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Episode guide: 1206- Ator, the Fighting Eagle

Movie: (1982) After his village is destroyed by the Spider King’s forces, a warrior seeks vengeance.

Opening: Synthia has delivered the song to Dr. Erhardt.

Invention exchange: J&tB have come up with the Swiss army cheese wheel. The Mads have created the Totino’s Pizza Roll Popper.

Segment 1: J&tB re-enact Griba’s fighting lessons.

Segment 2: Kiog the bear visits and ends up on Moon 13

Close: J&tB are in Deep 13 and are loaded onto a transport to Earth to begin a live tour. Jonah leaves the last movie capsule with Kinga, instructing her to put it in place. When she does, the entire containment vessel descends into a tunnel leading to … a riffing theater, with “Mr. B Natural” playing.

Stinger: Griba’s rule #2: surprise.

Thoughts:
• Josh makes his second appearance this season.
• J&tB sing a verse of a parody of a song from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” The authors of the song are not named in the credits.
• The eight bars of “There’s a cut on my hand” was written by Elliott Kalan and Patton Oswalt.
• Kinga breaks the fourth wall with a classic “monologuing” speech.
• The tour bus is called “Deep Hurting.”
• The song “Your Show Stinks,” sung during the credits, was written by Paul & Storm, a song that includes a reference to a “hamdinger.”
• What was the point of MWaverly retrieving his backpack? Will we ever know, or am I missing something?
• Callbacks: How much Keefe is in this movie? (CAVE DWELLERS)
• Cast and crew roundup: director Joe D’Amato also directed “Cave Dwellers.” Gregory Snegoff, who provided the (uncredited) voice for Miles O’ Keeffe in the English language version of this movie, also did so in “Cave Dwellers.” Carolyn De Fonseca, who voiced Indun, also did voices in “Secret Agent Super Dragon,” “The Loves of Hercules” and “Hercules Against the Moon Men.”
In front of the camera: Miles O’Keeffe also portrayed Ator in “Cave Dwellers.” Nello Pazzafini was also in “Danger!! Death Ray” and “Secret Agent Super Dragon.” Bruno Biolotta was also in “Warrior of the Lost World.”
• Fave riff: “Very hard to ignore that man outside being killed by an elephant.” Honorable mentions: “Sir, this is plastic, and I don’t think — okay, see you in a bit,” “And remember, the winner gets to experience unanesthetized childbirth” and “Slippers for cats.”

67 Replies to “Episode guide: 1206- Ator, the Fighting Eagle”

  1. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    Sitting Duck: But I thought Innsmouth was located in Massachusetts.

    As it happens, Rhode Island is where H.P. Lovecraft HIMSELF was born. Is that irony? Or is that something I’m confusing with irony? ;-)

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  2. Terry the Sensitive Knight
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    kind of ironic that the Golden Age of MST began with an Ator movie (Cave Dwellers) and the Netflix Age ended with one
    :/

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  3. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    missed riff opportunity:

    “Am I out of Griba? Do I need more Griba?”
    “Or any Wynona?”

    Furthermore, did Dakar bear a striking resemblance to Sid Haig or was that just me?

    As sort of a callback, Jonah &tB refer to wicker armor just as Joel &tB did riffing “Cave Dwellers.” Also, while Jonah notes the cheapness of having the hero fight a shadow, Joel earlier noted the even greater cheapness of having the hero fight INVISIBLE enemies.

    I remember that in “Cave Dwellers” Ator provided some exposition on the warriors he fought in one scene but I don’t remember the actual exposition itself so I can’t say if he was referring to events from this very film or not. Hm.

    Evidently it was between the two films that Ator studied with Achronos and learned the theory of flight. That was presumably before Sunya died and Ator started hanging around with Thong (aka Gomez; “Did you just turn into an owl and back real fast? [added] Because I’ve asked you not to do that, it’s kind of creepy.“). If made today, THAT film would be neither a reboot nor a sequel but a…mid-quel?

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  4. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    Danzilla “Cornjob” McLargeHuge, Student of Kaijuology:
    -The cheese wheel is a cute idea, and a fun prop, to boot!

    Anyone else reminded of the long-ago cheese phone?

    Danzilla “Cornjob” McLargeHuge, Student of Kaijuology:
    -Did they really think they could get away with using a name like “the Shield of Mordor” without anyone noticing?

    Jonah and the Bots didn’t seem to notice. They needed to talk about [it to] Kevin. ;-)

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  5. DiscoJer
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    Sitting Duck: But I thought Innsmouth was located in Massachusetts.

    ??? Innsmouth is where they marry fish people (Deep Ones)

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  6. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    DiscoJer: ??? Innsmouth is where they marry fish people (Deep Ones)

    Well, they interbred after that. It’s a whole thing.

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  7. mando3b
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    DiscoJer: ??? Innsmouth is where they marry fish people (Deep Ones)

    Oh, so THAT’S where the fish lives! I thought it was on some walnut ranch in the south, or wherever that’s supposed to be . . .

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  8. Cornjob
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    Well I never thought this would join Laserblast and Diabolik as a final episode. I’m saddened and disappointed that the new MST didn’t last longer, and there’s all sorts of things that there could have been a little more or a little less of, but overall I “like it very much”. Bottom line: the riffing was great, and when the host segments worked it was an extra cherry on the Sundae. When they don’t, “Do what I do”, and skip it. And if this has to be a final episode, I like it ending with Max and Kinga stuck in a riffing theater with Mr. B Natural. I’m a fan of Rifftrax, The Film Crew, and Cinematic Titanic. I be around to see what Joel does next. I’d like to extend my thanks to all that have made MST3K and it’s descendants happen. Peace.

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  9. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    Was it just dumb luck that Sunya was chosen for the spider sacrifice (and thus unlike the other villagers got to, you know, SURVIVE and all) or was she singled out because she was the beloved of the son of Turren? That was unclear to me.

    The fact that Ator saw his own village destroyed lends a certain bit of poignancy to the moment in “Cave Dwellers” (with the oddly pronounced “No! No!” which was used as a riff in future episodes) where, tied to a pole, he was forced to watch, helplessly, as ANOTHER village was destroyed. Not much, perhaps, but a certain bit. I don’t think he saw any villages destroyed in the other Ator movies “Iron Warrior” and “Quest for the Mighty Sword,” though.

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  10. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    BTW, has it ever been determined what, exactly, Gypsy is doing when she brings a crate in the theater, leaves it there for a while, and eventually returns to retrieve it? What’s the gimmick? What’s it all about?

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  11. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    Kenneth Morgan:
    And, thus, The Great Drought, Phase II has begun.I’m still optimistic that we’ll get a Season 13 at some point.And I’m sure I’m not the only one figuring out how to get things up and running again after the Mads’ imprisonment/the guys departure. (Hey, with all the chaos going on in the other franchises, I need something optimistic to hold on to.)

    By the way, I repeat, what happened to the cute little bear?

    He escaped through a plot hole?

    Maybe he’d been wanting to return to the wild for a while but had felt obliged to hang around until Ator and Sunya were reunited and, with that done, here’s your hat, what’s your hurry? Or he just didn’t want to be there for Ator and Sunya’s wedding night…

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  12. Cornjob
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    Regarding Innsmouth, let’s just say a lot of fishy things were going on.

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  13. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    In hindsight, shouldn’t the “incest” thing have prompted some “Game of Thrones” riffs? If any were used, they went right over my head. :-|

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  14. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    “Gregory Snegoff, who provided the (uncredited) voice for Miles O’ Keeffe in the English language version of this movie, also did so in “Cave Dwellers.””

    Wait, is the same guy who was once said by Mike to have “really worked his sneg off”? I don’t remember the episode but I remember the riff and I remember Mike’s voice delivering it.

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  15. mando3b
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    touches no one’s life, then leaves:
    “Gregory Snegoff, who provided the (uncredited) voice for Miles O’ Keeffe in the English language version of this movie, also did so in “Cave Dwellers.””

    Wait, is the same guy who was once said by Mike to have “really worked his sneg off”? I don’t remember the episode but I remember the riff and I remember Mike’s voice delivering it.

    What I remember is Bill/Crow saying as the opening credits rolled by on … well, whatever movie it was: “Tired of embarrassing sneg? Use snegoff!” Snegoff is a typical Russian name (more proper transliteration would be “snegov”). “Sneg” in Russian means “snow”, so the name means something like “Snowy” or “Snow-son” or . . . well, something like that. I know I’m showing off a bit here, but knowing all that means I couldn’t appreciate the jokes as I usually would–“It’s the word for ‘snow’, people! Can’t you see that?? Gahh!” I’ll stop now. It’s dinnertime anyway . . .

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  16. Cornjob
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    I for one hope the episode discussion loops back around to season K next week since we know the continuity won’t get interrupted by more Netflix episodes.

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  17. Cornjob
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    I think it was Agent for H.A.R.M. that had a “Snegoff” in the credits whose name they riffed. Don’t know if it’s the same guy.

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