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Goodbye Sci-Fi

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

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Countdown to MST3K Relaunch

Mystery Science Theater 3000 debuts on Netflix on April 14, 2017. Episodes are usually posted at midnight Pacific Time, but we can’t guarantee that this countdown is 100% accurate.

In the meantime, how about a trailer?

This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1903: Domenico Scala, cinematographer for the movie in episode 605- COLOSSUS AND THE HEADHUNTERS.
1905: Monty Berman, producer and cinematographer for the movie in episode 101- THE CRAWLING EYE.
1907: Claude Stroud, who played the hotel manager in the movie in episode 415- THE BEATNIKS.
1911: Aaron Stell, editor of the movies in episodes 402- THE GIANT GILA MONSTER, 407- THE KILLER SHREWS and 517- BEGINNING OF THE END.
1916: Harry Fleer, who played Jedrow in the movie in episode 320- THE UNEARTHLY and Mr. Hubbard in 414- TORMENTED.
1919: Strother Martin, who played Nihka in the movie WORLD WITHOUT END, the movie riffed in MST3K’s first live show.
1931: Leonard Nimoy, who was parodied in the host segments of several episodes.
1934: Alan Arkin, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 311- IT CONQUERED THE WORLD.*
1946: Johnny Crawford, who played Horsey in the movie in episode 523- VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS and played Ken Brewster in the movie in episode 906- THE SPACE CHILDREN.*
1949: Vicki Lawrence, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 560- EEGAH!*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1827: Ludwig Van Beethoven (age 56), whose piano sonata “Moonlight” was heard in the movie in episode 624- SAMSON VS. THE VAMPIRE WOMEN.
1976: Rory Mallinson (age 72), who played Hank in the movie in episode 611- LAST OF THE WILD HORSES.
1982: Sam Kydd (age 67), who played a bar man in the movie in episode 111- MOON ZERO TWO and Harry in the movie in episode 901- THE PROJECTED MAN.
1990: Tristram Coffin (age 80), who played Dr. Foster in the episode 105- THE CORPSE VANISHES, Security Chief Meidel in the movie in episode 106- THE CRAWLING HAND and Michael in the movie in episode 520- RADAR SECRET SERVICE. He also appeared in the movie in episode 702- THE BRUTE MAN.
1996: Scott Douglas (age 68), who played Lt. Lewis in the movie in episode 603- THE DEAD TALK BACK.
2001: Diane Sayer (age 63), who played Midge in the movie in episode 615- KITTEN WITH A WHIP.
2005: Eddie Saeta (age 90), assistant director of the movie in episode 522- TEEN-AGE CRIME WAVE.

EVENTS ON THIS DATE
1990: The Academy Awards ceremony is hosted by Billy Crystal, who played David in the movie in episode K13- SST-DEATH FLIGHT.
2000: The Academy Awards ceremony is hosted by Billy Crystal, who played David in the movie in episode K13- SST-DEATH FLIGHT.
2002: Rhino Home Video releases episode 507- I ACCUSE MY PARENTS and 619- RED ZONE CUBA on DVD.


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** = If this appears next to a death date, the IMDB does not have this person’s full birthday. If you can provide it (with some sort of proof we can check), please let us know.

Weekend Discussion Thread: What Pop Culture Disappointed You?

I am going to steal a discussion thread from a great Facebook page called MST3K Revival League and a fellow named Josh Brock. It’s a little outside the box, but it has generated hundreds of responses over there and I am curious what you guys are going to say.

Alright, this might be fun. Here we go. So, new MST in April, and I know that this is a moment that is huge in everyone’s hearts here. I also think it will not disappoint. It’s gonna be great, maybe different than what is expected, maybe something that will take time to soak in, but great. But, what I want to know about is a pop culture moment in you peoples lives that did disappoint. Video game, tv, movie, whatever. What’s the thing that broke your heart the hardest. Also, I want this post to be a safe space, so anyone is allowed to have hated whatever they want without repercussions.
For me, the first thing that comes to mind is the episode “across the sea” of Lost. Us diehard losties knew this was going to be the origin episode we needed, and instead it was just more vague half-implied and half-hearted explanations and pretentiousness that was the foreshadowing of the polarizing ending of the series we got. Just a huge punch in the gut after spending the whole season waiting for it.
Anyways…. your turn.

For some reason the first thing I thought of was the first Tomb Raider movie. I loved the game (well, I loved the memories I have of playing it with my daughter) and I really wanted it to be good. And it just wasn’t.

I would also mention the Seinfeld finale. I was a big fan and it felt like somebody pulled the plug and all the comedy drained out.

One other: the terrible Hitchhiker’s Guide movie, which may be unfilmable but they could have done something better than this.

Have at it!

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Episode guide: 703- Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell

Movie: (1988) In medieval times, a smirky hero goes on quest for some magical stones and battles an evil sorcerer.

First shown: 2/17/96
Opening: Crow has new hair–and calf and hinder implants
Intro: Pearl is sick, and M&tB’s fast food restaurant just makes things worse for Dr. F
Host segment 1: The bots put on a Ren Fest for Mike
Host segment 2: Mike just can’t get enough of the Ren Fest
Host segment 3: Crow reads a trashy romance novel to a medicated Pearl
End: Mike reads a letter while Servo forges the One Ring; meanwhile Dr. F. goes Hitchcocky
Stinger: “Potatoes are what we eat!”
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• You can read Kevin’s comments on this episode here.
References.
• This episode is available on Shout’s “Volume XXXV.”
• After two good-but-not-great installments, the season really picks up steam with this one. I love it! Zany movie, great riffing, funny segments, just lots of fun.
• Kevin has a few thoughts about Pearl’s endless cries of “Clayton!” I loved it. Great work by Mary Jo. Great work by Trace. Hilarious bit, but even funnier by the intrusion of M&tB doing an elaborate fast food bit that drives Dr. F to the brink.
• Note that Crow and Tom’s name tags say “Mary Jo” and “Paul.”
• Crow and Tom wear the goofy hats into the theater, but Mike soon removes them.
• “Aw, this is a sequel to somethin’!” cries Crow in dismay. Indeed it is. It is a sequel to “Deathstalker” (1983) and “Deathstalker II: Duel of the Titans” (1987). But wait! There’s more! It is also a prequel to Deathstalker IV: Match of the Titans (1990). Sheesh.
• M&tB take on Ren Fests once again (previously pummeled in episode 303- POD PEOPLE and also given the razz by Frank in an invention exchange in episode 402- THE GIANT GILA MONSTER, with his renaissance festival punching bags). But here they devote two entire segments to it.
• Then-current reference: Douglas Brackman, a character from the TV series “L.A. Law” played by Alan Rachins.
• The bots mention Edgar Bronfman a guy who was looming large in BBI’s life at the time: he was at the heart of a series of big media deals that were causing various companies that were paying BBI to repeatedly change hands, causing them to have a constantly changing series of corporate overlords.
• The line “I dreamed a gold man was reading to me from a dirty book” will live forever in the hearts of MSTies.
• When, toward the end of the movie, they yell “Sampo! Sampo!” I assume they are talking about me. You are invited to think so, too.
• I hadn’t noticed before that this episode has an instance of “I thought you were Dale.”
• Callback: “Mr B…Natural!”
• Being a LOTR buff makes this episode extra fun (and remember that this was still years before the popular movies came out, and LOTR was still the province of uber-nerds). We hear Tolkien proper nouns like Saruman, Gandalf, Radagast, Khazad-dum and Nazgul. There’s even a segment in which Tom tries to forge The One Ring (and apparently succeeds – good for him!). I know that Paul was a LOTR fan (when Erhardt and I visited BBI just before the beginning of season eight the topic somehow came around to Tolkien and he admitted to being a fan and even used the phrase “ash nazg gimbatul,” which caused much derisive snickering among his cohorts).
• The final bit with the glass of milk is a reference to Hitchcock movie “Suspicion.”
• The cast and crew round-up has only one entry this week: Miguel Angel Fuentes is also in “The Pumaman.”
• CreditsWatch: Host segments directed by Trace Beaulieu. She was credited as a “prop assistant” in episode 701 (both versions) but then was not in the credits for 702. But in this one, Beth “Beez” McKeever returns as “Prop assistant/Buyer.” Ben Mooers begins a four-episode stint as an intern, apparently replacing Beez.
• Fave riff: “Guess what I’ve been doing!” Honorable mention: “I put the .. beats … in my own … script and I’m sticking … with them!” and “That was the name of the last guy!”

Weekend Discussion Thread: Your Favorite Misheard/Misread Line

Alert regular MSTie suggests:

Best/Worst/Most Confusing misheard/misread/misunderstand line of dialog (sometimes known as a Mondegreen).
Without a doubt, the “Idiot Control Now” song in Pod People is one giant Mondegreen.

Many of these come from bad sound or out of focus visuals.
One of my favorites, from early in “Warrior of the Lost World,” is when Joel decides a title card says “All the gummy mints have colitis.”

What’s your favorite?

And PLEASE keep sending those topic suggestions!

Frank Will Help Riff ‘Leprechaun in the Hood’

Frank will be among the comedians riffing on “Leprechaun in the Hood” Friday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day) at QED, 27-16 23rd Ave., Astoria, NY.

Details here.Local news story about it here.

Thanks to Paul for the heads up.

Episode guide: 702- The Brute Man (with short: ‘The Chicken of Tomorrow’)

702s

Short: (1948) The many aspects of the modern chicken farming industry are shown.
Movie: (1946) A disfigured man takes revenge on the college pals he believes caused his condition.

First shown: 2/10/96
Opening: Tom is getting into real estate
Intro: Pearl is going out and puts Crow in charge
Host segment 1: Tom is inside an egg
Host segment 2: Mike calls his old girlfriend to ask her to help him escape
Host segment 3: Crow wants Mike and Tom to sing “Hang down your head, Tom Dewey”
End: Letters, Tom is not a good landlord, and Dr. F. turns Pearl’s date into a chicken of tomorrow
Stinger: “Creeper, Creeper, Creeper! YOU give me the creeps!”
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• This is one of those episodes where the short really builds up a head of steam, but the riffing of the movie just can’t maintain the pace, so it starts to drag in the last half hour. But overall it’s a great episode, with mostly good host segments with Dr. F a bit less wimpy than last week.
• This episode is included in Shout’s “Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Vol XXII.”
• You can read Paul’s comments on this episode here.
• In the opening, watch Mike think about Crow’s “cajones” remark for several moments before objecting. Nicely done.
• I had no memory of the bit in the intro where they seem to be extracting a portion of a stuffed animal from Gypsy’s teeth. Nice little random element.
• Why is Dr. F quietly sewing the head of piglet onto the body of a fish? Why not?
• Of course that’s Paul as the oily lothario Sandy. Poom!
• Pearl again calls Crow Art.
• Mike is pitch perfect as a pouting 7-year-old when told Crow will be his babysitter.
• Note for anyone seeking an unMSTed version of this short: There is a different short with same title at archive.org. It does include some of the same footage, but it’s definitely a different short.
• There is so much realty talk in this episode. Who on the writing staff was buying a house?
• Obscure reference: Mike mentions a painter named Susan Rothstein. I’ve googled her and there does appear to be such a person, but she’s pretty obscure.
• Only slightly less obscure: Mike’s reference to Alicia de Larrocha. Also pretty obscure: references to jazz musicians Terry Gibbs and Diane Schuur.
• In the short, the narrator claims there is no county in a America where somebody is not raising chickens (I assume he means commercially). That’s a remarkable thing, if true, and I bet that’s not true any more (again, at least not commercial chicken farming; raising a few chickens for personal use is, I think, on the increase).
• Sadly, this is the last short for more than 30 episodes.
• Season seven brings us a new non-spaghetti ball bumper: A shot of a movie projector with the name of the movie on a card nearby. Rather than the rotating series of bumpers we had in season six, either the projector or the spaghetti ball was used.
• Callbacks: “Oh, it’s true.” (The Dead Talk Back)
• This is one of the oldest movies MST3K did. Only “The Corpse Vanishes,” “The Mad Monster” and “I Accuse My Parents” are older. By the way, the woman playing Joan Bemish is Mickey Dolenz’s mom.
• Of course, an early highlight is the old grumpy shopkeeper Mr. Harkins, who seems to have cracked them up.
• In segment two, for the first time in a long time, we find Mike actively trying to escape the SOL. That’s not something that had really been on the front burner in the latter half of season six.
• That’s Bridget on the phone, and, I think, Paul as the little kid.
• Interesting line when Crow sees the “23” on the Creeper’s lair: “Hey. it’s KTMA!”
• Segment 3 is one of those sketches about a bad idea for a sketch. The brains seem to enjoy the meta-ness of them. But they’re not so much funny as kind of wry.
• Cast and crew roundup: Producer Ben Pivar had a story credit on “The Leech Woman.” Editor Philip Cahn also worked on “Lost Continent.” Makeup guy Jack Pierce also worked on “Amazing Transparent Man.” Set designer Russell A. Gausman also worked on “The Leech Woman” and “This Island Earth.” “Revenge of the Creature,” “The Mole People,” “The Deadly Mantis” and “The Thing That Couldn’t Die” (which I think is why you keep seeing that hamburger/map picture on people’s walls). Sound tech Joe Lapis worked on “The Leech Woman.” Score composer Hans J. Salter also worked on “This Island Earth” and “The Leech Woman.”
In front of the camera: Tom Neal was also in “Radar Secret Service.” Fred Coby was also in “Jungle Goddess.” Peggy Converse was also in “The Thing that Couldn’t Die.” Tristram Coffin was also in “Radar Secret Service,” “The Corpse Vanishes” and “The Crawling Hand.”
• CreditsWatch: Host segments directed by Kevin Murphy. This was prop assistant Dean Trisko’s last episode and Beth McKeever’s last episode as an intern.
• Fave riff from the short: “I’ve seen the episode where the eggs are coming too fast and she puts them in her mouth!” Honorable mention: “You think I can wear these pants out tonight?”
• Fave riff from the movie: “Honey? My face is as big as ever and someone shot my sizzler off!” Honorable mention: “Clog dancers!”

All Classic Episodes Ranked

Jim Vorel at Paste Magazine has undertaken that herculean task of ranking every classic MST3K episode. I certainly don’t agree with all the rankings (I’m guessing nobody but Jim will) but I raise a glass to his noble effort. Check it out here.

Classic Episodes Coming to Netflix

The Shout! Factory Tumblr blog posted this:

FAN-FAVORITE CLASSIC EPISODES OF MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 COMING TO @netflix MARCH 15, 2017!

We’ve got movie sign! Classic episodes of the cult-hit comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) are coming to @netflix on March 15, 2017!

Ahead of the much anticipated new season’s release exclusively on Netflix on April 14, 2017, twenty fan-favorite episodes of MST3K will be available to stream, including beloved episodes Manos: The Hands of Fate, Space Mutiny, I Accuse My Parents and Pod People.

Beloved by a legion of fans worldwide and ranked by top media culture critics as one of the best cult television shows of all time, MST3K follows the motley crew of a human host and his two robot sidekicks aboard the Satellite of Love. The hapless host, trapped by mad scientists on a satellite in space, is forced to watch some of the most outrageously unfortunate B-movies ever created. To keep sane, he’s built two robot sidekicks, and together they do a running commentary on the films, affectionately mocking their flaws with inspired wisecracks and acting as a demented movie theater peanut gallery.

Created by Joel Hodgson, MST3K’s first season aired on KTMA-TV in Minneapolis. Its national broadcast life began in 1989 on the Comedy Channel (later to become Comedy Central), where it ran for seven seasons. The show’s final three seasons aired on the Sci-Fi Channel. Series creator Hodgson originally played stranded host, Joel Robinson. When he left in 1993, series head writer Mike Nelson replaced him as the new B-movie victim, and continued in the role for the rest of the show’s run. The format proved to be popular, and during its eleven years and 198 episodes (including one feature film), MST3K attained a loyal fan base and critical acclaim. The series won a Peabody Award in 1993, and was nominated for writing Emmys in 1994 and 1995.

The highly successful Mystery Science Theater Kickstarter campaign to #BringBackMST3K surpassed the goal of fully funding the production of 14 new episodes and set the world record as the highest-funded Film and TV crowdfunding campaign in history. New episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000, a Netflix original series, will debut on April 14, 2017.

The complete list of classic MST3K episodes coming to Netflix includes:
· Catalina Caper
· Eegah!
· Future War
· The Giant Gila Monster
· Hercules Against the Moon Men
· Horrors of Spider Island
· I Accuse My Parents
· Jack Frost
· Laserblast
· Manos: The Hands of Fate
· Merlin’s Shop of Mystical Wonders
· Pod People
· Puma Man
· Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
· Sidehackers
· Space Mutiny
· Teenagers from Outer Space
· Time Chasers
· Werewolf
· Zombie Nightmare

Thanks to Paul for the heads up.