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MST3K.com’s KTMA Snippets

In 2009, MST3K.com (then under the control of Jim Mallon) posted a few clips from episodes K01, K02 and K03. MST3K.com has since been purchased by Shout Factory and completely redone and those clips are gone. However, a youtube user named “ILoveMST3KPromos,” posted them on YouTube (see below). Back in 2009, we did an entry about it and got comments, if you want to read them.

With the release of these clips, there was no longer any doubt that these episodes exist.

(I would like, at this point, to mention the exhaustive work done by the mighty and all-knowing Tom Noel, which was all the fan base had regarding these episodes for many years prior.)

K01
Clip 1, sick flowers: Basically a re-do from the pilot, so much so that Joel tells Crow to bring Beeper, just as he did in the pilot. Also, I don’t think Josh’s mic was working. In the comments, Tom Noel states that Crow was being voiced by Josh, and several others conjecture that this is the case, but I never picked up on the fact that Trace was simply not present for this episode.
Clip 2, well-lit crater: A very short snippet from the movie riffing. Josh is using a sort of Wally Cox voice.

K02
Clip 3, Thanksgiving: Josh is still experimenting with his voice. He sounds a little like Inspector Clouseau.
Clip 4, turkeys: Joel calls them “puppet bots.” Crow calls Joel Hoel Jodgson. Josh sounds like Floyd the Barber.
Clip 5, tanked: Another brief riffing clip.

K03: This episode is now the only one fans have not been able to see.
Clip 6, drugs: Joel does the same thing to Crow in episode 212- GODZILLA VS. MEGALON, attempting to show him what pain feels like. I think Joel just liked doing it.
Clip 7, nun-clucks: This was the period when Gypsy was Gypsum. Joel seems to have come up with a good rationalization for reusing all his props from his standup act: “Outer space is really an excellent place to develop new projects and new ideas.” The nun-clucks were reused in episode 321- MASTER NINJA I.
Joel’s comment about programming the robots to laugh at every joke sounds a bit like a program he installed in the bots in episode 424- ‘MANOS’ THE HANDS OF FATE.
In the pilot it was the “chiropractic helmet.” Here it’s the “chiro-helmet.” In episode 105- THE CORPSE VANISHES, it would be called the “chiro-gyro.”
Clip 8, tens of dollars: Another riffing snippet.

13 Replies to “MST3K.com’s KTMA Snippets”

  1. JLH says:

    Pretty sure that’s Josh voicing Crow in K01, in both clips. Which makes me wonder where Trace was, if he was even involved.

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  2. BIG61AL says:

    The episodes from KTMA era have their own special charm…

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  3. H says:

    I’d agree with that. Though it is definitely nice to see how things evolved, what worked and didn’t work. Wish they’d put more of the movies from K01 and K02 though, considering they never re-riffed those.

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  4. Jason says:

    I contend that the SOL bridge in the KTMA era was more visually interesting than what they came up with for Season 1, even though I realize the latter set was considerably bigger and more accommodating for the production as opposed to just being a backdrop.

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  5. Goshzilla says:

    Joel and Trace have admitted that they just ran out of time building the sets for Season One, and were acutely aware that it looked like crap.

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  6. bobhoncho says:

    I would say Servo’s early voice sounds more like Randy Newman.

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  7. Brandon says:

    I always think Bullwinkle J. Moose when I hear Josh’s early Servo voice.

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  8. Cornjob says:

    I’m hearing Kermit the Frog.

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  9. mst3ktemple says:

    @6,7 and 8 – I agree with all of you. In K02 I said he sounded like a cross between Bullwinkle and Randy Newman and by K03 it was more like Kermit the Frog. It would be a few more episodes before we would get the mighty voice of Tom Servo.

    I would so love to get a chance to see these episodes even once just to know the entire creation story of MST3K.

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  10. Dan in WI says:

    The thing that strikes me the most here is how much this feels like a typical traditional hosted movie in the vein of all those local hosted creature feature shows. A big part of it is the low budget feel associated with most of those shows and KTMA had that in spades. Another part if the lack of multiple takes and editing. More than once we get Joel stammering his way through a line. Stopping and taking a second take doesn’t even seem to be a consideration. This again is much like any other creature feature.

    At this point Josh really does have a different Servo voice for just about every episode. It evolves quick quickly before settling in on episode K05. People have commented they hear Randy Neuman, Floyd the Barber, Kermit the Frog and Bullwinkle J Moose. I think they are all right depending on the individual segment.

    I really do like Crow’s explanation of Thanksgiving. And thus a tradition is born.

    The drugs segment falls flat for me. I guess I just feel they really didn’t need to go there at all.

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  11. pondoscp says:

    Yeah, I’m definitely hearing a bit of Kermit The Frog, too.

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  12. Jason says:

    Seems like it went from Bullwinkle to Kermit by K03, and he stayed Kermit until Servo got his final voice in the K06 puberty segment.

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  13. Steve Vil says:

    “Oh, you ARE sick!” is a reference to Eraserhead!

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