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A New RiffTrax Short

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22 Replies to “A New RiffTrax Short”

  1. jay
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    Can we say dark?

       4 likes

  2. Yeti of Great Danger
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    jay:
    Can we say dark?

    You ain’t kidding.

       0 likes

  3. JediPeaceFrog
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    Just found out that the majority of writing for Rifftrax is not done by Mike, Kevin, or Bill…but staff writers.

    Really find that tragic.

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  4. mst3kme
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    Jedipeacefrog:

    Who the hell are you?!

    Fifty people have been killed by the recent California fires.

    *That’s* tragic.

    For your information, the writing for Rifftrax is done by Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, Conor Lastowka, and Sean Thomason, with occasional staff writers included.

    Look before you lip.

    JediPeaceFrog:
    Just found out that the majority of writing for Rifftrax is not done by Mike, Kevin, or Bill…but staff writers.

    Really find that tragic.

       17 likes

  5. mst3kme
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    “Drawing for Beginners: The Triangle”!

    The shorts for drawing rectangles and squares were hilarious!

    Can’t wait to buy this short.

    I wonder how many there are in the series.

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  6. littleaimishboy
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    I still remember, in Assembly one time we watched “Drawing for Beginners: The Chiliagon”.

    It was pretty harsh.

    “No! NO! That’s a CIRCLE! I told you to draw a CHILIAGON! DO IT AGAIN and get it RIGHT!”

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  7. Mr. Krasker
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    JediPeaceFrog:
    Just found out that the majority of writing for Rifftrax is not done by Mike, Kevin, or Bill…but staff writers.

    Really find that tragic.

    That’s been in the credits since forever. Now, I’m not sure what the percentages are, but it’s hardly a secret that there are writers on staff.

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  8. Mr. Krasker
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    mst3kme:
    “Drawing for Beginners: The Triangle”!

    The shorts for drawing rectangles and squares were hilarious!

    Can’t wait to buy this short.

    I wonder how many there are in the series.

    I’m very happy this short exists. I doubt, however, that the series gets very far into polygons beyond Rectangles.

    (Mary had a little lamb begins playing) “Today, we’re going to learn to draw beginning with the dodecagon . . . ”

    See, it doesn’t quite work.

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  9. Say No To Yes
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    mst3kme:
    Jedipeacefrog:

    Who the hell are you?!

    Fifty people have been killed by the recent California fires.

    *That’s* tragic.

    For your information, the writing for Rifftrax is done by Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, Conor Lastowka, and Sean Thomason, with occasional staff writers included.

    Look before you lip.

    Doesn’t Kevin contribute to the writing as well?

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  10. mst3kme
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    Say No:

    Kevin hasn’t recently contributed to the writing.

    You can ask him about that if you want.

    twitter.com/kwmurphy

    Say No To Yes: Doesn’t Kevin contribute to the writing as well?

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  11. mst3kme
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    Mr. Krasker:

    Well, there are circles and ovals. :-p.

    Mr. Krasker: I’m very happy this short exists.I doubt, however, that the series gets very far into polygons beyond Rectangles.

    (Mary had a little lamb begins playing) “Today, we’re going to learn to draw beginning with the dodecagon . . . ”

    See, it doesn’t quite work.

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  12. The Original EricJ
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    mst3kme:
    Jedipeacefrog:

    Who the hell are you?!

    And why aren’t you whining about the Netflix episodes, like your one-shtick-pony troll act is supposed to do?

    Thought you’d step out of your comfort zone for a little diversification, and…just didn’t have the info to work with, huh?

    mst3kme:
    Kevin hasn’t recently contributed to the writing.

    Really? So without Kevin, who’s been contributing the “This scene’s run on 3.2 seconds too long, take your freakin’ TIME, Movie!…No one will be seated during the epic Time-Padding sequence, spare us nothing!” riffs, then?

    Fifty people have been killed by the recent California fires.
    *That’s* tragic.

    (Although the “Westworld” set was also reportedly also destroyed during the blaze, so we can be allowed some limited giggling, within moderation.)

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  13. mst3kme
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    Eric J.:

    You’re a cold hearted creep.

    The Original EricJ

    (Although the “Westworld” set was also reportedly also destroyed during the blaze, so we can be allowed some limited giggling, within moderation.)

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  14. Lawgiver
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    The Original EricJ: And why aren’t you whining about the Netflix episodes, like your one-shtick-pony troll act is supposed to do?

    There’s that irony again.

       19 likes

  15. Terry the Sensitive Knight
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    for some reason I think of the Red Dwarf episode ‘Meltdown’

    “TRIANGLES! Always with the triangles! There are problems that cannot be solved with triangles!”

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  16. Johnny's nonchalance
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    Ah, just like Rimmer to use pacifists as pawns and cannon fodder. Into the breach, Gandhi!

    Terry the Sensitive Knight:
    for some reason I think of the Red Dwarf episode ‘Meltdown’

    “TRIANGLES! Always with the triangles! There are problems that cannot be solved with triangles!”

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  17. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    (off-topic, deal with it, or don’t, it’s up to you, I can’t make all your decisions for you)

    Having watched The Walking Shorts, I’m reporting two things that I found very noticeable:

    1) They overlooked what I perceived as some very obvious chances to use callbacks from MST3K, so I guess they’ve mostly put that material behind them.

    2) IMHO riffs about killing a hobo occurred a noticeably disproportionate number of times.

    Which reminds me of a piece of dialogue (from the 1983 TV pilot “There Goes the Neighborhood,” starring Buddy Hackett) which has inexplicably remained in my memory for the intervening 35 years (I may have misremembered a few words). Buddy Hackett’s character (a hobo) expounds upon the differences between a hobo, a tramp, and a bum:

    “A hobo is a migratory worker. A tramp is a migratory non-worker. A bum is a non-migratory non-worker. You lay a bum down somewhere, he’ll be there till he dies.”

    ===

    Two factoids about Space Mutiny’s in-universe backstory:

    1) Since it’s stated that the Southern Sun left its homeworld thirteen generations ago, a generation is generally considered to be 30 years, and the film appeared in 1988, the film’s action is set in or about the year 2378 (oddly enough, the second half of the last season of Star Trek: Voyager also occurs in that year).

    2) If I’m not mistaken and frankly what are the odds of that, the Southern Sun’s homeworld is never actually identified as Earth, only as an “overpopulated planet.” If it instead came from an entirely different planet, that helps explain a few things, particularly why the Southern Sun seems to have no non-white inhabitants: Their ancestors were from a planet that, like many another planet from earlier SF films and TV shows, itself just…well, just plain had no non-white people on it. That just happens now and then, I suppose…

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  18. GareChicago
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    The Original EricJ:

    Really?So without Kevin, who’s been contributing the “This scene’s run on 3.2 seconds too long, take your freakin’ TIME, Movie!…No one will be seated during the epic Time-Padding sequence, spare us nothing!” riffs, then?

    (Although the “Westworld” set was also reportedly also destroyed during the blaze, so we can be allowed some limited giggling, within moderation.)

    Improve your account.

    Gare

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  19. mst3kme
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    Touches:

    What did you think of the shorts on the DVD?

    A Case of Spring Fever
    At Your Fingertips: Cylinders
    Flying Saucer Mystery
    Basic Job Skills: Dealing With Customers
    Health: Your Posture
    Rediscovery: Puppets
    When Should Grown-Ups Stop Fights?
    Don’t Be a Bloody Idiot
    This is Hormel

    touches no one’s life, then leaves:
    (off-topic, deal with it, or don’t, it’s up to you, I can’t make all your decisions for you)

    Having watched The Walking Shorts, I’m reporting two things that I found very noticeable:

    1) They overlooked what I perceived as some very obvious chances to use callbacks from MST3K, so I guess they’ve mostly put that material behind them.

    2) IMHO riffs about killing a hobo occurred a noticeably disproportionate number of times.

    Which reminds me of a piece of dialogue (from the 1983 TV pilot “There Goes the Neighborhood,” starring Buddy Hackett) which has inexplicably remained in my memory for the intervening 35 years (I may have misremembered a few words). Buddy Hackett’s character (a hobo) expounds upon the differences between a hobo, a tramp, and a bum:

    “A hobo is a migratory worker. A tramp is a migratory non-worker. A bum is a non-migratory non-worker. You lay a bum down somewhere, he’ll be there till he dies.”

    ===

    Two factoids about Space Mutiny’s in-universe backstory:

    1) Since it’s stated that the Southern Sun left its homeworld thirteen generations ago, a generation is generally considered to be 30 years, and the film appeared in 1988, the film’s action is set in or about the year 2378 (oddly enough, the second half of the last season of Star Trek: Voyager also occurs in that year).

    2) If I’m not mistaken and frankly what are the odds of that, the Southern Sun’s homeworld is never actually identified as Earth, only as an “overpopulated planet.” If it instead came from an entirely different planet, that helps explain a few things, particularly why the Southern Sun seems to have no non-white inhabitants: Their ancestors were from a planet that, like many another planet from earlier SF films and TV shows, itself just…well, just plain had no non-white people on it. That just happens now and then, I suppose…

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  20. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    Well, just at a glance (and based on standards for Rifftrax, not for MST3K):

    A Case of Spring Fever — acceptable (I was lukewarm about the first version, too)

    At Your Fingertips: Cylinders — acceptable

    Flying Saucer Mystery — outstanding (although I’m accustomed to the “maybe” stance on UFOs so it was with dull surprise that I found the Brains’ comments to be so overwhelmingly skeptical; so it goes)

    Basic Job Skills: Dealing with Customers — acceptable

    Health: Your Posture — acceptable

    Rediscovery: Puppets — outstanding (although IMHO it would’ve benefited from more “obscure” references to puppets of the past; really, to some extent, quite a few Rifftrax features could IMHO benefit from more “obscure” references (to anyone, anywhere, anything, anywhen, anywhy, but any how…); perhaps the Brains deliberately cut down on “obscure” references for the supposed benefit of the general populace of Earth; hence separate standards for Rifftrax and MST3K)

    When Should Grown-Ups Stop Fights? — outstanding

    Don’t Be a Bloody Idiot — outstanding

    This Is Hormel — acceptable (IMHO needed additional horror/cannibalism jokes), although IMHO overlong by Rifftrax standards

    I noticed the opportunities for MST3K callbacks AT THE TIME but nothing real stuck in my memory to offer here.

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  21. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING ELSE

    While re-watching the riffed Rocky Jones episodes, I noticed character details during some of the host segments:

    In “Manhunt in Space,” Joel mentions that he has a sister. Is this the only time we ever hear about her?

    In “Crash of Moons,” Frank mentions that he quit his Arby’s shift supervisor job after being inspired by reading Jean-Paul Sartre. So at least we know he wasn’t fired, that’s one mystery solved. ;-)

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  22. Lawgiver
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    touches no one’s life, then leaves:
    NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING ELSE

    While re-watching the riffed Rocky Jones episodes, I noticed character details during some of the host segments:

    In “Manhunt in Space,” Joel mentions that he has a sister. Is this the only time we ever hear about her?

    In “Crash of Moons,” Frank mentions that he quit his Arby’s shift supervisor job after being inspired by reading Jean-Paul Sartre. So at least we know he wasn’t fired, that’s one mystery solved. ;-)

    This kind of thing might make a good WDT.

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