong with liking Joel and Mike?

Nicole, Sunday, 13 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Why do you say the movie should not have been made, Mike?

Josh, Sunday, 13 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

For one, the movie didn't make any money, partly because Gramercy concentrated its promotional efforts on the Pamela Anderson vehicle Barb-Wire, which ended up belly-flopping anyway. Plus, I got this impression from some recent interview with a member of Best Brains (can't remember where I saw this) that they all ended up regretting ever making the thing in the first place. The whole process was too arduous and distracting and they had to deal with all the asshole suits who prided themselves on having a certain level of hepness, yet told BB to take out a joke about Bootsy Collins because they didn't know who was.

Michael Daddino, Sunday, 13 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

The other weird indulgence of the AOL MSTies was the tongue-lashing Sampo, a.k.a. Chris Cornell (the guy, not the Soundgarden guy), recieved on a regular basis. People seemed real irritated at the fact that he assumed the role of King of All MSTies rather quickly, and I attribute that to minor professional jealousy and peevishness over his pro-Mike stance, all caught in a spiral of ever-amplifying regicidal loathing that you often see online. (Sampo's sometime pomposity didn't help either.) Pettiness a go-go.

Michael Daddino, Sunday, 13 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

dude, fuck all that. after joel left the show totally went to shit. joel really wanted to create a feeling with story /characters and consistancy. mike was just a hired writer. i think i read someone saying in another thread "after a while if felt like the ones running the show just didnt get 'it' "

chaki, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

As so many of us are such pynchon junkies, here's a great mst3k & pynchon link.

i is brit and loving the mst3k. it can grate if you're not in the right mood, but fuck that for a game of toy soldiers. I also liked the film (riffing on This Island Earth -- fave bit is when the alien is explaining about the fate of his planet "a-huh, yeah, yup... got ya... a-huh"

Alan Trewartha, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

In point of fact, Mike wasn't merely a "hired writer": as early as the second season, he was the Head Writer. Since MST3K was always a group effort, I think it's difficult to pinpoint one person who was responsible for any particular characteristic of the show. (Two obvious exceptions, of course, are the whole Gizmonics Institute business and the idea for the Invention Exchange.) So he may share some responsibility with Joel H. for creating the rather paternal relationship between Joel R. & the 'bots -- a relationship which, for obvious reasons, would be altered once Mike replaced Joel R. the SOL.

Michael Daddino, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

The funniest episode of MST3K I've ever seen is a Gammora movie that we watched on KTMA backstage during a high school show choir competition. I can't remember the name of the movie, but the bad monster was a giant gumball machine and the episode contained one of my favorite riffs ever (7-YEAR-OLD GIRL: I love you, Gamora! CROW: Keep your shirt on, honey.). Most of the others I've seen have come from the Sci-Fi years, but "Manos" is definitely classic. I will also put in a vote for "Overdrawn At The Memory Bank" if only because it's fun to watch Raul Julia in something embarrassing, plus "Squirm" and "The Final Sacrifice".

Dan Perry, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

I loved Overdrawn At The Memory Bank as a child. I believe I still have a video on it somewhere doubling up with Max Headroom.

Pete, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Ah, the AOL MSTie days. Got my first stalker out of that bunch.

Anyway, I adored the show. Was a staunch Mike defender in the Mike v. Joel days, now I'm not so sure. Favorite bit (of all time): "Are You Happy In Your Work?"

Colin Meeder, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

What the fuck are you doing here, Colin? :)

Michael Daddino, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Dan -- you saw a KTMA on the air? I envy and worship you, my liege.

Colin -- yeah, I remember you were, but the stalking? No, not that.

The boards also attracted a number of true mental cases, most unforgettably KeijiKJ. He was similar to Gondola Blob in that he indulged in casebook net.kook behavior: delusions of professionalism, snottily dismissive of any random thing, threw around the word "clique" a lot. I've even heard stories that he scared the bejesus out of BB members during the first con. I personally had a thoroughly pointless argument with him about the population of the cities in California.

Concerning Mike, I'll say this: there are quite a few times during the Sci-Fi-era when he seemed to be sending out his performance via Fed Ex. Sad, because it was clear after CC he was capable of much better. But you know, a lot of the Sci-Fi-era episodes that initially seemed kinda minor and kinda eh to me now strike me as being thoroughly solid.

Michael Daddino, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

That was my first exposure to MST3K. I had no idea that it was going to become so huge; I only thought that snarky Minnesotans would find it funny!

Dan Perry, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Well, you're lucky and we hate you. There. ;-)

I'm waiting on Mike's next collection of essays and novel myself. The Megacheese collection was a scream.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Michael: With you and Dave R. here, it was simply a matter of time.

Stalking resulted from an unfortunate IRL encounter with a nice enough person. I thought it was a lovely afternoon, she thought it was TRUE LOVE FOREVER. Eek. The story resolved harmlessly enough -- she found TRUE LOVE FOREVER again with another MSTie, and this time it was returned.

Colin Meeder, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

What the hell do I have to do with anything, Mr. Meeder? I've never seen you before in my life! (Weren't you supposed to get me a job?)

MST3K was never that big a part of my life - I watched it sporadically, and I always seemed to be in the wrong state of mind to truly enjoy it. I'll side with the Joel phreex, though, just because bald is sexy. (I'm getting sexier by the minute.)

David Raposa, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

DR: I'll side with the Joel phreex, though, just because bald is sexy. (I'm getting sexier by the minute.)

But wasn't Mike balder than Joel? I'm confused. No matter. I'm balder than both, and I agree with David.

Brian MacDonald, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

I'm watching Rocketship X-M right now and it looks as if Joel is balder than Mike. I agree wholeheartedly that BALD(ING) = SEXXXY (my real and imaginary boyfriends are testament to this) but Joel really isn't bald enough to be sexy-bald.

Michael Daddino, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

grr, watch it daddino.

ethan, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Le huh?

Michael Daddino, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Let me second Ned's Mike Nelson's Movie Megacheese rec. Even if you don't like or are not familiar with MST3K it is an extrodinarily funny take on a lot of overblown movies of the 80s and 90s.

Nicole, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Had you gotten that job I mentioned, David, you'd have been laid off about five months ago. So I did you a favor by being a hopeless slacker.

I think that my slight preference for Joel has something to do with a sense that the guy's a bit . . . off, where Mike is merely charming and funny.

Colin Meeder, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Merely? I wouldn't go that far, though he certainly projects more immediate affability. But every so often he comes out with something or takes on a role that makes you a bit nervous. Thus, when he wigged out about his old temp job in one episode, and in Time Chasers where he played his drunk angry brother or cousin, I forget which. Sure, it's a role, but he inhabited them rather well. ;-)

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Sampo once remarked that in interview, one can sense that there's something very dark and private about Mike just percolating below the surface, and that's colored my impression of him ever since. One thing to remember: "I suffer from excruciating headaches that dozens of neurologists have tried unsuccessfully to treat. I think I might be possessed."

Michael Daddino, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

I appreciate the fact that both Mike and Bridget are very private about their home life, but from the sound of it from some of Bridget's comments it's a very happy family, lots of singing and nuttiness and fun with their kids. A good reminder that the show was, after all, just a performance.

But yes, Mike has the angst in there somewhere. He just tempers it very beautifully -- thus his legendary turn as Morrissey.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Fair enough -- Mike probably *is* a churning cauldren of angst. But I think he (and his rage) are probrably more based in reality, where Joel strikes me as more otherworldly. Which I prefer (slightly, only ever so slightly) in humor.

Colin Meeder, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

one year passes...
Oh, about time for a revival (thanks in part to a recent link from Mike D.). Actually, there were a number of episodes I didn't have, mostly from the sixth season, but my Seattle trip has given me the chance to dub a lot of those from Brian's collection, yay me. Plus I finally have Daddy-O and Fugitive Alien, that took long enough!

To add to the book recommendations -- Mike N.'s general essay book Mind Over Matters is another fine read (the TV essay alone is some kinda genius, the mock 19th century novel even more so), while I very much liked Kevin Murphy's A Year at the Movies. Chris Piuma mentioned he felt it was fairly Joe Queenan-like and therefore not as distinct as it could be, but I think it was handled very well and worked as both microstudy of the moviegoing experience and general reflection. Certainly any of the ILF/film-going hounds on this board should consider reading/borrowing a copy, at least. Then there's Mike's new novel Death Rat, which I really need to order next month...

And praise to all the other castmembers doing things and the continual rolling out of more DVDs, though apparently Rhino says they've exhausted what they have the rights to right now and are looking into securing more, hopefully...

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 25 May 2003 15:08 (nineteen years ago) link

...although a quick check of the SatNews link sez there's some sort of further DVD thing coming out later this year, hm! Good thing to know. Also, anyone in Minneapolis can go to a writing workshop taught by Mary Jo Pehl next month, which I think would be great (I'm an unabashed fan of hers but she seems to really grate for a lot of MSTies...).

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 25 May 2003 15:11 (nineteen years ago) link

is this ever shown in the UK?

mark s (mark s), Sunday, 25 May 2003 15:12 (nineteen years ago) link

It may still be on the Sci-Fi Channel UK, but your best bet is to go on S0ulS33k and download entire episodes (which are about 700MB a pop, FWIW).

Michael Daddino (epicharmus), Sunday, 25 May 2003 15:16 (nineteen years ago) link

I've never come across it here, Mark - but I have never had the Sci-Fi Channel.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Sunday, 25 May 2003 15:21 (nineteen years ago) link

It was certainly on (late night) on the Sci-Fi channel a couple of years ago.

N. (nickdastoor), Sunday, 25 May 2003 15:24 (nineteen years ago) link

Michael, I kiss you! I had no idea there were mst3k episodes on soulseek.

Nicole (Nicole), Sunday, 25 May 2003 15:34 (nineteen years ago) link

Yeah, that sounds great, rah Mike! Nicole, I might be able to help with dubbing too though I still need a second VCR, but also please drop me a line about another possible source...

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 25 May 2003 15:52 (nineteen years ago) link

FYI, Best Brains Inc. has its own little shop with some non-Rhino treasures. I highly recommend "Mr. B's Lost Shorts" which has the hands-down best short, "Mr. B Natural" - you know, the one with the ridiculously perky, questionably-gendered Neverland shill for Conn brass instruments.

"Bad touch."
"Does this mean I like guys now?"
"I feel ill."
"Spanking time!"

Ernest P. (ernestp), Sunday, 25 May 2003 15:58 (nineteen years ago) link

warriors from hell indeed

Bobo Honk, real name, no gimmicks (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 15 May 2021 23:03 (one year ago) link

Imagining an Alt-Timeline wherein Torgo lived and became governor of Texas.

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 15 May 2021 23:07 (one year ago) link

Torgo theme blaring from lifted pickup trucks

Evan, Sunday, 16 May 2021 14:11 (one year ago) link

“We have nothing to fear... because the master likes you. Nothing will happen to you. He likes you.”

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Sunday, 16 May 2021 15:22 (one year ago) link

So here’s an artifact. Lately a YouTube user has been putting up MST3K ‘broadcast’ episodes, with the now-thoroughly ancient commercials of their time included. Amusing enough but what I hadn’t realized is that this person has included episodes from the original local TV run on KTMA 23 from Minneapolis in 1988-89. Meaning it’s all *local* ads. Some of them are standard enough promos for other programming or legal firm commercials, but some of them are very very of their time and place specifically. The sound in this episode is choppy and as with most of the earliest ones the riffs are much less plentiful and polished but if you scroll for the ads alone you’ll be amazed. (Amusingly, this was a repeat episode -- they talk about Christmas and New Year's but this tape was done on a March rebroadcast.)

There's a number of others up as well.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 16 May 2021 15:58 (one year ago) link

woah, the "broadcast version" treasures keep on coming! i just watched City on Fire in non-MSTed form (which, yeccccchhh), maybe i'll throw that one soon!

Bobo Honk, real name, no gimmicks (Doctor Casino), Sunday, 16 May 2021 16:45 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Mr. Corbett on what it's like working with Mike given certain...differences.

Separately, he was great being the host of a chat with Kristin Hersh last night for her virtual book tour!

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 2 June 2021 20:10 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Hey fun news, the latest live tour is happening and it's the Emily crew! They were great on that last one and now she'll be the host properly.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 6 July 2021 17:35 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

And it's a wonderful read, that's for sure.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 8 August 2021 00:16 (one year ago) link

two months pass...
three weeks pass...

Is there a turkey day stream this year?

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 25 November 2021 14:13 (one year ago) link

its up on twitch, youtube stream seems to be borked for the moment

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Thursday, 25 November 2021 14:13 (one year ago) link


Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 25 November 2021 14:14 (one year ago) link

youtube stream is working

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 25 November 2021 15:26 (one year ago) link

Won’t be able to catch it this year, someone post the list of new episodes when announced

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 25 November 2021 17:34 (one year ago) link

i’ll keep track & put up the list later, stay tuned!

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 25 November 2021 18:09 (one year ago) link

to think of all things, this used to be the oldest tradition in my family growing up.

dad forced us to watch it at first, but the Neanderthal boys grew to love it fast. my mother never understood it.

hoping I can watch some.

Cool Im An Situation (Neanderthal), Thursday, 25 November 2021 18:32 (one year ago) link

S13 films announced so far (I may have missed one)

Santo and Dracula's Treasure (1969)
Robot Wars (1993)
Beyond Atlantis (1973)
Munchie (1992)
Doctor Mordrid (1992)
Demon Squad (2019)
Gamera vs Jiger (1970)
The Batwoman (1968)
The Million Eyes of Sumuru (1967)

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Thursday, 25 November 2021 23:51 (one year ago) link

Nice mix!

Ned Raggett, Friday, 26 November 2021 00:59 (one year ago) link

The Shape of Things to Come (1979)
The Mask (1961)

you can see all the teaser clips here

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Friday, 26 November 2021 01:02 (one year ago) link

full list:


Santo in the Treasure of Dracula (1969)
Robot Wars (1993)
Beyond Atlantis (1973)
Munchie (1992)
Dr Mordrid (1992)
Demon Squad (2019)
Gamera Vs Jiger (1970)
The Batwoman (1968)
The Million Eyes of Su Muru (1967)
HG Wells The Shape of Things To Come (1979)
The Mask 3D (1961)
The Bubble (1966)
The Christmas Dragon (2014)

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 26 November 2021 02:19 (one year ago) link

A Pile of Ants (Boring, Maryland), Friday, 26 November 2021 05:35 (one year ago) link

Munchie is the first time a movie has ever broken me. I have visceral disgust and anger towards this movie now. I would gladly watch 500 Days of Salò over this again. The Mads @feliciaday and @pattonoswalt are unrepentant monsters

— Hampton Yount (@Hamptonyount) November 25, 2021

A Pile of Ants (Boring, Maryland), Friday, 26 November 2021 05:35 (one year ago) link

similar sentiments from Matt oswalt re munchie

I wrote for MST3K this season but the film that truly broke me was Munchie. I exorcized the demons with a Munchie birthday party, though I'm still triggered by Dom Deluise's voice.@feliciaday @Hamptonyount @jonahray @phunkybeck @rossbryant all suffered with me#MST3KTurkeyDay

— Matt Oswalt (@MattOswaltVA) November 25, 2021

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 26 November 2021 06:07 (one year ago) link

S13 starts March 4th, not that far away now

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Friday, 26 November 2021 06:58 (one year ago) link

it feels like eons :(

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 26 November 2021 07:05 (one year ago) link

seven months pass...

taken to watching old episodes on youtube occasionally with my boyfriend when we need a laugh. i only ever watched a few so i'm sure this is old news to everyone else, but 'catalina caper' is a good one.

the cat needs to start paying for its own cbd (map), Wednesday, 6 July 2022 18:08 (four months ago) link

also, little richard!

the cat needs to start paying for its own cbd (map), Wednesday, 6 July 2022 18:09 (four months ago) link

I'm ashamed at how attractive I find Michael Blodgett in that one...

Bait Kush (Eric H.), Wednesday, 6 July 2022 18:24 (four months ago) link

i'm partial to peter duryea but yes lots of crush of shame potential therein

the cat needs to start paying for its own cbd (map), Wednesday, 6 July 2022 18:29 (four months ago) link

Fantastic episode, easily top five of the early years.

New episodes this year so far — pretty good. Joel’s return with Demon Squad the other week was a delight.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 6 July 2022 18:49 (four months ago) link

I kind of like the other song in Catalina Caper, too - wasn't it written by Ray Davies or did I make that up?

Piven After Midnight (The Yellow Kid), Wednesday, 6 July 2022 23:12 (four months ago) link

Yup! Unreleased (maybe even unrecorded) by the Kinks, it might have just been a song he farmed out.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 6 July 2022 23:29 (four months ago) link

I just put on Catalina Caper the other day too -- I think because I saw the non-MST3K version listed on the TCM schedule.

Chris L, Thursday, 7 July 2022 01:18 (four months ago) link

Catalina Caper is part of an odd subgenre of MST3K films where the musical guests punched higher than the film's weight class. It has Little Richard, who looks as if he's at peace with the world. I remember one of the Mamie Van Doren films had Eddie Cochran, but he only got to sing one song. I can't think of any other examples. That's two examples.

Here in the UK MST3K was never shown on TV, and a lot of the cultural references would have been baffling. And I imagine they're baffling nowadays even if you're from the US, because the jokes are about things that happened twenty years ago to a pair of actors who were nostalgic for their childhoods, which were ten and twenty years further back in the past. Joel seemed to have a deeper memory. I remember putting a few episodes on as background noise. I felt that actually sitting down to watch them would have been torture - like watching Saturday Night Live. Not because SNL's writing is poor, but because it's a bunch of people I've never heard of, making jokes about people I've never heard of, for an audience that has nothing in common with me except for a shared language. I remember sitting there in front of SNL feeling nothing, stone-faced, wondering when the magic was going to happen.

But eventually episodes such as Manos and The Girl with Gold Boots and Space Mutiny clicked, because there's something universal about them. Slab Bulkhead defies cultural boundaries. And the show has a warm-hearted tone because it was aimed at kids and Joel Robinson is easygoing. Imagine if the show had been devised by John Sessions or Tony Slattery. It would have either been too clever, or it would have been mean-spirited. But instead it's easy-going. It'll be dark soon. It'll be dark soon.

One of the few bright spots in my life was editing the MST3K wiki's article on "Kim Cattrall" (the song) to add Köchel listing. I like to imagine that Kim Cattrall herself will one day dig through the edit history and thank me. There's still time.

"As if a switch had been pulled. There was no monster."

Ashley Pomeroy, Thursday, 7 July 2022 21:45 (four months ago) link

Also Kitten W a Whip (ann margaret)

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 7 July 2022 23:00 (four months ago) link

i'm really fond of the aspects of the MST3K films that punched above their class. not just in terms of music played in the movies, "moon zero two" has a really nice julie driscoll theme song (i think don ellis was also involved with the soundtrack); "diabolik" is also one of my fave morricone soundtracks, though unfortunately the original master tapes were lost or wiped.

Kate (rushomancy), Thursday, 7 July 2022 23:08 (four months ago) link

Most aspects of Village of the Giants punch pretty far above the show’s weight and it’s one of my favorites. But then again so is Racket Girls, and they don’t come much lower.

Bait Kush (Eric H.), Friday, 8 July 2022 01:54 (four months ago) link

And Zombie Nightmare had "Ace of Spades" as its theme song. I can't remember a thing about the rest of the film. The IMDB used to claim that Alien from LA had the most amount of production designers (or something) on a film ever, which strikes me as hard to very and of dubious merit. As with Albert Pyun's other films it looks and feels like a more expensive movie than it was, but it plays as if the script had been generated by a really good AI, e.g. the words make sense but it's a disjointed mess.

I remember feeling the same way about Cyborg. That film gave me a renewed respect for Bloodsport and Kickboxer. It reaffirmed my faith in them. Ever since then I have silenced all of my doubts by reminding myself that I once doubted Bloodsport, and I was wrong then. I once doubted Bloodsport. Really, if Netflix or Amazon wants to make a bit more cash, they should do a Cobra Kai, but with Jean-Claude Van Damme playing Frank Dux again. He could go back to Hong Kong and hook up with his old friends and reminisce about the passage of time. I would pay to watch that.

My recollection is that Soultaker, the first episode of the last series, was legitimately tense. I remember that one of the films was an expensive-looking Russian film that had been dubbed poorly into English - "sampo!" - and it might have been good in the original Russian. And there was Marooned, which at one time was a credible sci-fi film.

My first ever experience of the show was reading Roger Ebert's review of The Movie and thinking "why are they shitting on This Island Earth?". I avoided the show for years afterwards, although as Mike Nelson himself points out Earth is pretty ropey. The cast go to an alien planet - then come back, having achieved nothing. But when I finally tried it out, it wasn't what I expected. It was nicer, less arsey.

Ashley Pomeroy, Friday, 8 July 2022 18:22 (four months ago) link

Both The Sword and the Dragon and The Day the Earth Froze have gotten proper 4K rereleases in original form as Ilya Muromets and Sampo via Vinegar Syndrome. Both astonishingly beautiful films, among the best of the era worldwide in terms of fantasy and spectacle; the combination of the print quality and rotten American editing and dubbing made them perfect MST fodder in turn for some of their best episodes.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 8 July 2022 18:57 (four months ago) link

ooh yeah, I'd love to see a good looking print of Samples/TDtEF

Doctor Casino, Friday, 8 July 2022 19:11 (four months ago) link

deliberately avoided the mst3k/rifftrax versions of pyun films bc i think they’re so dope, especially alien from l.a.

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 8 July 2022 19:23 (four months ago) link

four months pass...

Turkey Day marathon well under way and Catalina Caper just started.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 24 November 2022 16:04 (two days ago) link

I am amused that Penn Jillette is back doing V.O. for promos and the like.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 24 November 2022 16:05 (two days ago) link

N e 1 seen the new episodes

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 24 November 2022 16:08 (two days ago) link

Seen 'em all! There've been some good ones!

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 24 November 2022 16:18 (two days ago) link

happy turkey day marathon everyone

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 24 November 2022 17:16 (two days ago) link

I think I’ve still only watched the first ep of the new iteration? Maybe one other

عباس کیارستمی (Eric H.), Thursday, 24 November 2022 17:28 (two days ago) link

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