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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1882: Edward Earle, who played Prof. Anderson in the movie in episode 808- THE SHE-CREATURE and the judge in the movie in episode 507- I ACCUSE MY PARENTS.
1886: Pierre Benoit, whose character Antinea appeared in the movie in episode 412- HERCULES AND THE CAPTIVE WOMEN.
1907: Orville Redenbacher, who was parodied in a host segment in episode 212- GODZILLA VS. MEGALON.
1909: Einar H. Bourman, who did the costumes for the movie in episode 602- INVASION U.S.A.
1909: Attilio Dottesio, who appeared in the movie in episode 410- HERCULES AGAINST THE MOON MEN.
1910: Hayes Pagel, who did the interplanetary sound effects for the movie in episode 902- THE PHANTOM PLANET.

DIED ON THIS DATE
1991: Brendan J. Stafford (age 76), cinematographer for the TV show “Space: 1999,” seen in episode K10- COSMIC PRINCESS.**
1992: Tatyana Pelttser (age 88), who played the eligible bachelor’s mother in the movie “Morozko,” seen in episode 813- JACK FROST.
1994: Donald C. Glouner (age 80), who did the special effects for the movie in episode 401- SPACE TRAVELERS.

EPISODE PREMIERE ON THIS DATE
1994: Episode 601- GIRLS TOWN first shown.

EVENT ON THIS DATE
1960: Keith Larsen, who played Commander Scott in the movie in episode 104- WOMEN OF THE PREHISTORIC PLANET, married actress Vera Miles.


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Weekend Discussion Thread: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Alert reader Brandon suggests:

The Good. Susan Gordon’s acting in “Tormented”.

The Bad: No monster in “Monster A Go-Go.

The Ugly: Mitchell’s baby oil.

Okay…The good: Batwoman. Because, duh.

The bad: RADAR!

The ugly: “Can you identify this bucket of your brother?”

Episode guide: 1114- At the Earth’s Core

Movie: (1976) A Victorian-era scientist and his assistant take a test run in their Iron Mole drilling machine and end up in a strange underground world.

Opening: J&tB are having a pre-nuptial heart-to-heart, but then Jonah introduces Growler
Invention exchange: With nobody coming to her wedding, Kinga turns to the Observer Hive Mind Manager. The bots have permanent temporary tattoos; The Mads have the Rip Taylor urn cannon
Segment 1: Jonah gives the bots a steampunk makeover
Segment 2: Crow’s a Mahar
Segment 3: Doug McClure visits and offers Max some romantic advice
Closing: As the wedding draws near, Pearl, Bobo and Brain Guy appear to give their blessing, but in the midst of the vows, Max has other plans.
Stinger: “He died as he lived…”
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• Lots going on in this one. First of all, there’s the movie. This is the second movie this season that was adapted from an Edgar Rice Burroughs story and stars Doug McClure (“Land that Time Forgot” was the other), and this one is even more OUT THERE. And more riffable, I think. The riffing is very solid; I laughed a lot. But the big headlines are in the host segments, with a new bot that did NOT immediately get stomped to bits, another big-name guest star, the return of several legacy-era characters (and performers), a giant crowd and the big question: what happened to Jonah?
• The bots mention Joel and Mike and suggest a combination of the two would be T.J. Miller. Hmmm…
• One thing about the movie: Nobody mentioned a KingaChrome spill but there were two or three very jarring jumps in the action.
• Joel McHale pops up and, just as he did on “The Soup,” he totally commits to the bit. In a season full of guest stars, he held his own.
• I’d love to know who wrote the “smelting” song to go with the opening theme music. It’s very funny.
• So, the first time I was watching this, when the Hive Mind Manager started talking, I’m going: “That voice is SO familiar!” Then all at once it hit me: PAUL! He does a great job and it was great to see him.
• Incidentally, Russ Walko did the very Rowlfy voice of Growler. I could get used to him…
• So, when the monster lunges down at Jonah, the view cuts to a wide shot and it’s unclear if Jonah was eaten, or escaped or something in the middle. I assume season 12 will find him making a miraculous recovery…
• As a kid who grew up in the Philadelphia area, I enjoyed the reference to the giant heart you can climb through at the Franklin Institute. It’s still there!
• Classic riffs: “Gamera is friend to all the children,” “And the crowd goes wild! Yay!” “Climb up to mouth level!” “He died as he lived…” “Football practice!” and a mention of a character’s “area.”
• Callbacks: Pearl sings a few bars of “When Loving Lovers Love.”
• More in-theater beat box fun as J&tB go all “Ballroom Blitz.”
• Nice visual riff: a “Fantasia” riff with Tom in Mickey ears.
• The Observer wedding guests were: Patricia Adams, Mike Aronow, Kyle Bacon, Jordan Brown, Andrew R. Brunner, Nick Carlson, John Cookson, Jason D’itri, Larry Dunn, Zachary A. Forsyth, Tony Goggin, Dave Goldblatt, Spencer Goldrich, Jonathan Gorbach, Laura Gorbach, Ike Haldan, Jason Kirk Harder, Larry Hastings, Jeff Hill, Adam King, Darcy Madi, Guillermo Martinez, Juan Martinez, Colin McRavey, Andrew M. Minoff, Amber Oliver, Paul Denver Reynolds IV, Kathryn Rice, Joe Sherman and Ben Tobin. This beats the number of people in the pancake breakfast host segment in episode 913- QUEST OF THE DELTA KNIGHTS.
• Cast and crew roundup: Since so many of these are for “Land that Time Forgot,” I will call it LTTF. Doug McClure was also in LTTF and SST- Death Flight. Caroline Munro was also in “Starcrash.” Keith Baron, Godfrey James and Bobby Parr were in LTTF.
Behind the camera: Director Kevin Connor also directed LTTF. Producers John Dark and Milton Subotsky also produced LTTF. Max Rosenberg also produced LTTF and “The Incredible Melting Man.” Editors John Ireland and Barry Peters also edited LTTF. Art director Bert Davey also art directed LTTF. Cy Grant did voice work on “Revenge of the Mysterons.” Cinematographer Alan Hume was also cinematographer on LTTF. Production designer Maurice Carter was also production designer on LTTF.
• Fave riff: “I dreamt I as a protocol droid.” Honorable mention: “Back to the Amazon.com warehouse!” and “This Petco adoption day is now what I thought it was gonna be.”

Shout! Factory at Comic-Con 2018

Shout! Factory returns to San Diego Comic-Con International in 2018 with signings with cast and creators of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and new official Mystery Science Theater 3000 merchandise. The Shout! Factory booth (#4118) on the main convention floor.

At 7 p.m. on Friday, July 20, in Room 32AB, join Brian Ward (Sr. Director of Blu-ray and DVD Production) and Jeff Nelson (Sr. Marketing Director) as they make special announcements and unveil exclusive sneak peeks of Shout! and Scream Factory’s upcoming releases. A fan-driven insider’s event filled with lively discussion and a few surprises, this panel discussion and Q&A will be moderated by Bill Hunt of The Digital Bits.

For continuing updates on Shout! Factory’s Comic-Con activities and news, please follow us on Twitter @ShoutFactory, on Instagram @shoutfactory, and on the studio’s official Facebook page www.facebook.com/shoutfactoryofficial.

Event Highlights at Comic-Con 2018 Include:
Thursday, July 19, 2-3 p.m. Signing with Felicia Day and Steve Vance at the Sails Pavilion at AA18. This is a wristbanded event.

A shirt with the above image will be sold, along with this beauty:

If you’re going, have fun and when you get in the main hall, try not to breathe. Just kidding.