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Goodbye Sci-Fi

Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett reflect on MST3K's final broadcast.

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Season’s Greetings from Satellite News!

childschristmasinspaceWith the holidays upon us, it’s time once again for our annual holiday tradition, A Child’s Christmas in Space by Tom Servo.

Tom: It’s quiet in the cold of our own little orbit, starless and bible black. And as I look down on the big blue bean we would call home I think it so near, yet… oh, I wish on that star and I hope that in a little snow-covered house with a warm hearth and a loving family, maybe some kid is looking up tonight and wishing upon us. Oh, and how I hope sweet Santa will fly by tonight, because if he does I’m gonna reach right out and hug that big guy. Oh, for the sound of hooves against the steel hull of the ship. Oh, to see the rosy face of Santa in the porthole, offering me a Coke and a smile… (gradually becoming upset) …of course, his cheeks WOULD be rosy because it’s a VACUUM out there! I mean, Santa’s HEART would explode! (becoming hysterical) But HE wouldn’t feel it because the capillaries in his brain would pop like little firecrackers (Joel tries to calm him down) due to the blood boiling away in his face like pudding in a copper…OH THE HUMANITY!! (Now both Joel and Crow are trying to calm him down.) And his jolly old belly would start bubbling like a roasted marshmallow, eyes bulging and popping out… AND THE REINDEER–OH THE REINDEER!!!–keep floating like holiday floats and in turn exploding in a hail of blood and entrails! Prancer–BOOM! Dancer–BOOM!…
Joel: HEY!
Crow: Tom!
Joel: Tom, take it easy! Santa’s gonna be okay, buddy.
Tom: You sure?
Joel: Yeah, give him a little credit, okay?
Tom: Phew, what a relief!

And it is with that sense of relief that we want to offer you our best wishes for the Swayziest holiday season ever, if that’s okay, and hopes for an amazing colossal new year.

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This Date in MSTory

Baron Vaughn, who provided the voice of Tom Servo beginning with episode 1101. (Happy birthday, Baron!)
1878: Joseph Stalin, who was mentioned in host segments in episode 506- EEGAH! and episode 511- GUNSLINGER.
1879: Paul Klee, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 314- MIGHTY JACK.
1892: John MacBurnie, cinematographer for the season one serial RADAR MEN FROM THE MOON.
1906: Kam Tong, who played Jung in the movie in episode 104- WOMEN OF THE PREHISTORIC PLANET.
1915: Bill Zuckert, who played Ace Landon in the movie in episode K19- HANGAR 18.
1915: Natalya Medvedeva, who played Princess Apraxia in the movie in episode 617- THE SWORD AND THE DRAGON.
1936: Gary Gray, who played Tommy Blake in the movie in episode 510- THE PAINTED HILLS.
1938: Wes Dawn, make-up artist for the movie in episode K15- SUPERDOME.
1942: Harvey Atkin, who played Jud in in the movie in episode K20- THE LAST CHASE.
1943: Keith Richards, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 319- WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST.*
1946: Steven Spielberg, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 306- TIME OF THE APES.*
1950: Movie critic and historian Leonard Maltin, who guest-starred as himself in host segments in the movie in episode 909- GORGO.*
1954: Ray Liotta, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 904- WEREWOLF.*
1959: Mark Williams, who played a pool player in the movie in episode 904- WEREWOLF and also did the special effects make-up for that movie.

1955: James Conaty (age 60), who played a doctor in the movie in episode 201- ROCKETSHIP X-M.
1970: Ted Thorpe (age 52), who played cafe manager Al in the season one serial RADAR MEN FROM THE MOON.
1986: Sidney Clifford (age 84), set decorator for the movie in episode 522- TEEN-AGE CRIME WAVE.
2004: Valentin Bryleyev (age 78), who played the eligible bachelor in the movie “Morozko,” seen in episode 813- JACK FROST.
2006: Mavor Moore (age 87), who played John O’Brien in the movie in episode K16- CITY ON FIRE.

1988: episode K06- GAMERA VS. GAOS first shown.
1993: episode 520- RADAR SECRET SERVICE (with the short LAST CLEAR CHANCE) first shown.

1971: Thom Christopher, who played Troxartas in the movie in episode 703- DEATHSTALKER AND THE WARRIORS FROM HELL, married Judith Leverone.

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Weekend Discussion Thread: Joel-like Segments in a Mike Ep or Vice Versa

Alert regular Siting Duck writes:

Contrary to popular belief, certain styles of host segments aren’t necessarily exclusive to a specific host. What do think is the most Mike-like host segment during the Joel era and vice versa?

For the former, I’d go with Rocketship X-M when they attempt to trick Frank into returning them to Earth.

For the latter, the “To Earth” song from Diabolik.

Interesting thought experiment! Have at it!

RiffTrax Presents: Bridget and Mary Jo Go “Beyond Christmas”

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Episode guide: 910- The Final Sacrifice

Movie: (1990) Searching for his long-lost father, a teen runs afoul of a devil-worshiping cult, then teams up with a beer-guzzling drifter.

First shown: 7/25/98
Opening: With the power shut down, the bots go looting
Intro: Pearl decides to rule the world…one person at a time
Host segment 1: Servo’s song–a tribute to Canada–goes horribly wrong
Host segment 2: Everybody (but Mike) contracts Hockey Hair
Host segment 3: Mike comes down with a case of Grizzled Old Prospector Syndrome
End: The bots have formed a muffiny cult; Pearl has another victim
Stinger: “Rowsdower…?”
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (344 votes, average: 4.70 out of 5)

• This is one of the Sci-Fi era’s best. The riffing is rock solid, the movie is mindbogglingly dopey and most of the segments are good fun.
• This episode is included in Shout’s Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Vol. XVII.
• The Shout disk, by the way, has a fascinating interview with the guy who played Zap Rowsdower, in which he reveals that he had not seen this episode! I hope the Shout people gave him one!
• Mary Jo offers her thoughts on this episode here.
• That’s Peter Rudrud, in his only on-camera role, as Todd Gunderson
• Not a big fan of the opening or intro segments. Both ideas sort of peter out.
• Segment 1 became an instant classic. Hard on its heels came South Park’s “Blame Canada,” and there really was a (jokingly) anti-Canada vibe going on for a while there. I recall Canadian fans (who were getting episodes shipped to them by fans in the states, since the show never aired there) desperate for details of the song as discussions began online immediately after the show.
• Speaking of blaming Canada, M&tB found the phrase “Lemon Mine” amusing but it’s a thing, a Canadian thing.
• Segment 2 is another winner, a funny idea mined for just enough laughs, that doesn’t overstay its welcome.
• Crow and Tom still have hockey hair when they return to the theater.
• One of the things I love about this episode is the way the movie just keeps giving them stuff to work with. Just when you think they were running out of Rowsdower jokes, the grizzled old guy arrives. Oooh, it’s comedy gold, consarn it!
• Callback: “A worwilf!”
• Segment 3 extends the premise of segment 2 very nicely. Mike really seems to enjoy that beard.
• Another highlight of the episode: Tom sings the Rowsdower song during the credits, while Crow attempts to pitch “Final Sacrifice: The Series.” Clearly written by somebody who has suffered through meetings like this.
• I actually like the closing bit in the castle, especially Paul as willing — and hungry — thrall Carl. I especially like the way he very comfortably calls Pearl “my liege.”
• Cast and crew roundup: nobody.
• CreditsWatch: Directed by Kevin. Mary Jo returns to the writing room after her trip to the West Coast.
• Fave riff: “Dear Counselor Troi: I waited at Denny’s but you didn’t meet me!” Honorable mention: “I wonder if they have beer on the sun?”