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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1905: Sydney Mason, who played Bill Salisbury in the movie in episode 522- TEEN-AGE CRIME WAVE and an announcer in the movie in episode 801- REVENGE OF THE CREATURE.
1913: Willie Mosconi, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 415- THE BEATNIKS.
1921: Margaret Travis, screenwriter of the shorts SPEECH: USING YOUR VOICE (shown in episode 313- EARTH VS. THE SPIDER), CHEATING (shown in episode 515- THE WILD, WILD WORLD OF BATWOMAN), WHAT ABOUT JUVENILE DELINQUENCY? (shown in episode 518- THE ATOMIC BRAIN), WHY STUDY INDUSTRIAL ARTS? (shown in episode 609- THE SKYDIVERS) and SPEECH: PLATFORM POSTURE AND APPEARANCE (shown in episode 619- RED ZONE CUBA).
1927: Robert Casey, who played Alexander Phipps in the short A YOUNG MAN’S FANCY, seen in episode 610- THE VIOLENT YEARS.*
1939: Priscilla Alden, who played an old woman in the movie in episode 913- QUEST OF THE DELTA KNIGHTS.
1944: Dardano Sacchetti, one of the screenwriters for the movies in episodes 705- ESCAPE 2000 and 911- DEVIL FISH.*
1972: James Chianese, who did some of the props in the movie in episode 913- QUEST OF THE DELTA KNIGHTS.*
DIED ON THIS DATE
1960: Charles “Slim” Whitaker (age 66), who played Officer Dugan in the movie in episode 103- THE MAD MONSTER.
1964: Alvin Todd (age 61), editor of the season two serial THE PHANTOM CREEPS.
1965: Jean L. Speak (age 72), who did the sound for the movie THE DAY THE WORLD ENDED (riffed by fans in Sci-fi Channel’s “MST3K: The Home Game”).
1975: Chester Jones (age 76), who played the native lead bearer Ladu in episode 802- THE LEECH WOMAN.
1982: Alfred Berke (age 83), wardrobe supervisor for the movies in episodes 208- LOST CONTINENT and 611- LAST OF THE WILD HORSES.
1985: Jane Ross (age 53), who played the truck driver’s wife in the movie in episode 205- ROCKET ATTACK U.S.A.
1995: Jeff Gillen (age 52), who played Fats in the movie in episode 207- WILD REBELS.
2003: Rufus “Skip” Ward a.k.a. James Ward (age 70), who played Buck Vogel in the movie in episode 615- KITTEN WITH A WHIP.

EPISODE PREMIERES ON THIS DATE
1992: Episode 404- TEENAGERS FROM OUTER SPACE first shown.
1998: Episode 907- HOBGOBLINS first shown.
1999: Episode 1009- HAMLET first shown.

EVENT ON THIS DATE
1964: The movie “Maciste e La Regina di Simar,” seen in episode 410- HERCULES AGAINST THE MOON MEN is released in Italy, its country of origin.


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Weekend Discussion Thread – Episode Guide, First Draft: 1110- Wizards of the Lost Kingdom, Pt. 1


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
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• Skeleton Crew songs: “[what song is this?],” “Sidehackin’” “To Earth” and “I Wish I Was in Old Canada.”

• Maybe it was my mood, but this one didn’t pop for me, the first time this season when I’ve had that reaction.
• No Rowsdower reference? Seemed pretty obvious to me.
• 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.’”

Thoughts?

Six-Day Marathon of Classic Episodes on Twitch

Shout! Factory TV’s official Twitch channel will be holding a 6-day marathon of 38 classic MST3K episodes beginning June 26th at 11 a.m. PT. Here’s the official announcement:

Watch live video from ShoutFactoryTV on www.twitch.tv

You can see the entire list of episodes included in the marathon by clicking on the link below.

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Episode guide: 807- Terror from the Year 5000

Movie: (1958) A scientist builds a time machine, allowing a scary woman from the future to appear.

First shown: 3/15/97
Opening: Tom “comfort rates” everything
Intro: The Observers make Pearl and Bobo fight, but the M&TB aren’t getting the message
Host segment 1: The Observers offer their superior food
Host segment 2: Mike sends Crow back in time, but soon regrets it
Host segment 3: The Observers croon “When I Held Your Brain in My Arms”
End: Mike sets Crow up with a blind date from the year 5000, while Pearl declares her humanity
Stinger: Observers
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Get Kevin’s take here.
• This ranks up there as one of the most incompetent movies they’ve ever done and, as you know, that’s saying something. An amateur cast playing unlikeable characters, a glacial pace to a plot that makes zero sense. Laughable special effects and a story with no payoff. Bleah. The segments are all pretty good, especially the song, but I think the riffing is a bit sub-par this time. There are still plenty of great riffs, but they seem a little thinner than usual. All in all a fair-to-good outing.
• This episode has not yet been released on DVD.
• This was the seventh new show in seven weeks. I remember the incredible feeling of being overwhelmed with new MST3K episodes with barely enough time to assimilate it all (a little like getting 14 new episodes at once). I was almost happy to have the two-week break that followed this show, just so I could catch my breath (figuratively speaking).
• Daleism: As the nurse/alien takes off her gloves, moist guy says “Your hands!” and of course the riff is: “I thought you were Dale!”
• For those who want a full list of the colors of Mike, Ward E has it.
• Mike once again channels “The Frugal Gourmet” Jeff Smith. Last time was in episode 608- CODE NAME: DIAMOND HEAD.
• Then-current riff: “I’m Jaye Davidson.” Davidson was still being talked about for his performance in “The Crying Game” five years earlier. “Suddenly Susan” then a popular sitcom starring Brooke Shields.
• Obscure references: The short-lived 1995 series “The Single Guy,” Mrs. Pynchon, a character in the TV series “Lou Grant.” Also: Servo sings the jingle for the long-defunct Northwest Orient airlines. Also: Nice obscure Beatles reference: “He’s a clean old man.” Classical music fans probably enjoyed the reference to the Brodski Quartet, a British classical string ensemble.
• Several Jimmy Carter references in this one, since the handyman vaguely resembles him. Of course, Carter’s administration was decades ago now. To a lot of this show’s young fans, they may as well be making Chester A. Arthur references.
• Kevin breaks out his great Flash Bazbo impression. The character was a creation of Chris Guest back when he was making records (and I do mean records, not CDs) for National Lampoon. “Hellooo?…Hellooo?”
• That’s Beez as the sparkly “Terror.” Not sure how I feel about uglying her up (if such a thing is even possible).
• “When I Held Your Brain in My Arms” was an immediate hit and the channel was nice enough to put the entire song on their web site. It was the first song since Trace bid farewell to Frank, and it really brightens up an otherwise rugged episode. Note that Mike lip synchs to Kevin’s vocals but Bill lip synchs himself.
• Annoying commercial: The special message from America Online boss Steve Case. To refresh your memory, AOL went to a flat-rate, unlimited-use pricing structure and, naturally, usage skyrocketed. Problem was: AOL’s system wasn’t ready to handle the jump in usage. For a couple of months, connecting (for you kids, we used to have to connect to the internet via telephone lines … and we liked it that way! We liked it just fine! Now get off my lawn!) was hit-and-miss at best and busy signals were the order of the day. Anyway, in this commercial Case strolls through what is ostensibly an AOL customer service call center and apologizes for failing to remember the first day of Business 101, when they explained that when you cut the price of something, there’s more demand for it.
• This is another movie in which all the sets seem to have filth covering the walls. Weird.
• For non-Trekkies, Pearl’s little speech about the nature of humanity is the sort of thing Captain Kirk would spout about once every third or fourth episode, usually after refusing to take part in some staged fight.
• The Observers steal the stinger again. What would you have picked? I think I would have gone with a shot of Angelo enjoying his magazines in his shack.
• Cast and crew roundup: No need to go through the Arkoff/Nicholson litany again. Producer/director/scriptwriter Robert J. Gurney Jr. (the guy you can blame for this mess) also wrote the script (i.e. ripped off somebody else’s script) for “Attack of the the Eye Creatures.” Production coordinator Mark Hanna also worked on “Gunslinger” and “The Undead” and wrote the script for “The Amazing Colossal Man.” In front of the camera, Ward Costello was also in “Code Name: Diamond Head.” Frederic Downs was also in “The Hellcats,” “The Skydivers” and “Red Zone Cuba.”
• CreditsWatch: Jim gets the produced and directed by credit. Kevin is associate producer. As noted last time, Lane Stiller and Steve Zocklein were interns for only two episodes, the last one and this one.
• Fave riff: Of all the plot holes to fill, they choose the scuba gear plot hole!” Honorable mention: “Do you have cartoon music playing in your head, too?” and “They are implying: POOM!”

Weekend Discussion Thread – Episode Guide, First Draft: 1109- Yongary Monster From the Deep

Movie: (1967) Earthquakes in Korea turn out to be the work of Yongary, a prehistoric fire-breathing reptile who’s headed for Seoul.

Opening: J&tB are having their weekly dream journal meeting
Invention exchange: J&tB demonstrate their tiny desks; The Mads have Hitler Coffee
Segment 1: J&tB discuss astronauts and the music they like
Segment 2: Tom explains his monster-themed club, Yongary Nights
Segment 3: J&tB discuss what monster they’d like to be friends with
Closing: J&tB and The Mads sing “Push Past the Hurting”
Stinger: Monster a-go-go
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• Skeleton Crew songs: “I Wish I Was in Old Canada,” “United Servo Academy,” “To Earth” and “Creepy Girl.”

• Capsule!
• J&tB are very musical in the theater this time. Lots of singing.
• Callbacks: “I’m huge!”
• The song they sing at the end is another great ditty by Paul & Storm.
• Fave riff: “IM UPSIDE DOWWWWWWWN!” Honorable mention: “Everyone grab one thing. Doesn’t matter what the thing is! Just take it!” “Welcome back to Speaking Spectacles. I’m your host, Glasses McFancyHair.”

Thoughts?