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Episode guide: 1111- Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II

Movie: (1989) In-name-only sequel to the previous movie. Three kingdoms have been overtaken by three evil lords and only Tyor, a teenage boy with magical powers, can restore peace to the land.

Opening: It’s raining and nobody can go out and play
Invention exchange: J&tB have GIF Notes; the Mads have Punt Bunnies
Segment 1: Dark One’s Renaissance Inn and Grille franchise video
Segment 2: Jonah explains the ’80s wizard comedy craze
Segment 3: Grandma Pearl and crew visit and Kinga’s getting married!
Closing: Jonah suggests good movies to counteract various aspects of a bad movie
Stinger: Tyor gets a popeye arm
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (46 votes, average: 3.96 out of 5)

• What’s funny (to me at least) is that this movie feels less cheap than the last one, despite being a sequel. But the story makes even less sense than last week’s movie. The riffing is solid, if not always hilarious. The host segments are hit and miss.
• Great to see Pearl, Brain Guy and Bobo again. I thought this appearance was more relaxed and funny than the last one.
• Who provided the voice of the punt bunny? Anybody know? I didn’t see it in the credits.
• I had to look up “eggplant emoji.” I am terminally out of it.
• The segment in which Jonah explains the “’80s wizard comedy craze” seems like a long walk for a very little joke, as Johnny Carson once said.
• I’m guessing, based on Ardy’s mea culpa, that the brief shot in the beginning with people going underwater was longer and involved Carradine battling a sea monster.
• Callbacks: “Time for go to bed!” “The Chicken of Tomorrow.” Also a callback to an earlier season 11 ep: “Use that amulet to contact Big Foot.”
• The setup for the season finale continues, with Kinga dreaming up a wedding scheme.
• Of course, one notable star is Lana Clarkson, who in 2003 was killed by record producer Phil Spector.
• This movie re-uses footage from “Barbarian Queen” (with Lana Clarkson) and “The Warrior and the Sorceress,” (with David Carradine).
• Cast and crew roundup: Director Charles B. Griffith also wrote “The Undead,” “Gunslinger” and “It Conquered the World,” in which he also appeared. Mel Welles also is in “The Undead.” W.T. Zacha was wardrobe supervisor for “The Unearthly.” And we do not need to run through the Roger Corman litany again.
• How many Carradines does this make? Two at least…
• Fave riff: “I’d be more terrified if they both weren’t wearing relaxed-fit Dockers.” Honorable mention: “I’m forming a Stockholm Syndrome situation with David Carradine’s legs.”

This Date in MSTory

1893: Dick Gordon, who played the judge in the short X MARKS THE SPOT, seen in episode 210- KING DINOSAUR.
1905: Jean Paul Sartre, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 413- MANHUNT IN SPACE.
1925: Desmond Briscoe, electronic music composer for the movie in episode K09- PHASE IV.
1935: Monte Markham, who played the Intelligence Agency head in the movie in episode 324- MASTER NINJA II and was mentioned in a host segment in episode 418- ATTACK OF THE THE EYE CREATURES.*
1940: Mariette Hartley, who played Betty Lloyd in the movie in episode 401- SPACE TRAVELERS and was mentioned in a host segment in episode 509- THE GIRL IN LOVERS LANE.*
1944: Ray Davies, who wrote the song “There’s a New World,” sung in the movie in episode 204- CATALINA CAPER.*

1908: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (age 64), whose music was heard in episodes 416- FIRE MAIDENS OF OUTER SPACE and 505- THE MAGIC VOYAGE OF SINBAD.
1957: Donald MacBride (age 67), who played Capt. Donnelley in the movie in episode 702- THE BRUTE MAN.
1995: Jerry Fairbanks (age 90), producer of the short ONCE UPON A HONEYMOON, seen in episode 701- NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST and the short CENTURY 21 CALLING, seen in episode 906- THE SPACE CHILDREN.
1995: Jun Hamamura (age 89), who played Dr. Murase in the movie in episode 302- GAMERA.

2003: Bill and Virginia Corbett get married.
2011: Shout! Factory re-releases episodes 611- GUNSLINGER and episode 1009- HAMLET.

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Weekend Discussion Thread: The Little Things

Our pal Tim writes:

I was watching “The Blood Water of Dr. Z” and when Tom came out with the riff “I need to simplify my masturbation ritual,” you can see Crow’s head turn as he was having a “what did he just say?” moment. So i was thinking, what are the little things you notice about the show over the years (you can add Rifftrax and Cinematic Titanic.

During “Human Duplicators,” the movie makes the same comment at the same time one of the riffers does, and Crow calls it “riffback.” I’m sure that came from writing room experiences. It’s one of those little things that helps the show feel improvised, even though it isn’t.

You notice one?

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Episode guide: 1110- Wizards of the Lost Kingdom

Movie: (1985) In a fantasy kingdom, a wizard’s son and a warrior battle an evil wizard.

Opening: Max makes a fascinating discovery
Invention exchange: J&tB have Verbal Smoke Bombs; The Mads have the Sponsor Clock
Segment 1: Reasons Kor got the name “conquerer” and explanations for Kor’s face after killing four guys
Segment 2: Jonah sings “The Magic Inside of You”
Segment 3: J&tB read some viewer mail
Closing: Jonah shows Tom the “Wizards of the Suicide Cave: A Place that Feeds on Fear” play set
Stinger: The bowl explodes
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (77 votes, average: 3.83 out of 5)

• The first time I watched this one, I really didn’t like it. The movie is just soooo cheap. But this time through, I found myself laughing quite a bit. I’m definitely upgrading my opinion. But, ugh, this movie.
• The whole mysterious key plot in Moon 13 starts with this episode. I’m not quite sure it works, but, like with this episode, I’m giving it another chance.
• Chris Hardwick has gotta be happy for namecheck.
• One of the things people gripe about with the relaunch is that it’s sometimes hard to distinguish between Tom’s and Crow’s voices. I usually don’t have that problem, but if you wanted to cite a good example of that, look no further than the numerous Cryptkeeper impressions in this episode, which both Tom and Crow seem able to do quite easily and interchangeably.
• There’s no credit for “The Magic Inside of You,” so I have to assume it’s another Paul and Storm gem.
• Callback: “…tampered in God’s domain.” (Bride of the Monster)
• Jonah mentions Dr. F and Frank and Joel and Mike. I know, I know, it’s just a show, but should he know about any of that? Maybe the bots told him?
• No Rowsdower reference? Seemed pretty obvious to me. Maybe they decided it was too obvious?
• Cast and Crew Roundup: Thom Christopher was also in “Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell.” Roger Corman … well, that’s all I need to say.
• Fave riff: “Ralph Maccios assemble!” Honorable mention: “I would face a thousand cyclops brides before I swam through whatever that is.” “Oh they’re showing ‘Little House on the Prairie.’”