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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
Bridget Nelson (Happy birthday, Bridget!)
1922: Bert I. Gordon, producer/director of eight MSTed movies, including episodes 309- THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN and 319- WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST.* (Mr. BIG turns 95 today!)
1924: Albert Gramaglia, sound re-recordist for the movie in episode 817- HORROR OF PARTY BEACH.
1927: Gene Corman, producer of the movies in episodes 406- ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES and 701- NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST.*
1931: Anthony Newley, who was mentioned in the song “Clowns in the Sky,” sung in episode 303- POD PEOPLE.
1936: Jim Henson, who was mentioned in the host segment in episode 407- THE KILLER SHREWS.
1941: Igor Yasulovich, who played Torki in the movie “Cherez Ternii K Zvyozdam,” seen in episode K11- HUMANOID WOMAN.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1956: John MacBurnie (age 63), cinematographer for the season one serial RADAR MEN FROM THE MOON.
1976: Bruno VeSota (age 54), who played Sidney Chillas in 307- DADDY-O, Dave Walker in 406- ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES, Zebulon Tabb in 511- GUNSLINGER, Mr. Seltzer in 515- THE WILD, WILD WORLD OF BATWOMAN and Scroop in 806- THE UNDEAD.
1995: Arthur Walsh (age 72), who played a motorcycle cop in the season one serial RADAR MEN FROM THE MOON.
1999: Judith Exner (age 65), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 505- THE MAGIC VOYAGE OF SINBAD.”

EVENT ON THIS DATE
2005: Demi Moore, star of episode 322- MASTER NINJA I, married actor Ashton Kutcher.


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Weekend Discussion Thread: Your Memorabilia

Alert regular Kenneth asks:

What bits of MST memorabilia (as opposed to MST merchandise) do you have? Props? Autographs? Photos? omething else?

Let’s hear it!

Episode guide: 820- Space Mutiny

Movie: (1988) The leaders of a space colony must fight back when their security chief plans to take over the ship.

First shown: 11/7/97
Opening: Crow and Tom think Mike’s encyclopedias are outdated
Intro: Mike has new encyclopedias; Pearl, Bobo and Observer are in prison
Host segment 1: Mike’s tea time is interrupted by the bots trashing some escape pods
Host segment 2: Crow’s a Bellerian…or is he?; Bobo’s escape plan fails
Host segment 3: Servo installs railings
End: Tom is buff, Crow less so. Meanwhile Pearl, Bobo and Observer escape, and a fire begins!
Stinger: Our hero bravely screams like a girl and bails out
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• First of all, has everybody signed Sherri’s birthday card?
• For several episodes now, the show had been going very strong, but many fans point to this show as probably the zenith of season eight, where everything worked and they were firing on all cylinders. It’s good, okay, at least in terms of the riffing. Still, a geeky scandal plagues this episode and many of the segments are only so-so. I’m not sure the next two eps aren’t just as good.
References.
• The many many names of Dave Ryder just got funnier and funnier—and one, “Big McHugelarge,” later became a bumper sticker BBI sold. Scarcely a week goes by that someone doesn’t tweet that video.
• Paul’s take on this episode is here.
• This episode was included in Rhino’s (and now Shout’s) “The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 4.”
• The big scandal about this episode was the “Battlestar Galactica” footage nobody at BBI recognized. I remember at the time that several online fans simply COULD NOT CONCEIVE of the POSSIBILITY that they would not recognize this footage. It seemed simply out of the realm of possibility to them. I said at the time that this lapse pointed up the painful lack of nerds on the Sci-Fi Channel-era writing staff. If Frank or Trace were still on the staff, I don’t think this would have been missed.
• The encyclopedia segment sort of predicts Wikipedia, which would launch a few years later.
• That’s Patrick and intern Dan Breyer as the Roman guards, and that’s Best Brains Controller Tim Johnson, hopelessly typecast as Mike Down, CPA.
• Classical music buffs: What is the piece Mike is listening to in segment 1?
• Movie observation: Reb Brown’s character is supposed to be a military officer, isn’t he? Then why the heck is he walking around in a wife-beater?
• Trivia: The Mitchell family infests this movie. In addition to Cameron Mitchell, his son Chip Mitchell portrayed mustachioed crew member Blake and his daughter Camile Mitchell provided the voice (but not the body) for Jennera.
• The rest of us may not enjoy Cisse Cameron’s portrayal as Lea (and btw I cannot BELIEVE they gave the female lead in a space action movie that name). But Reb Brown apparently liked what he saw. The two are now married and the set of this movie is where they first met.
• Callback from the old days: The line “Guard! Guard! Sick man!” is a bit from “Red Zone Cuba.”
• Of course, another classic moment in this movie is when the character we saw killed in the previous scene is quietly back at her station on the bridge.
• Mike does a very good impression of SCTV’s Ed Grimley at a couple of points.
• Segment 2 is another of those “Crow is not right in the head” segments. I think they work because Bill really commits to the concept.
• Crow is still wearing his Bellerian costume in the theater.
• Mike, channeling protective father figure Joel, covers the bots eyes during some suggestive moments.
• Segment 3 gives Mike a chance to do some nice physical comedy. He nails it.
• Servo thinks the movie is Canadian. Nope, South African.
• Another closing credits conversation.
• The final segment is not the first time the bots have bulked up. They also tried it in episode 410- HERCULES AGAINST THE MOON MEN.
• Cast and crew roundup: special effects guy Jerry Kitz also worked on “Soultaker.” Makeup person Debi Nichol worked on “Outlaw of Gor,” as did production designer/art director Geoff Hill. In front of the camera, John Phillip Law was also in “Danger: Diabolik” and Cameron Mitchell was in “Stranded in Space.”
• CreditsWatch: Produced & directed by Jim. This was intern Todd Severson’s first episode.
• Fave riff: “JUST STOP AND AIM, YOU IDIOTS!” Honorable mention: “She’s presenting like mandrill!”

Weekend Discussion Thread: Two Favorite Movies (one bad one good)

Our pal MSTie suggests:

What is a favorite movie of yours that you wish the gang had riffed, but more importantly, what’s a favorite one of yours that is so sacred to you (if any) that you’d be angry/disappointed/offended/whatever if they riffed it?

First question: St. Elmo’s Fire.
Second question: The Philadelphia Story.

What’s your pick?