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Episode guide: 822- Overdrawn at the Memory Bank

Movie: (1983) In an dystopian future, a corporate drone discovers a way to project himself into his a favorite movie.

First shown: 12/6/97
Opening: Crow wants to cash in on his catchphrase: “You know you want me, baby!”
Intro: Mike tries to find himself a catchphrase, while Public Pearl TV begins its dubious pledge drive
Host segment 1: Crow and Tom order a monkey, which escapes and throws stuff
Host segment 2: While Mike continues to struggle with Henry the monkey, PPTV resents a preview of “Pearl! Pearl! Pearl! Pearl! Pearl!”
Host segment 3: Tom asks to be doppled to the nanite world, and soon regrets it
End: Bobo tries and fails to talk Henry down, so Mike takes deplorable action. Meanwhile, Pearl is counting her ill-gotten gain
Stinger: “Mom … ‘m I nuts?”
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (210 votes, average: 4.57 out of 5)

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• And so season 8 comes to an end, and does so with a flourish. Another strange …er… movie, lots of great riffing and memorable host segments.
• Bill’s take this episode is here.
• This episode was included in Rhino’s The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 4
• References. http://www.annotatedmst.com/episodes/overdrawnmemorybank/index.htm
• The “You Know You Want Me, Baby” t-shirts hit the Info Club store very quickly after this show aired. The boxes we can see in the opening are probably real.
• This season started on the first of February and it was December when this last episode of the season aired. The first seven episodes were shown in seven weeks, an almost dizzying bounty of new MST3K. But after that we got exactly five episodes every three months. This would be the last new episode until season 9 began in mid-March of the following year.
• The “Public Pearl TV” pledge drive in the opening is inspired. And of course Ortega (that’s Paul under that mask) makes a return appearance. “The Nature of Bobo” bit-within-a-bit is great too.
• TV’s Frank is invoked twice, including an “eyukaeee!”
• Instantmonkeysonline.com actually exists. It allows you to send a cute ascii picture of a monkey to a friend via e-mail. It wasn’t very instant when I tried it, though.
• Mary Jo and Bill managed to top the pledge drive sketch with the instant classic “When Loving Lovers Love.” The pair show a tremendous chemistry.
• The endless fat jokes might begin to seem unfair after a while, except, let’s face it, they keep calling the character “The Fat Man.” That seems, to me, like permission to go nuts.
• Paul and Bridget Patrick are the voices of the hoodlum nanites. This is pretty much the one clunker segment in this episode.
• That’s Beez and then-recent BBI hire Peter Rudrud as the voices of the “Overdrawn at the Memory Bank Technical Support” team.
• By the way, the RiffTrax team actually did a very respectful, but still very funny riff of “Casablanca.”
• Cast and crew round up: Another brief one, since this was mostly done by Canadians. Costumer: Mary Jane McCarty also worked on “The Last Chase.”
• CreditsWatch: Produced and directed by Jim Kevin. Fred Street, an audio guy who appeared in the credits in seasons 2 and 3 and then returned for season 8, falls off the regular credits after this episode, as does Post Audio Inc. (Both return one more time for special thanks in a season 10 episode.)
• Fave riff: “Thank you, Floyd the pervert.” Honorable mention: “Ah, the call to script rewrites.”

174 comments to Episode guide: 822- Overdrawn at the Memory Bank

  • 1
    Eric in NJ says:

    i remember calling the pledge drive and i think that Ortega stole my credit card info! LOL this was a good ep and good host segments, too. im gonna break out the tape tonite after work

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  • 2
    pearliemae says:

    I love the pledge drive segments, and the “loving lovers” bit is too funny. They are channeling Streisand and Neil Diamond, right? But, this is a tough episode for me to get through. I watch it VERY rarely. Maybe the combination of a slow, dopey movie and the embarrassed presence of Raul Julia. I just cringe for him through the whole thing. And also the flat video look makes it doubly hard to watch. A downer end to this season for me.

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  • 3
    Joseph Nebus says:

    This is my leading Sampo’s Theorem episode: while I love the host sketches, and was having a great time the first half-hour, the rest of the episode crashed and burned for my tastes. Way, way, waaaaaaaay too many “Fat Man! He’s Fat” and “this movie really sucks” jokes to my ear, with not enough variation on them to keep them sounding fresh. (I also dislike jokes featuring flatulence noises, as a general thing.)

    By the way, the John Varley novella on which this is based is a lot better and probably worth the read. Among the big differences in the printed version: it’s actually clear what the heck is going on — most notably that because of the computer simulation thingy Fingal spends about six months in computer time while the real-world folks have a couple days pass; this is shown on-screen, but not in any way that makes sense if you don’t know to look for it.

    The corporation doing the doppling isn’t evil, at least, it isn’t any more evil than (say) an airline trying to get back a piece of lost luggage.

    And Fingal actually spends his time in the computer to improve his personality, which was kind of in the movie (it was theoretically why he was doppling at all) but not so clearly as to quite make sense.

    Varley did a bunch of stories with roughly the same world, particularly with easy radical body manipulation or getting a brain doppled into something else, often for therapy or recreation, and they’re generally worth reading.

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  • 4
    ck says:

    How about two criticisms?
    1) If you’re doing a version of “The Birth of Venus” don’t put the girl in a bikini. Just have her slide her right hand and arm a bit to the left and all the naughty bits get covered.
    The way they do it reminds you of the PBS travel guru (Rick Steves) sardonic view of the way they can’t show all of great European works of art (some not living people Alien ) because of American prudishness.

    2) Why hasn’t the AAL (Anteater Anti-defamation League) protested the appalling stereotypical treatment of that noble animal?

    Oh yeah, and where can I get one of those neat tote bags so I have something to carry around all the stuff I’ve got?

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  • 5
    UberNeuman says:

    pearliemae, YOU LOOK DRUNK TO MEEEEEEE!

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  • 6
    klisch says:

    Whew! This episode is tough to watch, extremely slow and uninteresting. I usually skip the host segments but I found them to be more entertaining than the movie. I give this 2 stars.

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  • 7
    Colossus Prime says:

    I love the dialogue in The Nature of Bobo:

    Brain Guy: Having lived among this magnificent creature for years, I have gained its trust and thereby…
    Bobo: Hey that reminds me Brain Guy, I borrowed you a sweater and you never returned it. I don’t trust you anymore.

    The whole documentary where the subject has complete and conscious knowledge of his observer is fantastic.

    In a moment of funny because it’s ridiculous, Mike suddenly wearing an outfit similar to Appolonia’s when he synthed Tom down to the Nanite world was fantastic.

    Man this movie is bad. I can give Raul Julia a pass on Street Fighter because his kids, who were big Street Fighter fans, really wanted him to do it. It’s just tragic that it was his last movie.

    Back to this crumb fest, the whole doppeling idea, as presented in the movie, can be summed up with the joke, “Surely this will cure him of his love of cinemas.” The whole thing makes no sense. So the personality is placed in a real animal but with no control? What the f is the point of that? Was it really more cost effective to do this than further research and develop VR tech? Seriously I have a LOT of legitimate questions about the idea of doppeling.

    Within the rest of it I love jokes where they keep trying to figure out which Casablanca characters the people are supposed to be. Being both a huge fan of Casablanca (my favorite movie of all time) and Peter Lorre made this movie so much fun for me. I also like how in the end, Fingal changes Appolonia’s name to Ingrid Laszlo instead of Ilsa Laszlo, though that is still fairly inaccurate since she’s referred to primarily as Ilsa Lund.

    A while back there was a thread about M&tB being overly mean about overweight people and I’m sure this movie got mentioned. But I think one of the main reasons they launched everything they had at this movie is they not only call the CEO guy “The Fat Man,” but the actor actually has what Patton Oswalt calls, Fat Voice.

    And you gotta love that Fingal actually gets tired of day after day of special time with Felicia. Can any man here honestly say that if he were in Fingal’s situation he’d ever get bored with women?

    Favorite riff/joke:
    Tom: See I thought he was Puerto Rican but I didn’t know he was…
    Mike: No, don’t…
    Tom: …Cuban!

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  • 8
    MPSh says:

    This episode has many highlights. The segment with the catchphrase “You know you want me baby!” is great; I often find myself using the alternate “Kiss off, Slappy!”

    The PPTV Pledge Drive segments are good. Mary Jo as Pearl is at her best here. (“Here you are, Ortega – go buy yourself some Irish Spring”) Also great is Mike adopting a submissive pose to forestall the monkey projectiles. Some of the riffing is good (the technobabble involving Flavo-fives and cinemas, etc., the TV’s Frnak riffs).

    But overall, the fact the movie is so turgid and confusing, along with the painful video stock, makes this ep a little harder to watch. As Larry King would say, “I give it a B minus.”

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go play the ponies on some well-meaning liberal’s coin. KA-CHINNNG!!

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  • 9
    robot rump! says:

    i just wonder if everyone associated with public t.v. think that all corporate leaders are rotund bags of goo that patrol the hallways in their capt.pikeXL100 scooterchair while ranting about their plans for world domination? i work for a large company in the southwest and while i can’t comment on downloading peoples minds into monkeys at this time, i can say our boss is a rather friendly, generous and athletic fellow. and best riff “i’m fartin’ monoploy cards.”

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  • 10
    Kenotic says:

    This movie really does crash by the end, and around the last 15 minutes nobody cares (or remembers) what the point was. They crew did have a lot of fun with the aggressively stupid futuristic names, and I still have a place in my heart for those late 70s/early 80s PBS effects. Maybe it reminds me of old Educational TV shows from that era like 321 Contact or Vegetable Soup.

    But man, this thing made no sense. As Servo said, it seemed to just taunt us with the fact that we could be watching Casablanca instead of a really uninspired PBS movie. Raul Julia was good, and it’s sad to know he died so young.

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  • 11

    I remember thinking how different this movie was. The video quality, the weird synthesized music, the solar flare special effects… and it all worked. And as Pearl said “Raul Julia, a very fine actor. What he was doing in this piece of sh….urely fine, quality…”

    The plot’s impossible to follow. The internal logic changes every ten minutes. Appolonia wants to change into a non-threatening presence that will ease his mind… so she changes into his dead mother. We’re supposed to root for Fingal… especially when he creates insane weather patterns that cause tremendous damage (and assumably, loss of life). And why the hell do we care when Rick, presumably a figment of his imagination, gets shot? I mean, we linger over Ricck’s “death” as if it were his long lost brother or something. And Mike and the Bots are correct in wondering about “I’ve interfaced!” because it seems like he’d already done that. I mean, what the hell?

    Just a uniquely awful TV movie that I’m glad they tackled. It’s so very different from the black and white B stuff from the fifties.

    Oh, and I disagree that Tom’s doppelling was a clunker. “Monitor my cube time and my Fingal time” just makes me crack up whenever I hear it.

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  • 12
    Sitting Duck says:

    Maybe it’s just me, but the basic plot, the lighting, the sets, and the costumes give the impression that this is a lesser episode of the original Doctor Who with the Doctor inexplicably missing. The only thing that breaks the illusion is all the American accents.

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  • 13
    Tork_110 says:

    The scene where Raul is narrating his time as a baboon is like watching MST3k watch a bad clone of itself.

    A simple Caesar cipher would have defeated Fingal. But nooooo, just reverse the five letter/number password! Brilliant.

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  • 14
    pablum says:

    Another of my favorite episodes of the Sci-Fi era. Again the movie was goofy fun by itself and the riffing just added to it. That has always been my preferred format for the show. Although episodes that feature dreadful movies can be good so long as the riffing stays on top of it.

    The decision to shoot this “film” on video makes Overdrawn look like a science fiction soap opera. A perfect look for a public broadcasting special really. Too bad for Raul Julia that he got stuck in this production. Although it was at least a step up from Street Fighter the Movie for him. Everything about this movie from the poor Casablanca imitations to the weird Matrix-before-the-Matrix plot kept me watching. The characters were all funny in their own way and had that bad movie charm. Especially the Fat Man. And what was with the hatred directed at anteaters here? Did the director get attacked by one as a child? Ouch.

    Best Brains were at their best here. Smart and funny decision to package the episode with PBS-style fund-raising host segments. Pearl was spot-on here and this is my second favorite performance of the character next to last episode’s outer space small talk bits. The host segments did seem to go on longer than most, but I forgive that.

    The riffing again hit its mark every time. Jokes about personal appearances are a common feature of the show so nothing felt too out of character here. The only riff that surprised me was comparing the Fat Man to TV’s Frank. I figured by that point they were actively ignoring everything prior to that season. The end credits gag by calling the movie’s technical support at 1-800-SUCK was one of the funniest bits they’ve done inside the theater.

    Hilarious episode and a great ending to season eight.

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  • 15
    Bat Masterson says:

    This is my favorite episode of all time, and I say “he looks drunk to me” on a daily basis.

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  • 16
    Graboidz says:

    Not a favorite of mine either. Boring film, and the PPBS pledge drive smacks of just enough realism that I begin to zone out after awhile. I will say Linda Griffiths (Appolonia) is one of MST3K’s most under-rated hotties though.

    As far as Sampo’s plans for the weekly updates. I can’t wait for your take on the KTMA eps! I’ve watched them, and while nowhere near the quality of later seasons, there is a fun late night UHF charm to them.

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  • 17
    Gummo says:

    One of my least favorite episodes; the made-for-PBS movie is unwatchable and though the guys do their best, it’s still unwatchable.

    Which is a shame, because the host bits are very very funny; my favorite is Loving Lovers Love, where Bill and Mary Jo deflate every bad PBS pledge-drive lowest-common-denominator music special in 2 minutes.

    Even on its own terms, the movie is so illogical, and so stupid, that I get angry every time I try to watch it. For me, the most inexplicable moment is when they let a bunch of unsupervised kids run amok among these supine vulnerable bodies and wreak havoc among them in the guise of an educational field trip. I don’t care what your future society is like, that’s like letting kids run wild in a hospital. Would. Never. Happen.

    Don’t know why that bugs me so much, but it does!

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  • 18
    badger1970 says:

    To say this episode is rough, is an understatement, it’s hard to follow and I always get the munchies and the urge to slap that perverted kid.

    The premise of this episode, this is what your tax-dollars and pledges create, enjoy.

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  • 19
    The Bolem says:

    For me, these last 3 Season 8 eps go together so cohesively that I can’t really watch Space Mutiny without Time Chasers and this one shortly thereafter. Just think how well they compliment each other: A totally uninspired Star Wars cash-in whose creators seemed oblivious to how bad it was, counterpointed by a quite original little movie whose producers knew it was hampered by meagre budget and resources but went up to bat and gave it a genuine shot anyway, all leading into a decent scifi story, bastardized by PBS employees who apparently thought they were doing a service to film appreciation by shoehorning the Casablanca stuff in (which, considering MST3K is the closest thing to a film appreciation course a lot of its viewers get, actually worked out in a way they never imagined), but turned it into an incomprehensible mess instead. And yet, they’re all united in being 3 of the most recent movies ever riffed, and best eps of the series, each enhancing the other two, though I imagine anyone who didn’t catch their first airing would feel different about their unity.

    I personally don’t understand complaints about it being too boring or incomprehensible, since my favorite type of experiment is one that achieves the nostalgic feel of a fever dream I had when I watched TV half asleep with the flu when I was young enough to not understand what was going on anyway. Pod People was the show that made me a MSTie, and this is one of the few subsequent episodes with the same vibe.

    Fave riffs:

    (As they evade the snipers’ spotlight, the darts hit the wall)
    CROW: “They wandered into a British pub.”
    (The stupifyingly fake spear hits the wall)
    TOM: “IT’S THE OOGA-BOOGA TRIBE!!!”

    TOM: “Here’s looking at U, -turn.”
    CROW: “Here’s looking at U, -biquitous”
    MIKE: “Here’s looking at U, -lysses”

    But I guess my favorite has to be one of Crow’s that’s just perfect for Fingal’s sudden revelation about Fat Man reversing the access code, but timeless enough that I use it as my IMDB sig:

    “Oh, I am going to smack you SO HARD if this works, movie!”

    I wish they could’ve found a few more PBS originals like this, prefferably somewhere in season 10. Five stars, as soon as ratings appear again!

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  • 20
    Brandon says:

    One of my all-time fav eps from the SciFi era. So many great riffs.

    “Oh, I get it! Cause they wern’t wearing hats!”

    “Uh-oh… I just thought of something. What if this is still the pre-credit sequence.”

    “Want some Pringles, Fingal?”

    “I’ll have what I’m having!” (they’ve actually used this joke before, but it works well here)

    “To Wendy’s!”

    A friend of mine once had an arguement over one riff. When Fingal is in the body of the baboon, at one point he says, “Fresh air”, followed by Servo saying “Time Square”, in reference to the show Green Acres. However my friend thought Servo is saying “I’m square!” I’ll admit it sounds like he’s saying that since Kevin doesn’t fully enunciate the “T” in “Time”, but I’m positive the actual written riff is “Time Square.”

    Which of the Nanite hoodlums is Bridget?

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  • 21
    RaptorialTalon says:

    Film Fact: The animal sequences used in this movie were lifted from the 1974 film “Animals Are Beautiful People.” I loved that film as a kid, so when I saw those shots in this movie, I was flabbergasted. And incidentally, as AABP mentions but OATMB screws up, the fruit the animals “get drunk” on is marula fruit, not “maruba” fruit . . . and although it’s biologically unlikely to get critters drunk off ‘em, the fruit (I just discovered) has a fair bit of commercial potential: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marula

    Boy, it’s weird where MST3k can take you if you branch out where they leave off. Anywaaay . . .

    How can people not like this episode? I am once again confused by the numerous lackluster responses here. Admittedly, the movie is hard to swallow, and that does detract from it compared to my other favorites. But the host segments are exceptional (“Loving Lovers” is the most subtly cynical and spot-on parody of a love song I’ve ever heard), and the riffing is consistently top-notch. Some (paraphrased) highlights:

    While snowing: This is how much pure cocaine you’d need to enjoy this movie.

    At the psychist: So aging lesbian nuns rule the future?

    Showing other dopples: Changing old guys into pandas – yep, that’s the future, all right.

    As Apollonia accuses Fingal of . . . um . . . entertaining himself inside the computer: Does this mean we’re done with the officially sanctioned boring part of the movie? (“Officially sanctioned” gets used pretty often with me.)

    As Apollonia descends on the clamshell: Um, you’ve got poison oak on your naughty bits, ma’am.

    While the Fat Man looks terse: I want more butter for my ham! (Man, does that come out a lot when I’m cooking.)

    As the short bearded guy with a cowboy hat meanders in the background: Yippie-yai-oy-vey!

    As they barricade the door against the Fat Man: Yeah, that’ll stop the 400-pound guy who smells pancakes. (This one crops up regularly with friends.)

    As Fingal and Rick fly through whatever that is exactly after interfacing: I love you this muuuch! . . . I don’t care for yoouuu! (Any time I see something that involves flying wildly through a vortex, or with someone standing with arms outstretched, I am compelled to say this.)

    At the ending scene: I guess this movie was kind of like watching Casablanca . . . while a small child uses your groin as a punching bag.

    ————————

    This episode was not all fat jokes, not that I mind those (especially where the villain is so absurdly over-the-top and so clearly supposed to bear the brunt of the audience’s dislike). There was a lot of unique wit flowing from a movie that was refreshing in just how uniquely bad it was, and I hold the episode to be in my top five.

    Great stuff.

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  • 22
    RPG says:

    Obnoxious Kid: Dummy! Only a retard would want to be a medico.
    Me: Oh, want a job, eh? Rolls Eyes

    I do love how one of the objects Henry throws lands perfectly in Crow’s net.

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  • 23
    Finnias Jones says:

    “You know you want me, baby!”

    I was still new to MST3K when I caught this episode (many times) during the final years of its stint on The SciFi Channel. Loved it, but became so familiar with it that I put off buying Rhino’s Vol. 4 (w/ Girl In Gold Boots, Space Mutiny, Hamlet) for years, as i’d seen them all so many times. Glad I finally did, as a few other sets since then have gone out of print.

    So, I rate OatMB highly out of nostalgia, but I also like the story (if not the execution), find Raul Julia highly watchable, and because I developed quite a crush on Linda Griffiths (Apollonia) and her assistant Pat Benatar. Pearl & Brain Guy’s “When Loving Lovers Love” is good too.

    I wasn’t overly attached to “Casablanca” in the first place, thus wasn’t offended by its use in the film. Funny that Mike, Kevin, & Bill finally did it as a Rifftrax. Still, I’d rate this episode at 4 Stars, whereas the previous two were 5 Stars.

    “Whoa! Huge slam on anteaters out of nowhere!”

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  • 24
    Kenneth Morgan says:

    I agree that the movie does have a “Doctor Who” feeling, specifically the Peter Davison era, given the early computer effects and synthesized music. Actually, I’d say the movie has a good basic idea, but the execution is just too goofy to pass up for riffing. I thought the “PBS pledge week” host segs were fine, although they’d have had to last for about two hours each for the full effect. (Okay, the breaks are shorter nowadays, but I remember the endless ones WNET would have back in the 70′s.)

    It’s my understanding this movie was made as part of the funding deal that also gave us the much better adaptation of “The Lathe of Heaven”, but that the funding ran out before more could be made.

    And the stinger is tremendously funny.

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  • 25
    DON3k says:

    Overall, a good episode.

    One item that gets me, every time, is Bobo, talking Henry the Monkey down from the rafters; “Come on, man. You don’t want to do this, man. You don’t want to end up in the boneyard, man…”

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  • 26
    WeatherServo9 says:

    UPS fashions – of the future!

    I hope everyone is keeping their new year’s resolution to stop getting fat off flav-o-fives.

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  • 27
    Ed says:

    Ah, someone beat me to the Doctor Who analogy! Smile

    Either way, this is one of the episodes that really got me hooked on the show in general along with Werewolf. Pretty much everything in it is top notch.

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  • 28
    pearliemae says:

    Wow! I don’t know if I’ve ever seen so much division among the MSTies. I guess ya either love this one, or well…, don’t love it. Someone commented on Linda Griffiths being one of the more attractive MST actresses. Yes, she is very pretty, nice eyes. A little moustache remover on her upper lip wouldn’t hurt though. Ooooooh..I just can’t say anything nice! Raul looks delicious as always.

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  • 29
    Cabbage Patch Elvis says:

    “I’m INTERFACED!” BFD!

    I’m going to just say it: BEST HOST SEGMENTS EVER.

    As for the movie, it’s grown on me over the years. Growing up with PBS, I had mixed emotions about them tearing into the kind of show I actually considered proper entertainment when I was younger. I also agree with Pearl’s comments regarding Raul Julia. I know as an actor you take a variety of roles, but this is really pretty emberassing. On the other hand, it’s better than Street Fighter. Since it’s been mentioned, I think Lathe of Heaven would have made for a great episode.

    Fave riffs:

    Wanda Cannon! Now that’s a porn name if I’ve ever heard one.

    I love you this much! I don’t care for you!

    Fingel, you are mine (with bernaise sauce)!

    If only she’d turned into a beer it would’ve been perfect!

    He died protecting the Cuantro.

    The most face any screen has ever held!

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  • 30
    The Bolem says:

    #14 just reminded me of something a bit off-topic: I’ve yet to see ODATMB unriffed, but I know I’d like it better than ‘The Matrix’. I’ll never understand what the big deal supposedly was about that movie, as I’d seen all of its techno-babble elements done better in ‘Reboot’, ‘VR.5′, The first ep of ‘Spicy City’, and ‘Ghost in the Shell’, just to name a few, and didn’t see the FX as anything special. There, I said it, I’ll say it again if I have to. No, I somehow haven’t seen ‘Tron’. Go fig’.

    As for the REAL Matrix, #21 just reminded me that I use “officially-sanctioned _________ part” a lot too: Whenever I’m explaining Marvel Comic Transformers continuity to someone, and they call the connection between the American and British books confusing, “No, the officially-sanctioned confusing part doesn’t start until ‘Time Wars’ in 1989…”

    Anyone else think the image of Raul with the top of his head sawed off gave Tim Kring the idea for Sylar’s M.O. in ‘Heroes’?

    And when Pearl refers to the feature as having 9 parts, is that the only time someone within the show acknowledges all the commercial breaks instead of just he host segments?

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  • 31
    Ed says:

    I love that they take on PBS the way they do. Endless pledge drives, programming trying way too hard to be culturally relevant, there’s an epic amount of material to work with.

    Favorite riff:

    “Stay away from the fat man, Mr. Fingal.”

    Crow: He smells like feet!

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  • 32
    H says:

    Pretty good. The movie’s pretty good, definitely out there. Host segments are good too. I’m looking forward to what’s coming up.

    So, are we not rating the movies anymore or what? There wasn’t a star bar last week either. I’m not complaining, just asking.

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  • 33
    Fart Bargo says:

    WOW, folks are really hot or cold on this one. For me there was a lot of hot and some cold. The PBS host segs were terrific; well written and cleverly presented. SOL segs basically sucked with the monkey bit being lame and long with a weak pay off.

    The movie was flat out stupid but the riffing was great throughout. An earlier post explained why Raul was in Street Fighter but every time I view this I am scratching my head on why he did this one? He must of did this role instead of a cash donation to score some tote bags I guess.

    Sampo, I like your plans on the future episodes. Relative to KTMA, I agree they are not the best episodes but they are very endearing somehow. The sets are so slapped together with whatever they could use, long riff pauses, timing issues, some insensitive remarks/skits, but you can actually see them growing. What I found most interesting is that they seemed to be unscripted!? That takes a lot of guts. In summary, they are worth viewing and I am glad we will be able to comment on them.

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  • 34
    trickymutha says:

    To WENDYS!

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  • 35
    Kenneth Morgan says:

    Re: the plans for the future, sounds like a good idea to me. Will the Oscar and Summer Blockbuster specials be included, as well as the “Poopie Parade of Values”?

    And a question about the ep: the music used during the pledge breaks sounds familiar. I know it’s been used before on the show, but can’t remember exactly where. Any ideas?

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  • 36
    Roman Martel says:

    I’ve got a fever for the flava of a Fingle. Well not really, but I do love this episode. I think it’s one of the best of the sci-fi era and along with “Space Mutiny” and “Time Chasers” a perfect way to end the season.

    The movie itself is one of those that has a nugget of an idea, obviously the short story probably worked well enough to be adapted. But I suspect the adaptation was just wrong. Interestingly, they had enough of a budget to come up with costumes and props and some special effects. In those terms it creates a more believable world than “Space Mutiny”. But the execution is just plain sloppy. I wonder if footage was edited for the MST3K version that would have helped – but at the same time some things just don’t make sense. Apollonia turning into Fingle’s mom or into Venus with the commandments. Just plain odd.

    I think the first half of the film provides more laughs than the second half. The doppling, the horny kid, the introduction of all the crazy chracters and bizarre situations is just fuel to the riffing fire. The second half kinda gets static with Fingle trying to figure out the code and bouncing around between “The Place” and his office. But once our low budget Peter Lorre yells “He’s here!” followed by the riff “Grandpa! Grandpa!” it gets hilarious again.

    Then you have the host segments, which are top notch. I love the public Pearl stuff, and the song is one of my absolute favorites. My wife and I will often break into how much she likes pie and how I know a couple of guys. The stuff with Henry aboard the SOL is amusing. But for me Pearl and Co steal the show. Whenever anyone mentions a tote bag, I have to say “I have so many things I need to tote!”

    “Overdrawn at the Memory Bank” is one of my favorite episodes. Great movie, great riffing, and solid host segments containing one of my favorite MST3K songs. This gets five stars out of five in my memory bank.

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  • 37
    pablum says:

    >>35

    The pledge break music is the same music used for the Mystery Science Theater Hour host segments.

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  • 38
    PrivateIron says:

    This episode has great moments and bad, mostly it drags in the second half. I still use the term “flav-o-fives” a lot.

    Re KTMA: I just got the chance recently to see these for the first time myself. Some of it is barely watchable, but some of it is remarkably good, particularly if you are prepared to accept it as something other than MST3K as we generally know it. Phase IV, City on Fire and Superdome are episodes I would put up against many a regular season show.

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  • 39
    Ator In Flight says:

    I have a hard time watching this episode. Something about the look of the movie gives me a splitting headache. Not to mention the acting,dialog,etc.

    The Children of the Damned comment was funny though. That “Is it sexy?” kid. Scary.

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  • 40
    Sampo says:

    CRAP! I forgot the ratings thingy again!! Sorry! It’s up now.

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  • 41
    norgavue says:

    The segments are good but the movie shines. I love when tom begins spouting out technobable and getting mad about all the made up terms they used. This movie apparently has ties to Total Recall so I’m not sure if that hurts or helps it. Best riff by far is when crow says “Doctor Who….The hell cares.” The loving lovers song is an instant classic and a great bit.

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  • 42
    Spector says:

    Really enjoyed the host segments (“Public Pearl”), especially the duet between Pearl and Brain Guy (“Loving lovers loving love…”). Wonderful spoof of PBS telethons.

    As for the movie, it was pretty good, not among the best of this season, but Mike and the ‘Bots were in fine form throughout. A good ending to what was in my opinion one of the best seasons in the show’s history, and certainly the best of the Sci-Fi era.

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  • 43
    NormalView82 says:

    Solid episode! The crew managed to take possibly overdone comedy bits like Fat Guy Riffs (“Gravy!” “To Wendy’s!”) and singing lame songs (“When Loving Lovers Love”) and make them funny. Super Kudos to the singing Mary Jo, great expressions!

    The weirdest moment of this movie to me is the pervert kid who strays away from the tour group to peak at the naughty bits of the soon to be doppled. That just came out of nowhere, for me.

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  • 44
    happy says:

    I didnt like this movie or episode at all..never watch it. Didnt like the segments or anything about it
    Im glad its on DVD so it wont come out again a 2nd time.

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  • 45
    Creeping Terror says:

    In reply to #33: Raul Julia took this role because he was a big supporter of public television. However, the record is silent on whether he was still a supporter after doing “Overdrawn at the Memory Bank.” (Oooh! Burn!)

    I like this episode because there isn’t another movie quite like this one in the MST3K canon. Most other movies that are riffed fall into clear-cut categories. But I find it tough to lump this movie with any other one from the show. I wonder if the writers enjoyed this episode more for that very reason.

    The host segments are pure genius! And almost anyone who has been in the U.S. for more than six months instantly gets the joke. As a libertarian, I’m not a fan of public television, so seeing it mocked is just heaven for me.

    As mentioned before, the movie’s content is… um… something else. I could understand it being produced as an independent film, but PBS?!?! So many of the lines are funny without riffing. (“Desiree! You could have gotten mustard all over his brain!” or “Flavo-Fives”) The garishly tacky “special” effects and the incoherent motivations of all of the actors make for a very confusing cinema. In the end, “Overdrawn at the Memory Bank” isn’t so much of a movie as it is a collection of random scenes that may or may not have much to do with each other.

    A great episode, but it gets bogged down in the last twenty minutes. 4 stars out of 5.

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  • 46
    pearliemae says:

    KTMA eps are on YouTube?

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  • 47
    Zombi Manos says:

    no phrase i know rolls off the tongue better then “i’ve got a fever for the flavor of fingal”

    i was one of those sad folks who didn’t have comedy central or sci-fi locally until well into the 2000′s…i remember watching mst3k when i would visit relatives in cincy for thanksgiving or christmas…that’s when i would watch mst3k…but i held a grudge that i couldn’t watch the show regularly, therefore haboring bitter feelings towards actually considering it one of my favorite shows…

    long story short, i really didn’t get to indulge in the show till the dvd’s came out (and i had a friend who had 80 of them on tape, thanks eric!)

    volume 4 was the first i ever bought and though i didn’t have the honor of watching this episode when it came out..i really think this is one of my fav’s…

    i need to sit down with youtube sometime and watch some ktma episodes..i saw superdome from a friend and knowing that it’s improvised, i think, makes it more then watchable…still laugh out loud moments…allbeit with longer time inbetween them… –sam–

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  • 48
    fish eye no miko says:

    My fave joke from this is actually before the movie even starts…
    “It stars Raul Julia, a very fine actor. What was he doing in this piece of sh…urely quality, quality entertainment?”

    As for the KTMA episodes:
    “Well, all the reports I heard were that they were not really that funny.”
    Well… that might be true of some of them, but I’ve seen some that I think stack up to almost any other episode. I think Superdome is great, and I love Phase IV.

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  • 49
    Cabbage Patch Elvis says:

    “Prophylactic rehab, Fingel…” So they’re going to retread his condom?

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  • 50
    Droppo says:

    Love this episode. This is one of those episodes where you could feel the writers’ pain because of just how awful the movie was. And those are usually my favorite.

    “Mom.. my nuts” is a legendary moment.

    Also love anytime when Mike and the bots talk about variations of “doppling” their “Fingal.”

    But…the sequence that always makes me laugh the hardest is Raul Julia’s narration over the stock footage of the animals. “He looks drunk to me” never fails to get a laugh.

    I, apparently like the MST3K crew, liked Raul Julia. I actually saw him in Broadway once as Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha and he was very good. Unrelated, but interesting, his sidekick (can’t remember the name of the character) was played by Ernie Sabella, aka, Mr. Kerosi on Saved By the Bell and one of either Timon or Pumba.

    I’m way off topic.

    Great episode. In my top 5 Sci Fi era shows, along with Time Chasers, Merlin’s Mystical Shop of Wonders, Track of the Moonbeast and

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  • 51
    Droppo says:

    Whoops…meant to add Hobgoblins.

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  • 52
    Fingal says:

    huzzah! my favorite episode!

    I was very sad the day my wife made me get rid of my “You Know You Want Me Baby” t-shirt.

    Of course it was ripped, threadbare and i wasn’t allowed to go out in public with it.. but still

    I’m Interfaced!

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  • 53

    First of all:
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!

    Now to today’s movie. I can’t help but wonder what happenes in the future that made mind switching with an animal a mandatory policy? Did the furry community gain high political power and institute new laws that everyone have a fursona? I’m sure this technology would be a furry’s fondest dream, until they realize how gross animals tend to be. Personally, I’d rather be doppled into the middle of a harem of super-sexy bikini models than into a smelly baboon.

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  • 54
    monoceros4 says:

    #11: Boy, you got that right. We’re supposed to regard Fingal as some sort of brave revolutionary taking down The System. The System, though, is remarkably patient with him, giving him a last chance even after screwing with the global climate and doing a Robin Hood with the company’s “credits”. Money in THE FUTURE is always “credits” isn’t it? Just like how ordinary items in THE FUTURE always get ridiculous-sounding abbreviated or hyphenated names. Why don’t you reconst your flavo-fibs and call for a medico on the voice-com flavo-link synth-arrgh!

    Apollonia couldn’t have screwed up things worse. Why the hell couldn’t she merely speak as herself from the start instead of hiding behind weird disguises and cryptic messages? I’m pretty sure that if I picked up my telephone and heard the telephone operator say something like, “No outgoing calls, trust me, I’ll explain when I can,” I would not accept this any more quietly than Fingal did. Would it have killed Apollonia, when she was speaking as the telephone operator, at the very least to tell Fingal her name?

    It’s been said that the Sci-Fi era MST3K shows got too mean. Maybe so, but I share their anger in this one. Sometimes anger is the only sensible response to a movie this aggressively stupid. “The director’s neck right in my hands!”

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  • 55
    apollonia james (yeah, right) says:

    “Y’know, I bet nobody ever scrolls up THIS cinema…”

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  • 56
    Thomas K. Dye says:

    A few more observations:

    Mary Jo has the phony hostess thing so nailed… especially the way she enunciates “WNET”.

    One of the best riffs ever that’s both clever AND reams the idiotic technobabble:

    Pinch-mouthed Cockney creep: Ident??
    Mike: Well, that’s a shame, maybe you need a polyvinyl coating.

    #54: And it’s so true… the System is not only patient but practically enabling him by participating in his fantasy on his terms. How many chances do they give him, three, four? “Okay, Miss James, I really mean it, this time we’ll terminate him, honest, if he doesn’t behave…”

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  • 57
    jamie says:

    INVALID FORMAT!
    QUIT OR RETRY?

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  • 58
    fry1laurie says:

    I still wear my “You know you want me, baby” T proudly, mostly because non-MSTies wonder what the hell it means.

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  • 59

    “He looks drunk to me” was a line my roommate and I would say apropos of nothing, despite the fact that we spent most of our evenings drunk.
    And for anyone who doesn’t care for this episode, at least it’s not an anteater.

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  • 60
    ck says:

    The single most irritating bit in this movie is the “reverse the access code”.
    Have to agree with Crow there.

    Good thing the Fat Man wasn’t encoding allied messages during WWII. Sprechen sie deutsch?

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  • 61
    Bat Masterson says:

    I think my favorite riff (if you can call it that) from this episode is Kevin’s laughter after the way the psychist delivers the word “cinemas”.

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  • 62
    AlbuquerqueTurkey says:

    I wonder if this movie was the inspiration for James Cameron’s “Avatar” idea – or ‘m I nuts?

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  • 63
    Rm31d says:

    Is it me, or did this movie not include any kind of “memory bank?”

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  • 64
    rcfagnan says:

    ‘M I nuts or is this a hilarious episode? I loved the “Dr. Who…the hell cares?” riff near the end. The Brains seem to know their British television (in the past they’ve referenced Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Benny Hill off the top of my head). And yes, this movie is exhibit A as to why public television should be axed.

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  • 65
    JCC says:

    Love the first part of the episode, but it loses me after the 1st Host Segment with all the techno jargon. Not one I put on very often.

    PBS Pledge Drive technology hasn’t improved past 1998 apparently.

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  • 66
    RockyJones says:

    This one grew on me over time as well. It takes a few consecutive viewings to sort the whole mess out. It’s definitely “different” from any other film of that season! And, of course, CLASSIC host segments.

    As for Raul Julia’s appearance in this piece of sh…..surely fine entertainment, I’ve always kind of wondered if he did this project as a kind of “pay-back” for the early exposure he got in his career on PBS. Unless I’m mistaken, wasn’t he a regular cast member of “The Electric Company”, back in the early-mid seventies?

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  • 67
    Cabbage Patch Elvis says:

    I’m on medication,okay?

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  • 68
    Jose Chung says:

    I believe the nanites are portrayed by Patrick Brantseg and Paul Chaplin. I don’t know why Bridget is credited, it doesn’t sound anything like her.

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  • 69
    robniles says:

    Yo, Dja-MILL-a!

    My all-time favorite ep, hands down. I never get over the moments of absolute ridiculousness the movie keeps chucking at us like so many video rectangles (Fingal’s head being sawn off, the animal film footage, the Birth of Venus sequence with the children’s choir, Apollonia’s image of electrons making love…), so it’s especially gratifying that the guys give this one the MST treatment HARD. That, for me, makes up for the off-putting video quality, badly adapted story, and draggy back third—even the throwaway riffs during that stretch kill me (“Try jiggling it!”).

    And the PBS segments were rare gold in the Sci-Fi era, from Bobo’s ginormous Border Pop cup (wasn’t that one of the props sold on eBay? I could swear I tried bidding on it) to “Loving Lovers Love,” which was like every Roberta Flack song rolled into one.

    All that plus a U Thant reference, so bonus points all around from this judge.

    Come…to my mall…to my atrium…

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  • 70
    Wampa Joe says:

    I’ll see you on the dark side of Raaa-uuul!

    Another favorite of mine. I’m still not sure what the hell the movie is about. At the end, when his Rick double is shot and they, uh, interface, are we supposed to infer that Fingle has merged with his fantasy Casablanca persona, making him a more complete person in the real world… or m’ I nuts?

    And to be fair to Fingle’s jingling of his dingles, I’m sure that most guys, upon discovering themselves in a fantasy playground, would immediately whip up an unrequited crush or two. However, is it… sexy?

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  • 71
    Gorn Captain says:

    I got a copy of this on Laserdisc a while back, and the “Eyewitness News” music on the end credits just goes on forever! Long after the credits have stopped even. I’m guessing PBS would insert a pledge break a that point.

    I can imagine a few Matrix riffs if they somehow had been able to do this movie just a few years later.

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  • 72
    Omega2010 says:

    I feel the ” ‘m I nuts?” line is still the most unintentionally funny line of any movie covered by MST3K. The fact that the guys simply giggle when they hear the line just shows that even the Brains couldn’t think of a worthy response…

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  • 73
    Omega2010 says:

    Oops, I was actually thinking of the sequence in Diabolik where they showed clips from past films to the guys. In the actual scene Tom simply repeats “My nuts?” after Raul’s infamous line.

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  • 74
    Finnias Jones says:

    There is an in-depth, humorous review of the original “Overdrawn…” at the Agony Booth website, including descriptions of scenes cut for the MST version. More stuff with the Fat Man and his corporate cronies, etc. Lots of screencaps with funny captions. Good times…

    http://www.agonybooth.com/recaps/Overdrawn_at_the_Memory_Bank_1983.aspx

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  • 75
    snowdog says:

    What’s your name? Ortega? That’s pretty!

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  • 76
    snowdog says:

    I love the nanites! The clunker for me was Henry the Ape and having to listen to Mike drool on himself!

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  • 77
    yipe striper says:

    Raul Julia is Daisy the Mangy-ole-baboon in… Doppling for Credits!

    One of my favorite episodes… i don’t know why… but i like this episode better in the morning hours than the late hours…

    must be a saturday morning episode thing…

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  • 78
    Dr. Batch says:

    “We demand that you set up a delicious buffet!”
    “More Gravy!” “To Wendy’s!”

    I always thought to myself that if I ever audition for American Idol, I would sing “When loving lovers love”.

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  • 79
    bob boxbody says:

    “Bloody Darby”
    “Grampa! Grampa!”
    “Hey Brain Guy, I borrowed you a sweater…”
    “Yippee Aye Oy Vey”

    Great episode 5/5

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  • 80
    Finnias Jones says:

    Oh, and for those with poor short-term memories (like myself), next weeks “episode” ASSIGNMENT: VENEZUELA can be found on Rhino’s Vol. 7, the Killer Shrews disk. It’s also viewable on YouTube, all 24 minutes of it. (Bless/curse Rhino for including bonus features on their sets but not telling you which disk they appear on!)

    Special thanks to Sampo for outlining the next year of so of these Episode Guides. I love ‘em. There are still some bonafide classics to be found in Seasons 9 & 10 (Werewolf, Girl in Gold Boots, etc.), but with this Trilogy of the Future, MST3K as a series has reached its peak, IMHO (Later host segments set in Castle Forrester do not trump the often inspired scenarios of the “endless chase” seen in Season 8). I’m looking forward to going back to the future with the KTMA episodes (some of which are great) and those early CC years filled with pure Joel goodness.

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  • 81
    John Seavey says:

    Bizarrely enough, my parents actually let me watch this on PBS, back when it originally aired as a kid. (This would be on our local affiliate in MN, KTCA, not on the Boston station that produced it.) It was such a strange movie that it stuck in my mind, so that even all those years later, when my friend described the MST3K episode he’d taped for me, I was able to interrupt him with, “And his body had been sent off for a sex change, right?”

    Not sure whether that nostalgia helped, but I love this episode. It’s got that peculiar brand of quirky insanity that makes it good riffing fodder, and they have some great lines (“I finally killed my virtual pet.” “Genius, pure genius…” “…couldn’t save this movie.” and I will admit to singing, “Come to my mall, to my atrium, yeah yeah” whenever I hear the tune to ‘Come As You Are’ by Nirvana.)

    And the sketches are great too. My girlfriend’s four-year-old adores “When Loving Lovers Love”, because it’s a song about love. She dances to it. We giggle like schoolkids. Smile

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  • 82
    The Bolem says:

    The Henry the Ape skits may not be much in and of themselves, but I thought they added to the overall feel of several things going on at once throughout the episode, rather than isolated skits, what with Pearl being constantly preoccupied with her orderly pledge drive while a monkey runs amok on the satellite. And going from his “Nature of Bobo” special to talking Henry down at the end gave the good professor two unrelated but similar things to do in a single episode, something of a rarity for his character. Aside from the first Summer Blockbuster Review, was this the first time Bobo was ever on the Satellite? And while interracting with something entirely off-screen may seem unforgivably cheap to some, they’re also interracting with other parts of the SOL we never see. For me, this is another episode that felt like one continuous skit with 4 to 9 rude interruptions from an implausible movie, and it doesn’t get any better than that.

    And though everything they threw at pledge drives was both dead-on and decades overdue, I’ll always see PBS as a good thing…that I just never watch. I would…if they hadn’t stopped airing the greatest musical sitcom of all time, ‘The Steven Banks Show’. I recall he was based in New Orleans, so I hope Katrina didn’t destroy the master tapes; I haven’t seen a trace of him in 15 years.

    “SHHHH! He’s talking about his area…”

    I recall Paul writing that this was the most painful movie they did for SciFi until Hobgoblins, or something like that. If this one really hurt the Brains, could it be partly that this horribly unworthy “futuristic” take on Casablanca dredged up memories of the OTHER horribly unworthy “futuristic” take on Casablanca? The one that denied MST3K:TM the full and proper theatrical release it deserved?

    Just a wild guess on my part.

    Of all the barbs in all the wire, she had to walk into the same distributor…

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  • 83
    This Guy says:

    This movie certainly is “aggressively stupid”–it probably shows up more sharply because it attempts to be smart. I don’t think I’ve ever read any John Varley stories, but I’m sure he has done and can do better than this adaptation.
    The fakey future-slang does get on one’s nerves a bit, but two seeming examples of it really aren’t:
    “Ident” appears to be a Britishism which they and others use to abbreviate “identification,” where Americans would usually say “ID.”
    “Medico” is another Britishism for doctor–it appears in at least one Monty Python sketch.

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  • 84
    mikek says:

    5 stars!

    A few things puzzle me about this movie.

    1. Fingal attended BosNYWash school. Now, does this imply that Boston, New York, and Washington D.C. have merged into some kind of megalopolis?

    2. Doppling. What kind of weirdo wants to go on vacation in the body of an animal? Is it for the sex? And how does it work exactly? Is this some kind of mass computer simulation? And if the animals exist on their own without dopplers, is right to take over their minds for a cheap thrill?

    3. Cinemas. As we now know, it is nearly impossible for one corporation to have total control over digital media. Now, in the movie’s world, have films been banned? Are they just not part of the culture anymore? Are there no more movie theaters? No more television?

    However, the concept is not as silly as it may seem. Imagine if our own society got so used to digital downloads that movie theaters became obsolete? Now imagine the culture or digital media becoming so commonplace that the people become apathetic about it. What if some corporation did end up controlling all existing movies and television programs?

    Anyway, Overdrawn at the Memory Bank is both stupid and intriguing.

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  • 85
    Ben says:

    This is my most watched episode of all time.

    Surely this will cure him of watching cinemas!

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  • 86
    Matt D. says:

    Good episode, four out of five.

    Can’t wait for Assignment: Venezuela. I knew nothing about it until it showed up on Volume 7. It promptly became one of my very favorite “shorts” if you will (considering it is VERY LONG).

    Concerning A:V, when did it air originally? Was it attached to one of the episodes? I have always wondered where this short came from.

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  • 87
    I'm not a medium, I'm a petite says:

    mikek @84

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bosnywash

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  • 88
    MiqelDotCom says:

    Crow – “And just what is the ‘It” which is “to him” of and which he can perhaps handle?”

    Tom – “Danger: Ear Poice!”

    “I guess you have to go now?”
    “yeah” (Tom: ” But it’s just #1, don’t worry”)

    Random observations:
    - Novacorp seems to be a multilevel shopping mall or probably an empty office complex on a weekend.
    - It’s pretty funny that the angry monkey is named Henry Kissinger.
    - I like this episode but don’t watch it often, the film is interesting and bad but bland.

    3.3 stars? Hard to quantify!

    ALSO: Sampo, thanks for the update about the episode guide future! It will be interesting to see the reviews when we get around the the KTMA shows! Hopefully those who don’t have them can follow along on youtube! Some are rather devoid of riffs, like the ones where Trace or Josh are not there. Fun to compare them to the versions they re-riffed later, such as the Gamera and Fugitive Alien flicks.

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  • 89
    Wampa Joe says:

    “One of my favorite episodes… i don’t know why… but i like this episode better in the morning hours than the late hours… ”

    I think it’s because of the PBS vibe. It feels like an educational program they’d show you in elementary school, plus perverted kids who fondle the dopples and Fingle tingling the imaginary ladies.

    Re #82:
    I agree with the interconnected feel of the host segments, and that this episode was probably the height of the host segments in the series. Now, there’s plenty that I enjoy in season 9 and 10, but I agree that Castle Forrester reinstated a “comfort zone” for the Brains and killed off the inspired, adventurous feel of season 8. Sometimes they worked (the Observer planet, the Galactic Tribunal, the wormhole, and both this and the previous episode), sometimes they didn’t (Roman Times), but there was always something new on the horizon.

    As far as the episode guide goes, are we not getting The Summer Blockbuster Reviews and Oscar Special until after the KTMA revisit? If I recall right, the first Summer Blockbuster Review fell between Prince of Space and Horror Of Party Beach. Just curious, as I consider them mini-episodes of their respective seasons (and where else will you see Pearl, Bobo, and Observer sitting in the theater with Mike and the bots?). I love the revisits though. It’s become a Thursday tradition that I don’t want to end (meaning if you have to pad it out with, say, The Film Crew, that’s okay too).

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  • 90
    Stan McSerr says:

    Lets see what’s more exciting (enter 10,000 activities you can do today)or being a panda. It seems more exciting eating flavofives.

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  • 91
    This Guy says:

    #66:
    Actually, Raul Julia was a member of the cast of Sesame Street during its 3rd season (1971-2). He played Rafael, who co-founded the Fix-It Shop with Luis (thank you, Muppet Wiki.)

    Another observation: Given that “prophylactic” more or less means “preventative,” “prophylactic rehab” doesn’t make much sense. Rehabilitation corrects a problem that already exists. You don’t use it to stave off future problems. Since the problem of Fingal slacking off at work already existed, they should have ditched the “prophylactic” part.

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  • 92
    MSTJon says:

    @ 86 Matt:

    Assignment: Venezuela was written and recorded for the MST3k CD-Rom that never actually happened. Eventually BB put it on a shorts compilation and Rhino did the same.

    As usual, if my facts are wrong, feel free to correct me with what REALLY happened. Just doing this from memory.

    I do agree with you, this is easily in my top 5 shorts.

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  • 93
    Big McLargeHuge says:

    Love this episode. I don’t quite understand those who dislike it because “the movie’s so stupid.” Isn’t that the point of MST3K, to make fun of bad, stupid movies? The ones I find boring are the ones where not much happens (typically one of the dreary 50s flicks). In this one, there’s plenty of weird crazy stuff going on that is ripe for riffing–who cares if the movie itself is stupid?

    By the way, it’s “Flav-o-fibes,” as in fiber chips–remember, it’s THE FUTURE, where apparently salty junk food snacks are all healthy and stuff. Now pardon me as I exit through the synth-o-flav-o-door.

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  • 94
    John Varley says:

    An anteater killed my Father!

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  • 95
    John Varley says:

    Dammit, he was found in front of the anteater cage at the zoo, with a note made of smashed ants on paper. The police said it was inconclusive who killed him. Anybody who supports the dirty anteaters can go to…

    I am sorry, I am alittle sensative.

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  • 96
    monoceros4 says:

    #84: “3. Cinemas. As we now know, it is nearly impossible for one corporation to have total control over digital media. Now, in the movie’s world, have films been banned? Are they just not part of the culture anymore? Are there no more movie theaters? No more television?”

    I thought it was just that Novicorp people were forbidden from watching movies while working, not necessarily that all citizens were forbidden from watching them. In any case his getting caught watching “cinemas” didn’t seem to be regarded as some grave crime, as though he’d been caught reading a book in Fahrenheit 451, and more like just another instance of Fingal goofing off on company time and earning a stiff reprimand for it.

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  • 97
    DamonD says:

    Sometimes it’s the little things that make you laugh the most. Like Crow singing ‘Happy Together’ to the music, or “Big slam outta nowhere on anteaters” and so on.

    Come! As you are! To my mall! To my atrium, yeah yeah!

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  • 98
    GregS says:

    I hated this episode when I first saw it, but since purchasing the dvd, it has grown on me.

    I also find the 2 female “love interests” quite attractive, in a hairy upper lipped, Canadian sort-of-way.

    Fav. line: “Mom, ‘m I nuts?”

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  • 99
    bobhoncho says:

    #81, when you say “Boston Station,” you are obviously referring to WGBH 2. Well, sorry to correct, but it was actually WNET 13 New York that produced this pile of crap.

    My dad also saw this movie when it originally aired, on Detroit’s (and most of Canada’s) PBS affiliate, Superstation WTVS 56. When he revealed this to me, it took a lot of effort for me to not risk being smacked by saying “Dad, you have no life!”

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  • 100
    bobhoncho says:

    Und #60, Ja, ich spreche Deutsch. Ein bissen.

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  • 101
    Emily says:

    I may have commented here once, or never, even though I’ve been reading Satellite News for a while. But I feel compelled to break my silence in defense of this episode. Not my favorite, but I always enjoy it.

    Although I’m not a fan of fat jokes in general, my favorite riff is “I want more butter on my ham!!” I always break that one out when I’m having dinner with my mother, who is not fat but enjoys Paula-Deen-like-amounts of butter on her dinner rolls.

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  • 102
    Sitting Duck says:

    Droppo #50: It’s Sancho Panza.

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  • 103
    bobhoncho says:

    Oh, by the way, this will be the last ep you will hear from me on, until April, at the soonest. My performance in the Fall/Winter 2009 semester was so crappy that this is one of the sites I will not be allowed to access during the Winter 2010 semester (which begins this coming Monday). I am not used to this college thing yet!! So, save some room for me on the boards for “Phantom Planet,” and “Hobgoblins,” and if you get to it before I’m back, on “Girl in Gold Boots.” Sorry I have to leave you guys for so long.

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  • 104
    JimmyBruce says:

    This episode has people split down the middle. Either it’s really good, or extremely bad.

    I lump this show in with The Starfighters, Hamlet, Ring of Terror, and The Screaming Skull. It’s that bad. Why people would view this more than one sitting is beyond me.

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  • 105
    M "Never Saw A Chris Farley Movie. PHILLISTINES!" Sipher says:

    Actually, Appolonia has no clue what “cinemas” are at all, implying that yes, they’ve been restricted. Or she’s really dumb, as Mike’s follow-up quip implies. Then again, the Psychist also pauses then says “cinemas” with a definite uncertainty. And doesn’t only the Chairman have access to those files?

    Though the giant mega-globa-corpo-mation IS pretty damn lenient about people watching these apparently salacious banned materials. Maybe Fingal’s not nuts… just a dick.

    (Amusingly, I’m making this post on company time.)

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  • 106
    Raptorial Talon says:

    “I lump this show in with The Starfighters, Hamlet, Ring of Terror, and The Screaming Skull. It’s that bad. Why people would view this more than one sitting is beyond me.”

    Well, why you would lump Ring of Terror and more especially Screaming Skull together with the utterly numbing experiences that are Starfighters and Hamlet is beyond me . . . just further goes to show how incredibly diverse the opinions of this show’s fanbase are in regards to the very show itself. I can’t think of anything else like it.

    I did used to have more diffiuclty with this one than I do now – the movie is indeed painful. But the riffing was too good to ignore, and over numerous viewings I’ve been desensitized. The movie is unforgivably dumb, but at least it’s not boring or hardcore depressing.

    But for now, I just need some more butter for my ham.

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  • 107
    Rich says:

    “Public Pearl”!!! One of my favorites. When I first saw this one, I thought it was the result of a crap effects budget and made in the early 1990′s. Then I found out here it was made in the 80′s and was cutting edge for its time.

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  • 108
    Gummo says:

    Well, I rewatched this one last night (well, 2/3rds of it) and my fresh impressions are this:

    - the host segments are some of the funniest ever.

    - this movie makes less sense than Creeping Terror, Manos and Monster A Go Go combined.

    - there are so many plot holes it makes Hobgoblins look like Shakespeare.

    - I’ve read some John Varley; John Varley is a writer of mine; you, movie, are no John Varley.

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  • 109
    mikek says:

    Before I knew that the PPTV music was from the MST3K hour, I thought it was perfect pledge drive music. Now that I know where it’s from, it’s still perfect pledge drive music.

    This episode actually has two dead actor is in it. Pearl responds to Ortega’s comment about Jeremy Brett. He was in the excellent Sherlock Holmes series from the 1980s. To me, Jeremy Brett was the best Sherlock Holmes. I think he died in 1994.

    The song host segment is great and is still relevant today. PBS is always lousy with music specials during the pledge drives. Here folks, we’ll interrupt the normal programming your money actually pays for and replace it with Sarah Brightman singing like a bird!

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  • 110
    Fart Bargo says:

    Boy the postings on this one are very interesting. While it seems fair to say that most really enjoyed the PUBLIC PEARL segments, if not all, the monkey/nanites segments are better than average but not home runs to most.

    The movie is another matter all together. Many folks stated they did not like it and rarely view it. As many, maybe more, said they loved it. I agree with the “agressively stupid” description of the movie but because of the consistantly sharp riffing, I was able to sit through it and actually enjoy the movie. I do not agree that it stoops to the depressive, screeching buzzkill knowned as “The Screaming Skull”.

    What amazes me (not being judgemental) is how some folks really got into the movie? I got a headache reading some of these as a salute to the analytical clarity exhibited by some posters. Also folks are very helpful and friendly. I really enjoy this blog!

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  • 111
    ck says:

    Sampo might consider doing The Film Crew (regretably just four) after Year Three and specials and perhaps Cinema Titanic.

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  • 112
    M "All You Can Eat? The Joke's On Them!" Sipher says:

    See, I think this movie is PERFECT for the show, because while it is aggressively bad, it is also aggressively EARNEST. It has that Ed Wood Jr feel to it, that the people involved thought with all their heart and soul that they were making a damn important piece of cinema that was really telling a message, and they were trying real hard, and they had a real star on-set in two major roles, and WOW!

    That, to me, makes for the best riffable material. Partially because I’m sick and like the tragedy of it all.

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  • 113
    bartcow says:

    I know this is a whole other thread, but “I didn’t want to bungle or bobble the Fingal dopple” is a catchphrase around our house whenever someone is attempting a difficult task (like, say, making a 3-point shot or making a quiche). Lot of great lines in this one, but that one got me the first time I heard it, and has stuck with me ever since.

    Stupid anteaters.

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  • 114
    thedumpster says:

    Did anyone noticed during the final airings (reruns) on Sci-fi that they didn’t air the stinger at the end?

    This is actually one movie I wouldn’t mind owning un-riffed.

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  • 115
    Torgo's Pizza's on my speed dial says:

    The “filmed-on-video” look is what puts this one over the top for me. Shot on 16 (or even 35) millimeter film stock, O@tMB might have been less chintzy-looking; that it was likely committed with a stack of U-Matic or Beta tapes to keep it within a public TV budget is so almost Coleman Francis.

    The Public Pearl bumpers are great – and “When Loving Lovers Love” is one of my all-time favorite MST songs.

    Some favorite quotes:
    “David Brenner!”
    “He’s gonna run out of set.”
    “Sorry, burped up a capon.”
    “Never show a good movie in the middle of your crappy movie.”

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  • 116
    asdfa says:

    I liked it for having such a great mix of a weird idea, overextending ambition, total incoherence, utter incompetence, and a real actor who’s really really trying his hardest to not make this the worst crap ever.

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  • 117
    mikek says:

    I agree with Fingal’s dislike of anteaters. They really are hideous animals.

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  • 118

    Love the episode, sketches are great and the riffing is solid, but man, it’s painful to see such a good actor stuck in such dreck. I can forgive Mr. Julia for Street Fighter for three reasons: 1, as previously mentioned, his kids really wanted him to do it; 2, he already knew he was dying from cancer and wanted one more massive paycheck for his family; and 3, he absolutely steals the show in it. “The day I killed your father must have been the most horrible day of your life, but for me – it was just Tuesday.” He plays it so over-the-top that the sheer force of his personality outshines all the other crappy acting.

    Anyway, my point was, I can’t really forgive him for this movie. It’s not like people didn’t know who he was by then; he’d already received several accolades for other work.

    Oh, and count me among those who wonder why we’re supposed to picture Fingal as the hero when Novicorp is so accommodating to his unwillingness to work. Instead of canning him, they send him to rehab (basically a forced vacation), then when they lose his body and he starts screwing with the HX368, they offer him numerous opportunities to profit from just leaving stuff alone. I’m not going to try to figure it out because, like trying to understand anything else in this movie, it tends to cause tension headaches.

    “I’m requesting program Movie Jump Up My Butt.”

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  • 119
    Cabbage Patch Elvis says:

    So if the Chairman has restricted cinemas, is it simply so he can hog all the popcorn and butter-flavored topping? Ha he heh, because he’s fat, you see…

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  • 120
    samual says:

    “And as we end Season 8 . . .”

    Um, “Jack Frost”?

    I can’t seem to find it under Season 8, either in numerical order, or just drifiting around.

    Did I miss it somewhere??
    I figured you would tack it on after “Memory Bank.”

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  • 121
    Raptorial Talon says:

    “I agree with Fingal’s dislike of anteaters. They really are hideous animals.”

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Anteaters will be holding a vigil outside your house soon.

    I agree with the riffers . . . anteaters deserve better. I used to just think they were cool, but now on top of that I can’t see one without thinking of this episode.

    Maybe that’s another weekend discussion idea: things that you never payed any attention to before, but now can’t think of without giggling because of MST3k.

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  • 122
    Wampa Joe says:

    Despite this being another episode in my top five, I’ll throw a bone to those who actively loathe it by saying that, if it weren’t for Raul Julia acting his ass off with such horrible material, this would rank much lower. Plus, I feel this was the sharpest era for riffing in the entire show, so Mike and the ‘bots keep up with it admirably. Then again, I’m one of those who can’t make it through Manos, so I guess it really is subjective.

    Upon rewatching it, I have to ask: Why is it “Day 278,” according to Appalonia, when, as stated later, she’s worked for Nirvana Village for five years? Is she on Cube time or Fingle time or…

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  • 123
    CMWaters says:

    OK, here’s a question I had while watching this:

    Why did the “comic relief lady” not notice that the kid changed the tag that was on Fingal’s hand? Is she just color-blind?

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  • 124
    Finnias Jones says:

    To #120: Use the search function on this website and enter “813 Jack Frost” – you’ll find the entry there.

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  • 125
    Raptorial Talon says:

    “Despite this being another episode in my top five, . . . Then again, I’m one of those who can’t make it through Manos, so I guess it really is subjective.”

    Huh. I can’t stand Manos either, yet this episode is awesome. Coincidence?

    “Upon rewatching it, I have to ask: Why is it “Day 278,” according to Appalonia, when, as stated later, she’s worked for Nirvana Village for five years? Is she on Cube time or Fingle time or…”

    I assume that’s the day of the year, being stated numerically in lieu of a month-oriented date system.

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  • 126
    Warren says:

    I’m really surprised some people don’t like this one. Then again, you can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, you get what you need. I can’t even hear the Stones on the radio without thinking of Appolonia James… Anyway, this is a classic that never fails to crack me up, especially the coughing and wheezing when the chairman explains that they can’t find Fingal’s body. “Breathing knocks the wind out of this guy” If my brain is ever exposed in some corporate medical facility, PLEASE don’t let some warped little kids put mustard on it. Wampa Joe-About Day 278-it was probably just for that year, when they reach 365, they’d start over at Day 1, I guess, maybe. “I seem to have died, is that okay?”

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  • 127
    monoceros4 says:

    #105: Actually, Appolonia has no clue what “cinemas” are at all, implying that yes, they’ve been restricted. Or she’s really dumb, as Mike’s follow-up quip implies. Then again, the Psychist also pauses then says “cinemas” with a definite uncertainty. And doesn’t only the Chairman have access to those files?

    It’s that last detail which suggests that maybe they are forbidden somehow, but I think an equally valid explanation is that “cinemas” are simply things of the past, barely remembered and rarely seen, like 8-tracks or 8-mm movies are to use. The Chairman had a private collection, though, and Fingal decided to break into it.

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  • 128
    underwoc says:

    I think, technically, the movie was a CBC production, rather than PBS. It’s a minor nit-pick, but why not blame Canada if we can? (cue the South Park music…)

    Count me in with the John Varley fans who cringe at the treatment his work gets on screen. OatMB is pretty bad (Millenium is even worse, IMO). That said, OatMB is a pretty weak choice to make a movie from in the first place. It’s a “gadget story” that hinges on the scientific fact that computer time may be faster than real time. There’s some early cyber-punkish elements that were still kinda novel at the time, but not much else. This prompts the film makers into adding some evil, Orwellian company to create conflict. It’s also why the Casablanca elements were added, but why the producers thought that would be a good idea is still beyond me…

    Anyway, back to MST3K, I’m happy they did this one, since I grew up watching hundreds alot of televised dramas on PBS, and many of them are MST-worthy. It’s too bad they never got to hack on a few old Blake’s 7 episodes.

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  • 129
    mikek says:

    Yep, the end credits show that it was made in Canada. I think the actress who plays Appollonia, Linda Griffiths, is Canadian.

    Speaking of her, if you ever want to see her topless, watch the movie Lianna. It’s about a married woman who finds out that she’s a lesbian.

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  • 130
    Wendel says:

    Thanks for the Jack Frost advice.
    I could not find it either.

    Why isn’t it in line with the others?

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  • 131
    Sitting Duck says:

    CMWaters #123: Why did the “comic relief lady” not notice that the kid changed the tag that was on Fingal’s hand? Is she just color-blind?

    It’s because she’s the “comic relief lady”, and therefore a moron.

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  • 132
    ya'na'glachy says:

    “Whoa huge slam on anteaters outta nowhere”…”We’re just gonna ban-saw the top of your head off”…”And why aren’t u puerto rican?”…”Is she on the ceiling?”…”In about an hour? I don’t think so”…”And the password is FINGAL”…”Let’s slip into something more virtual”…”Aka Gomez”…”Pork deliverys late”…”He’s discovered the formula for scrubbing bubbles”…”Mike its eerie watching Fingal create his own reality simulation around him”

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  • 133
    Jimmy says:

    >>CMWaters #123: Why did the “comic relief lady” not notice that the kid changed the tag that was on Fingal’s hand? Is she just color-blind?

    It’s because she’s the “comic relief lady”, and therefore a moron.<<

    It’s also the plot device(in Varley’s original story as well) that leads to Fingal’s body being lost(misplaced, actually), a key point in the story arc, and done in a manner where she was more worried about getting the kid out of her lab than noticing he swapped the tags. Honestly, you could nitpick just about every movie ever made for using silly, unbelievable plot devices to move the story along.
    As for the episode itself, it’s one that’s grown to become a favorite for me, and I don’t really understand all the hatred and criticism for the actual movie itself. Other than a few points here and there, I didn’t see much trouble in following the film. By the way, if anyone cares or isn’t clear about it, the woman licking her watch, Djamilla, is obviously a LexiCorp corporate spy working for NoviCorp , and is reporting all signs of trouble when she’s licking her watch to Irving “Flying” Walenda, either the head or a higher-up for LexiCorp. Her reporting of the loss of Fingal’s identity while doppling causes the Great NoviCorp Stock Crash. God, I feel like a real geek now! The original Varley story was rather different from where they went with things(the Casablanca stuff, to name one), and he had nothing to do with the teleplay for the film. It was based on his story, with the teleplay credited to one Corrine Jacker(how that escaped a riff during the credits I’ll never know Smile.
    Having read the original story, I actually think they did a pretty good job turning it into something that could watched on television. The Varley story had some cool ideas ahead of their time, but I found it rather dull. Of the ones I’ve read, others like ‘The Phantom of Kansas’, ‘In The Hall of the Martian Kings’, ‘Retrograde Summer’, ‘The Black Hole Passes’, and ‘The Persistence of Vision’ would have made much better film fodder.
    It is set in a dystopian future, where the general public are obviously little more than “bytes in a machine”, as Fingal himself describes. “Cinemas” are indeed banned, as is clearly obvious; the NoviCorp chairman is the only one allowed access, when Appolonia first accesses Fingal’s info a message pops up that notes “cinema” is “moving celluloid images that create an unhealthy imagination” or something along those lines, the citizens can do little more than work and spend the paltry credits they get(Fingal has only a mere 47 credits, remember), and a computer controls the entire world around them. As far as the seemingly out-of-place sexual plot devices and references, Varley’s stories are rife with sexuality and in his future, sex changes happen as often as we change socks. If you haven’t read any of his read, I suggest you do. Some of it is very good, and I’m not a huge sci-fi reader to begin with.
    The episode itself is great, mixing both all-time great host segments and rip-roaring riffs. I feel the riffing itself stays pretty steady for the whole ride, whereas some feels it falls off over the second half. Public Pearl is probably the funniest set of host segments I’ve seen in any episode, and the riffs are great: “Wanda Cannon!? Now *that’s* a porno name if I’ve ever heard one!”, “Mom . . . my nuts?”, “Actually I”m size-doesn’t-matter Man”, and too many more to list.

    Note for anyone interested: ‘Overdrawn’ was the third and final installment of a sci-fi series WNET(PBS New jersey station) was attempting to create before funding ran out. They previously did adaptations of ‘The Lathe of Heaven’ and ‘In Between Time and Timbuktu’. I think it’s clear that funding was indeed running out as they were making ‘Overdrawn’, and critical panning didn’t help.
    If you think about the current state of television, with producers dredging up the worst boils on society’s ass with all these atrocious reality shows, I’d gladly watch programming like ‘Overdrawn’ any day.

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  • 134
    The Bolem says:

    Couldn’t agree with that last sentence more, Jimmy. Heck, I’d rather watch a straightforward, honest snuff film that reality TV any day. “UHF” will always be one of my favorite movies because it made you believe that local-station-produced content could somehow make a comeback, and make the world a better place. For that matter, that’s also a big part of MST3K’s appeal.

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  • 135
    monoceros4 says:

    “Varley’s stories are rife with sexuality…”

    Did he have anything else to write about? Not from what I can remember.

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  • 136

    Possibly dirty note you might want to make: at the beginning of the episode, Servo describes the Chairman as “A chubby angel with chin blossoms”.

    Did “chin blossom” mean the same thing in 1997 as urban dictionary claims it does now in 2010?

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  • 137
    Raptorial Talon says:

    “Possibly dirty note you might want to make: at the beginning of the episode, Servo describes the Chairman as “A chubby angel with chin blossoms”.

    Did “chin blossom” mean the same thing in 1997 as urban dictionary claims it does now in 2010?”

    I’m pretty sure he said “gin blossoms,” which refers to a ruddy complexion brought on by habitual excess alcohol consumption.

    Someone correct me if I’m wrong about that definition.

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  • 138
    Cabbage Patch Elvis says:

    #137 – you’ve got it right. It specifically refers to the unnatural redness of the cheeks. Gin Blossoms is also the name of a terrible terrible band.

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  • 139
    creepygirl says:

    #137 & #138:

    It is both right. It really goes back to classic comics, most noteably WC Fields. It was a big red nose and mad personality.

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  • 140

    My bad. I just watched it again and it’s pretty clear it was gin blossoms. Whoops. Must have had chins on my mind when the Chairman sprouted onto the screen. Neutral

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  • 141

    Wow, I ended up being so busy on the day that this was originally posted that I completely forgot about this guide entry until I saw today’s for Assignment: Venezuela.

    Movie:
    * Despite first watching this one at 6 am, it definitely helped me wake up that day.
    * It was fairly easy to be in sync with Mike and the bots on this one. I recall calling at least three riffs: “TV’s Frank!” “More 80s video technology.” and “Just gonna relax with my Gameboy here.”
    * The movie was painful, but can you imagine how painful it would have been if it didn’t have Raul Julia?
    * Even then, it’s so full of quotable riffs that it’s impossible to stay upright. This is a strong contender for one of my all-time favorite episodes. Definitely in the Top 3 for Season 8.
    * Favorite Riffs:
    “We’re just gonna bandsaw the top of your head off.” “This is how much pure cocaine you would need to enjoy this movie.” and “We demand that you set up a delicious buffet!” – Mike
    “I seem to have died, is that okay?” “Bring out your dead!” and “Grandpa! Grandpa!” – Crow
    *The distressed crying of the gal narrating the Connection video.* “Santa!” and “Hey, look! It’s Taz! GRRASHFSDGHBWLNL!” – Servo

    Host Segments:
    * These are where the episode kind of falls flat for me. I preferred the Public Pearl portions, but the rest mostly didn’t click (except for Nanite Servo).
    * I do have to wonder how many takes it took to get through “When Loving Lovers Love.” If I was Bill, I’d have been cracking up after every other line each time.
    * Favorite line: “You’re right, this is the answer! Hey, gimme that microwave!”

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  • 142
    losingmydignity says:

    This one never hurts as much as I remember from the last viewing. In fact, there are some pretty funny bits. It’s just that I HATE this movie more than any other msted movie…I don’t mean it’s the worst movie they ever did…I just hate it. I would rather watch Manos twenty times than Overdrawn once. It’s just so repulsive…like standing in a shopping mall in 1982 waiting for your mom to finish getting her haircut in Hairstylers, and you don’t have even a quarter for the arcade and you see the evil kid at school who beats up on you all the time so you duck into the sardine can multi-plex and the only thing you can get tickets to is Smokey and the Bandit–PART TWO!

    I hate this movie.

    Still, some good riffs at times…

    But really movie hell.

    Who ever said Raul Julia is a good actor? He’s awful in this or anything else. He can’t even do a passable Bogart.

    What is this movie about anyway?

    Did James Cameron rip this off for Avatar the way he did Harlan Ellison?

    If, I’m not seeing Avatar.

    B (just for making the movie bearable and making me laugh pretty often…)

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  • 143

    I first saw this film back in the early 1990s, on British television here in Britain which is where I am. The Radio Times advertised it as an arty sci-fi film from Canada, and gave it a favourable review. I watched it expecting some nudity, because it was advertised as an art film, but apart from one tiny brief moment of hope near the beginning this was not to be. I assumed that the videotaped look and generally low-budget, glowy, shopping centre ambiance was a consequence of it being an art film and so I didn’t think to criticise it, because it was an art film. From Canada, land of the art film.

    Back then, Channel 4 and BBC2 used to show a random mixture of sci-fi, fantasy, foreign, arty films late at night, and “Overdrawn” was slotted in between stuff like Tetsuo, Closely Observed Trains, Outland, Eastern European animation and so forth. Perhaps because I this I had always assumed that it was a cult favourite for the ages, on a par with e.g. Sins of the Fleshapoids…

    …until I discovered MST3K, at which point I realised that I was right all along, and that it simply wasn’t very good. It’s one of those films that suffered from ambition beyond its abilities, which is a common thread throughout MST3K, but whereas e.g. The Creeping Terror aspired to be a cheap horror film – and failed – this aspired to be something of great import, and failed. Nowadays it reminds me of Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, but sci-fi rather than horror. Also, the synth music! From the days when there was still such a thing as “synth music”. It sounds like one man sitting in front of his Ensoniq ESQ-1, flipping through the presets.

    I maintain that if the production had been shot on film, with dimmer lights, 1940s music throughout, and they had chopped out half of the syntha-food and compu-disc and digi-credits nonsense, and just said “food” and “disc” and “money”, the film would have been safely and peacefully forgotten by now without being immortalised in the annals of badness. Also, Raul Julia’s performance is terrible. I’m sure he was a wonderful actor in general, but I don’t think he got the right handle for this one. I feel very sorry for poor Linda Griffiths, the lady who plays Apollonia.

    As for the MST3K treatment, I mentally peg it as a solid but not exceptional late-period episode. I’m watching it right now, as I type these words, and although it passes the time it doesn’t really stand out. “I’ll be a better zombie!”, that was good. I find it hard to remember anything about it, even though I’m actually watching it. Miniature Tom Servo in the land of the Nanites had potential, but went nowhere, and I’m surprised they didn’t reference Tron more often.

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  • 144
    The Toblerone Effect says:

    I thought this was a great episode to end Season 8. The riffing is strong, the movie crazy and stilted, and the host segments perfectly framed why I hate PBS so much! Razz Someone mentioned this being the last of The Future Trilogy on MST…I never put together the common theme of the last three episodes were all future-related, but that’s a perfect way to describe them. As well as the fact that the show ended it’s season on a major high note, due to all three being excellent!

    I think that you could categorize this movie as “funny all on its own”, since there’s so much techno-jargon and future-babble, and several of the characters are over-the-top. Plus the technology used to depict “the future” seems so outdated by today’s standards. It’s the kind of movie you’d come across on a Saturday afternoon, channel-surfing, and decide to mock because there’s nothing else on.

    Fav riff: As Casablanca is playing on Fingal’s screen, Servo says: “Never show a good movie in the middle of your crappy movie!”

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  • 145
    mike says:

    “WHY DON’T YOU RECONS YOUR FLAV-O-FIVES!!!”

    Best line ever, has me rolling everytime. And I’m pretty surprised after 146 comments, nobody mentioned that Dooby guy, what was that about?

    “Ralph Malph here!”

    “Surely this will cure him of his love for cinemas.”

    “Oh please, I can see your little fingal.”

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  • 146
    Lembach says:

    Gotta love the spam, hm? Anyway, yeah, great ep. Lots to work with. The original story isn’t bad, but this really added a lot, I think.

    Am I nuts?

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  • 147
    ck says:

    I actually like this episode. It has an interesting plotline (what’s the
    varley story it’s based on?). While there are some plot problems (I agree they
    should have smacked the movie silly after Fingol reversed the access code!)
    it is interesting. Perhaps a bit overambitious for PBS, analagous to a Coleman
    Francis movie being too ambitious for execution.

    Oh, and Lernbach isn’t nuts. It’s just the chicken soup repeating.

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  • 148
    touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    Repeated “geez this movie is so #%#$+ bad” type riffs have never really done it for me; a few are inevitable in almost any episode, but after a while it just gets annoying. C’mon, it’s not the MOVIE’S fault that YOU picked it out of however many umpteen other potential candidates to watch. Nobody forced you to watch the movie IN REAL LIFE, did they? If it’s THAT bad, just throw it back and get another one. Sheesh.

    Obviously, this occasionally happened during the Comedy Central years, too, but it being more common during the Sci-Fi Channel years just serves as part of the general “we don’t really want to be doing this all that much so you and your devotion to our show can go to hell” mood conveyed (to me, anyway) during said years. Then again, what did they expect when they re-did the bridge in Early Borg? Heck, I get depressed just LOOKING at it, imagine BEING in it for hours at a time. Didn’t they know anything about the importance of workplace environment? And I’ll stop now.

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  • 149
    schippers says:

    Why did I not comment on this ep last go-around?

    Oh how I love this stupid, stupid, stupid movie. The “exciting” and “tense” climax, in which Raul and Fat Guy stare at each other, is a textbook case of “we haven’t given the audience enough information with which to process why this exchange is tense and exciting.”

    I just realized that the spam messages above must have been sent by Aram Fingal. He’s not happy so many people are taking a dump on his life story.

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  • 150
    Sitting Duck says:

    Overdrawn at the Memory Bank passes the Bechdel Test. While the bulk of female conversation is between Apollonia and Djamilla about Fingal, there is a point where the field trip chaperone and one of the girl students discuss the latter’s lack of post-meal hygiene.

    Nothing against Trace, but I don’t think he could have delivered, “You know you want me baby!” quite as well as Bill.

    I’m surprised that blonde hasn’t slapped Fingal with a sexual harrassment suit.

    I don’t understand the dislike of HS3. I personally thought it was hilarious, even if it was a bit obvious.

    You’ll pardon me for noting that you’re a bit sloppy with the credits here. The two Nanites were voiced by Paul (Mookie) and Patrick (Slicer). Plus it was Kevin and not Jim who directed.

    As many others have noted, the main problem with the film is that Fingal is a self-absorbed jerk with no redeeming traits.

    Personally, I think Fingal yelling, “I’ve interfaced!” would have been a better stinger.

    @ #28: You might want to go over to the Episode Guide entry for Hamlet. Now that one was divisive.

    Favorite riffs

    Wanda Cannon? Now that’s a porno name if I’ve ever heard one. Not that I’ve ever heard one. You know, I don’t subscribe to lots of publications or anything.

    Old guys becoming pandas. That’s the future.

    Please, I can see your Fingal.

    We were going to call it Strudelganger, but…

    The Comic Relief Lady is making me very tense.

    Is it Children of the Damned Day at the Brain Institute here?

    I’m as clumsy as a stupid, repulsive anteater.

    Must be Christmas on the Borg ship.

    You know, I bet no one ever scrolls up this cinema.

    In about an hour? I don’t think so!

    All I can eat? The joke’s on them.

    [as the blonde starts getting horny] Look familiar Mike? Oh, probably not.

    [as we arrive post-coitus] Man, kids are tuning in right now to watch Barney.

    “I’m trying to do the right thing, Fingal. But I’m not sure what that is.”
    Slapping him seemed like a good start.

    That’s poison oak on your naughty bits, ma’am.

    “So you’re going out crying?”
    Yes, and wetting, actually.

    “Where was he?”
    He was in the food service freezer. They were going to chip him and cream him and serve him over toast ’til someone noticed.

    Winston Churchill’s mobbed-up brother Vito.

    [as they barricade the door] Well that’ll stop the four hundred pound guy who smells pancakes.

    Well then, I guess PBS means Public Boinking System.

    But I hate this movie. It’s on AMC every week.

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  • 151
    Jose Chung says:

    I believe the nanites are portrayed by Patrick Brantseg and Paul Chaplin. I don’t know why Bridget is credited, it doesn’t sound anything like her.

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  • 152
    touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    156: “Nothing against Trace, but I don’t think he could have delivered, “You know you want me baby!” quite as well as Bill.”

    Well, Trace wouldn’t have WRITTEN “You know you want me baby.” Trace’s Crow was much more of a cheerful innocent. Bill’s Crow is mad about being alive, which I presume is why they included the part about him being alone on the Satellite for 500 years. He’s basically a warped frustrated old man. And I’ll stop again.

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  • 153
    Smoothie of Great Power says:

    There’s only one thing to say about this episode that I didn’t say last time:

    I’M INTERFACED!!!

    Oh, and one other thing. It may or may not be an intentional reference but the “Old guys becoming pandas” riff is exactly what happens to the main character’s father in Ranma 1/2.

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  • 154
    touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    “Thank you, Floyd the Pervert.”

    So…why “Floyd”? Was there a Howard McNear resemblance that they otherwise didn’t comment on?

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  • 155
    Dan in WI says:

    What can I say about PPTV that hasn’t already been said? This was easily the highlight of the episode for me. Mary Jo plays it just right with spot on delivery. Just like a real PBS telethon.

    The monkey on SOL did get old quickly.

    A lot of people state this one is hard to follow. I don’t think so. It is a series of silly plot contrivances but they are easy to follow and I have to admit the story did suck me in.

    Favorite Riffs:
    The fat man appears and Crow remarks as Fingal-Rick “Crap and I’m running the prime rib special tonight.”

    Two thugs wearing hats approach Fingal. Mike “These guys were rejected from Men Without Hats.”

    Crow “So this is public television. Suddenly I feel like beating the crap out of Fred Rodgers.”

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  • 156
    BIG61AL says:

    Good episode…lots of really great riffs…

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  • 157
    Sampo says:

    Thanks to Sitting Duck and Jose Chung for the credits corrections (now made). I can (partially) explain: The tape of this that I had for a long time cut off before the credits. I asked somebody to transcribe them for me. They apparently made a mistake on the Bridget entry. Gotta fix that in the credits listing too. The Jim/Kevin confusion I can blame on no one but my faulty brain.

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  • 158
    pondoscp says:

    Yep, I don’t care for this one. Bring on Season 9!

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  • 159
    thequietman says:

    Something no one has mentioned during the PPTV segment is Servo’s cheerful and oh-so chatty pledge call. I wonder how many takes it took for him to get through that tongue-twisting line about how cool it’ll be to have a tote bag to tote things in. At least one outtake made it into the second Poopie reel. Plus the timing of his “Helloooo!” just as he’s insulting Mike has me laughing every time.

    Now I have to go watch my Websters and my Facts of Lifeses and my Who’s the Bosseseses….

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  • 160
    senorpogo says:

    dopple my fingal, mike, and monitor my fingal time and my cube time

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  • 161
    schippers says:

    I could go for some Flav-o-Fives right about now.

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  • 162

    And the Sci-Fi Era: Year 1 comes to an end. . . while not always pretty, and with some definite growing pains and bumpy patches, Season 8 of MST still manages to provide a few classics and some all around great episodes.

    Overdrawn at the Memory Bank is one of those great episodes, it’s pretty funny overall and the movie is unique amongst MST movies, what with the shot-on-video-public-broadcasting-terribleness of it. I agree with others, this is a rough one, but that doesn’t limit my enjoyment of it. I like it.

    The Host Segments are pretty good, I love the PPTV pledge drive (Ortega!), with HS#2′s “When Loving Lovers Love” being a highlight of the whole season (and most definitely an overall highlight of Pearl’s). One question though: Brain Guy whipped up this set for Pearl and the pledge drive, right? Well. . . where exactly did he whip this up AT? Where are they? They haven’t got to Castle Forrester yet. . .so. . .where are they?

    The other segments are only so-so, the Henry the monkey stuff in HS#1 and then after that are okay I guess; I’m sure it was fun to throw stuff at Mike. Also, notice how one of the things Henry throws (a box of Triscuits, I believe) gets caught in Crow’s net. Nice toss, Henry!

    The Servo-Nanites skit in HS#3 is my least favorite; I just really really don’t like the Nanites, none of their skits do it for me.

    Back to the movie, OATMB is pretty bad, but you have to admit that it seems pretty ambitious for a public broadcasting production. Also, Raul Julia is pretty good in this, even if his character is kind of a jerk and doof.

    *One more movie note: Production Designer Carol Spier is David Cronenberg’s go to PD, having worked together on 14 films (including most of Cronenberg’s best: The Fly, Videodrome, Naked Lunch, The Brood, etc.) and she also has become Guillermo Del Toro’s choice for his English language films, Mimic, Blade II, and this summer’s Pacific Rim. She most likely got roped into doing OATMB due to her love of public broadcasting (just like Raul Julia); the same year as OATMB (1985) she was also the Art Director for Sesame Street Presents: Follow that Bird. The more you know! Rainbow

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    RIFFS:

    Crow: “Wanda Cannon! Now that’s a porno name if I ever heard one.”

    Mike: “TV’s Frank!”
    Servo: “Wow, Frank’s really come up in the world.”

    Servo: “Man, never show a good movie in the middle of your crappy movie.”

    Crow: “Huge slam on anteaters out of nowhere!”

    movie: “Wait, switch to analog..”
    Mike: “It has a much warmer sound.”

    Servo: “My nuts?”

    Mike: “He cracked the code for scrubbing bubbles.”

    Mike: “This is how much pure cocaine you would need to enjoy this movie.”

    Crow (as Fat Man): “To Wendy’s!”

    Crow: “Eraserhead was easier to follow than this movie!”

    Mike: “VertiGo-to Hell..”

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    Oh, and in case you were wondering,

    “YOU KNOW YOU WANT ME, BABY!”

    -
    Overdrawn at the Memory Bank,
    I give it
    4 out of 5 Fingals

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  • 163
    Stupid Repulsive Anteater says:

    Guess I should chime in, since it influenced my ID and all…

    As many have said, classic episode. Yes, Servo wanting Mike to “dopple my Fingal down to the Nanite world” was the weak segment of the group, but arrogance always seems to be followed up by some well-deserved comeuppance. Why would Servo be any different?

    “Monitor both my cube time AND my Fingal time.”

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  • 164
    Cornjob says:

    Oh God, this episode is bringing up repressed memories of all the mind crushingly boring nature documentaries that my parents made me watch on PBS when I was a kid. I swear those things were filmed by directors who thought Empire State was too fast paced. And then for 1/3 of the year the pledge drives would be on and I’d have to wait through 20 minutes of pathetic and aggressive begging to get to a documentary about the digestion of the Sumatran Sloth. On a black and white TV no less. As a liberal and an environmentalist I’m sympathetic to a lot of their programming, even if I couldn’t stand to watch a lot of it.

    I like this episode a lot, despite the PBS flashbacks and the soap opera look of the movie being something of an eyesore.

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  • 165
    Sitting Duck says:

    Another weak point of the film is the frequent use of narration. Normally, such a device is used in movies when there’s some exposition to be conveyed and there’s no way to do so convincingly in the dialogue. The problem here is that the narrations don’t actually provide any information that viewers couldn’t have figured out on their own. So it comes off more like a really crappy DVD commentary track.

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  • 166
    ghlbtsk says:

    Good lord, people, it’s Flav-O-Fibs (it’s clearly spelled that way on the bag) as in flavor and fiber.

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  • 167
    Depressing Aunt says:

    I am one of those who is vastly annoyed by the time OATMB staggers to a close, chucking spinning Raul paperdolls at us in a queasy mixture of weird and boring. But I understand that this sort of thing is subjective. I truly do, because I actually *enjoy* the weird and boring ending of “Fu Manchu.” Hey look–ants! (slurp slurp)

    Pearl’s great in this episode. She’s a Mad for all seasons like her son before her. I love the “Loving Lovers Love to Love Lovers Who Love When They’re in Love” lyrics. Smile

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  • 168
    Cornjob says:

    I thought they were politically conscious subversive hip-hop snacks called Flavor-Flavs.

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  • 169
    rcfagnan says:

    “Get your monkeys instantly, with instant monkeys online!”

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  • 170
    Sitting Duck says:

    There was a missed riffing opportunity. When the Chairman was explaining to Fingal about the tag switch, he referred to the kid responsible as a little rascal. Despite this, no one hums the Our Gang theme.

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  • 171

    This is how I would rank the Season 8 experiments:

    (*****)
    814: Riding with Death, 813: Jack Frost, 810: Giant Spider Invasion, 820: Space Mutiny, 811: Parts: The Clonus Horror, 821: Time Chasers

    (****)
    809: I was a Teenage Werewolf, 803: The Mole People, 816: Prince of Space, 822: Overdrawn at the Memory Bank

    (***)
    815: Agent for HARM, 818: Devil Doll, 804: The Deadly Mantis, 812: TISCWSLABMUZ, 801: Revenge of the Creature, 817: Horror on Party Beach, 807: Terror from the Year 5000, 806: The Undead, 819: Invasion of the Neptune Men, 808: The She Creature, 802: The Leech Woman, 805: The Thing that Couldn’t Die

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    Overall, a pretty good season. Obviously the back-half of the season outshines the first-half, and while not one of my (overall) favorite seasons of MST3K (or even my favorite season of the Sci-Fi era), it still has plenty of goodness to offer.

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  • 172
    pondoscp says:

    t minus 26 weeks and counting until….?
    Well, it certainly won’t be us commenting on episode 1014…. Wink

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  • 173
    Cornjob says:

    Fingal’s cubed it again.

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  • 174
    green japanese boys says:

    Sampo, when exactly is the “eyukaeee!”?

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