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

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I especially love the scene in the "futuristic" night club. "She's presentin' like a mandrill!"

latebloomer (latebloomer), Tuesday, 6 January 2004 01:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Anyway, as long as this has been revived -- anyone in SF should try and get to the Mike Nelson/Kevin Murphy/Bill Corbett symposium this Sunday at SF Sketchfest, while, in a moment of truly inspired, delicious madness, Mike is providing commentary to a rerelease of Reefer Madness! He's apparently supposed to be doing other commentaries for the company behind this, Legend Films.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 6 January 2004 01:43 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

(Actually the quote on my part was '...got FOR me, Rick Astley?' Makes more sense that way.)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 6 January 2004 01:44 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The more I think about it the more I think that episode was their ultimate eighties riff/reference show.

"The death of Rick Springfield."

"Shake it Ralph Macchio!"

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 6 January 2004 01:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'm going to agree with Ned and say get Vol. 2. Pod People and Cave Dwellers are 'canonical' episodes, Angel's Revenge isn't as highly rated by the fans, but damnit I like it and the movie itself is a great 70's jigglefest camp. Plus, the shorts are pretty solid from what I remember.

Michael Daddino (epicharmus), Tuesday, 6 January 2004 01:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The shorts on volume 2 include:

"The Home Economics Story"
"Junior Rodeo Daredevils"
"Body Care & Grooming"
"Cheating"
"A Date With Your Family"
"Why Study Industrial Arts?"
"Chicken of Tomorrow"

A fine selection (even if two of them unfortunately recur from episodes also on DVD).

Angel's Revenge is just insane, especially thanks to the 'special guest stars.' Jack Palance, Peter Lawford, Pat Buttram, Alan Hale, Jim Backus, Arthur Godfrey! What the fuck!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 6 January 2004 02:02 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

We've since watched "Space Mutiny" and "Overdrawn" -- "Space Mutiny" was kind of a let down and blah (the hula hoop scene was great, everything else was a snore) but "Overdrawn" was fantastic. I had read a lot about what a terrible movie it was, but if you ignore Standard Confusing And Arbitrary Sci-Fi Plot #54, the visual style and music were terrific and the acting was, you know, not painfully awful. And the jokes were great. Plus the sketches weren't nearly as dire as most of the Sci Fi era shows I've seen.

Casuistry (Chris P), Saturday, 10 January 2004 19:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Space Mutiny" was kind of a let down and blah (the hula hoop scene was great, everything else was a snore)

You are dead to me.

"Overdrawn" was fantastic

You live again!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 10 January 2004 19:34 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Overdrawn" is HILARIOUS, but not as hilarious as "The Girl With Gold Boots".

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Saturday, 10 January 2004 20:30 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I HAVE INTERFAAAAAAAAACED!

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Saturday, 10 January 2004 20:31 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

It's time for your dopple, Fingal.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Saturday, 10 January 2004 20:32 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

What is this?

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Saturday, 10 January 2004 20:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I didn't want to bingle or bobble the Fingal dopple.

Dan is right about The Girl With Gold Boots just being plain nuts. I'm trying to dig up this brilliant picture from the film that was from a scene *cut* from the MST3K version of all things...

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 10 January 2004 20:37 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

We should have a MST FAP at EAT.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Saturday, 10 January 2004 20:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Okay, here -- I understand why it wasn't allowed in for time reasons, but this image:

http://www.jabootu.com/images/ggbundercover.JPG

(Stolen from Jabootu.com's brilliant review of the whole ridiculous thing.)

EAT, I'm afraid, does not excite my palate. But they do have tacos.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 10 January 2004 20:42 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I love the editing mistake where dude teleports into the booth in the restaurant.

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Saturday, 10 January 2004 21:09 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"I'M BACK!"

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 10 January 2004 21:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

(Jabootu's take on that is worthy of note:

Suddenly, due to an apparent splice in the master print from which this video was taken, Buz magically appears at the table in the middle of the conversation. (This kind of stuff never happens when they transfer Martin Scorsese’s films to video.) )

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 10 January 2004 21:11 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

MY MIND! I USED TO HAVE A BEAUTIFUL MIND!

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Saturday, 10 January 2004 21:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Nice PANTS."

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 10 January 2004 21:29 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Final Justice was on Sci-Fi this morning.

"Hey Malta... GET A TREE!"

jody (Jody Beth Rosen), Saturday, 10 January 2004 21:37 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Last one I watched was Squirm.

"oh come on, nobody's THAT Southern!"

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Saturday, 10 January 2004 21:40 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Snarf.

The final final ever TV broadcast of a MST episode is later this month -- The Screaming Skull of all things, but it does have that great Gumby short to go with it. Sci-Fi Channel decided not to renew the repeat contract alas, so after five years of a half-life the show will be permanently a tape/filetrade/DVD experience.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 10 January 2004 21:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

ohhh fuck! I should have been taping more! FUCK FUCK FUCKKKK! *cries*

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Saturday, 10 January 2004 21:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

karmically this is what I get for not being a dilligent enough MST fan. Fuck, I haven't even bought Side Hackers like I've been promising myself for ages. GOOCH!

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Saturday, 10 January 2004 21:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

TSK. Well, check the file trade networks as mentioned, pretty much everything is encoded now aside from the absolute earliest of the KTMAs.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 10 January 2004 21:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

this is awful! all i have is the boxsets and i feel so incomplete. :(

Pablo Cruise (chaki), Saturday, 10 January 2004 22:11 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

COUGH(S**ls*ek)COUGHCOUGH(Ebay).

Michael Daddino (epicharmus), Saturday, 10 January 2004 22:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

ebay?? hmmm....

Pablo Cruise (chaki), Saturday, 10 January 2004 22:39 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

(Use "mst3k" in your ebay searches rather than "mystery science theater.")

Michael Daddino (epicharmus), Saturday, 10 January 2004 22:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"junior rodeo daredevils" is some kind of peak of human endeavor

fiddo centington (dubplatestyle), Saturday, 10 January 2004 23:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"next week...geriatric rodeo"

fiddo centington (dubplatestyle), Saturday, 10 January 2004 23:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"the home economics story" too.

"hey look, it's lou costello in drag."

fiddo centington (dubplatestyle), Saturday, 10 January 2004 23:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Tool operator... tooooooool operatoooooor..."

nate detritus (natedetritus), Saturday, 10 January 2004 23:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

My sisters were really nice to me and bought me bootleg tapes of four episodes, covering many of my favorites: Racket Girls, Village of the Giants, Girls' Town, and the Colossal Beast one with "Mr. B Natural" on it.

Rodeo Daredevils:
"You should see the boys with her at the dances."
CROW: "Yeah, they buck her off right away."

Eric H. (Eric H.), Saturday, 10 January 2004 23:31 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Search: Creeping Terror's dance sequence ("here comes some juicy rump, a little more rump here, a little more rump there...") and their use of the lame music in the next skit for about nine hours or so.

Destroy: MST3K: The Movie. I'll take their claims that it basically halted their momentum cold at face value. And it's really not even a very funny episode. If it was in with the rest of the magnificent season six it would easily be the worst in the bunch.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Saturday, 10 January 2004 23:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Search: San Francisco International, really one of my two or three favorite episodes ever...

"Ah yes, the opulently appointed San Francisco International"

"Ditch him at the gate."

"That bitch, I'm the hostage!"

"I made-for-TV love you."

"Meet the new boss."

"The parents of the Beatles!"

... and that magnificent run of jokes at the expense of the kid whose mom is trying to let him down gently.

Mom: I'm going to try to explain this to you again, Jimmie.
SERVO: You're a loser and we're sending you away.
Mom: It's just that sometimes married couples need to spend some time away.
SERVO: Apart from their kids, I mean.
Jimmie: You're going to get a divorce, aren't you?
SERVO: Yes, and I don't want custody.

I could go on all day with this episode.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Saturday, 10 January 2004 23:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"I'm going to miss my neo-Renaissance lifestyle...and my green jacket."

Michael Daddino (epicharmus), Saturday, 10 January 2004 23:40 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"...my WINDBREAKER." < / pedant >

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 11 January 2004 00:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Damn, yes, I knew that line was wrong.

Michael Daddino (epicharmus), Sunday, 11 January 2004 00:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"junior rodeo daredevils" is some kind of peak of human endeavor

Old timer Billy Slater seems like he would be an unfortunate person to encounter.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 11 January 2004 00:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I love you windbreaker. Do you love me?

Perhaps if we had a child.

Insert Tab A into B movie.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Sunday, 11 January 2004 00:43 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Dig ME!"

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 11 January 2004 00:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I realize now that this little riff session went on a bit longer...

Mom: I'm going to try to explain this to you again, Jimmie.
SERVO (as mom): You're a loser and we're sending you away.
Mom: It's just that sometimes married couples need to spend some time away.
SERVO (as mom): Apart from their kids, I mean.
Jimmie: You're going to get a divorce, aren't you?
SERVO (as mom): Yes, and I don't want custody.
Mom: Now you know that hasn't been decided yet.
CROW (as mom): Although because of you it's very likely.
Jimmie: Do we have to go now?
SERVO (as mom): You have to go now!

Also, another great line: "Here's your script. You'll be playing 'Black Woman on Plane'."

Eric H. (Eric H.), Sunday, 11 January 2004 07:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

And Chris Fujiwara is so dead wrong. Just like Jonathan Rosenbaum was (sort of... his negative review of the MST3K movie wasn't exactly misguided, and he admitted to not being familiar with the show... but he still complained about the homo cracks which I grant were perhaps an overused crutch, but didn't strike me -- Mr. Touchy-Feely wrt Homophobia -- as anything to get hepped up about.)

Eric H. (Eric H.), Sunday, 11 January 2004 07:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

When I was bored this week, I checked out "I Accuse My Parents!" which reminded me how much I love this show. I don't know if it's a 'classic' or not, but the reaccurring "It's my birthday!" and "I won an essay contest" jokes got me every time.

NA (Nick A.), Sunday, 11 January 2004 14:40 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Wait, I want to hear more about this alleged homophobia on MST3K. I always assumed, by the way they handled it, that someone on staff was gay.

Casuistry (Chris P), Sunday, 11 January 2004 17:25 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I always thought in the later seasons it was Bill (certainly his character was meant to be gay insofar as he didn't actually have a body, but character does not equal actual person of course).

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 11 January 2004 17:32 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I settled on Trace, but figured I was probably wrong. I mean, it could have been Paul, but that's hardly exciting!

Casuistry (Chris P), Sunday, 11 January 2004 17:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Heh. But I like Paul. In the book Mary Jo mentions overhearing phone conversations with Paul as he pleads with a 'Debbie' over something, so who knows?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 11 January 2004 17:37 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


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