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Episode guide: 902- The Phantom Planet

Movie: (1961) An astronaut crashes on a planet inhabited by tiny people. After he shrinks down to their size, he learns they are at war with an aggressive neighboring planet.

First shown: 3/21/98
Opening: Crow and Tom challenge Mike to an Andy Rooney-off
Intro: Pearl’s World Domination Starter Kit arrives from Speigel, but the all-important “thing” has been mis-delivered to the SOL
Host segment 1: Mike and Tom focus their attention on the Good and the Beautiful
Host segment 2: Mike slips Crow’s mind; spooky sounds in Castle Forrester turn out to be less than other-worldly
Host segment 3: Crow and Tom, having taken up water glass rim music, invite Mike to try it, and soon regret that they did
End: Crow is baffled and enraged by his Solarite costume; Pearl despairs of taking over the world until torch-wielding neighbors arrive
Stinger: The “Good and the Beautiful” are extolled
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (269 votes, average: 4.24 out of 5)

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• If I choose to focus my attention on the good and the beautiful, as I should, there’s much to enjoy in this episode. First of all, the movie. I love these rocketship movies. They’re my favorite genre of MST3K movie (giant bug movies are a close second). And this one is just pure cheese from start to finish, complete with the obligatory flock of Fiddle Faddle asteroids, “Lost in Space” quality sets and squarejawed white guys piloting the space ships. The riffing is great in this one too. The host segments are hit-and-miss, but generally it’s a fun episode.
• This episode was included in Rhino’s The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 8.
• Bill’s observations on this one are here.
• The “good and the beautiful” speech became an instant hit in internet MSTie forums.
• The Andy Rooney-off classic is a classic bit that sounds like something that started as a friendly competition in the writing room.
• After the sound problem in last week’s episode, I couldn’t help noticing that the sound on this one is also a little echoey, but not enough to be distracting or any kind of problem.
• Then-current reference: Anna Nichole Smith, then young and sexy, is presented as an example of “the beautiful.” What a long time ago that was.
• The effect of Mike floating away in segment 2 looks very nice. The spooky sounds bit, however, is one of those “long walk for a little joke” things they sometimes get themselves into.
• Take note: The Francis X. Bushman character is named Sesom: that’s Moses spelled backwards.
• “I should really just relax” item of the week: Hey, suddenly Tom’s hands work in segment 3!
• The bit at the end where Crow again goes insane is similar to the several previous bits, including the Bellerian bit in Space Mutiny, but Bill commits and it works anyway.
• That’s Patrick, Peter Rudrud and Beez as the voices of the scalded villagers.
• On my Rhino disk, the stinger cuts out about two seconds too soon. Does anybody else’s do that or did I get a defect?
• Cast and crew roundup: Producer-screenwriter-story guy Fred Gebhardt also did “12 to the Moon.” Hmm, I think we know who to blame for this one. Production designer Robert Kinoshita also worked on “Viking Women.” Assistant director/production supervisor Maurice Vaccarino also worked on “The Screaming Skull” and “Teenage Caveman.” Assistant producer/editor Hugo Grimaldi also worked on “First Spaceship on Venus,” “Human Duplicators” and “Hercules and the Captive Women.” Editor Donald Wolfe also worked on “Human Duplicators.” Special effects guy Louis DeWitt also worked on “Viking Women.” Special effects guy Charles R. Duncan also worked on “The Crawling Hand” and “Slime People.” Costumer Oscar Rodriguez also worked on “The Magic Sword” and “I Was a Teenage Werewolf.” Set designer Joseph Kish also worked on “The Rebel Set.” Sound mixer Al Overton also worked “Screaming Skull,” “Earth Vs. the Spider” and “Attack of the Giant Leeches.” Score composer Gordon Zahler also worked on “First Spaceship to Venus,” “Hercules and the Captive Women,” “Human Duplicators” and “Women of the Prehistoric Planet.”
In front of the camera: Coleen Gray was also in “The Leech Woman.” Anthony Dexter was also in “12 to the Moon” and “Firemaidens From Outer Space.” Dolores Faith was also in “Human Duplicators.” Francis X. Bushman was also in “12 to the Moon,” as was Richard Weber. Lori Lyons was also in “Human Duplicators.” Richard Kiel was also in “The Magic Sword,” “Human Duplicators” and “Eegah.” Marvin Miller is also in “King Dinosaur” and “Day the Earth Froze.” Leon D. Selznick was also in “Hercules and the Captive Women.” Gloria Moreland was also in “The Rebel Set.”
• CreditsWatch: Produced and directed by Kevin. Brad gets another credit–Technical Supervisor. This would be intern Todd Severson’s last of two shows. The “Teachers of America” are again thanked at the end of the credits, but after this they are gone for good.
• Fave riff: “Thank you for attending pleated skirt day here at Combat Rod Park.” Honorable mention: “So you can just take a hard left in space?”

136 Replies to “Episode guide: 902- The Phantom Planet”

  1. Of No Account
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    A Good & Beautiful episode.

    On the issue of the tiny doors, at least it’s more realistic than the spaceships with 12 foot ceilings & 1000 square feet of empty floor space.

    Is there a single movie from this era, involving rocketships, that did NOT have them attacked by random asteroid fields? I know there’s not a lot of road hazards in space, but still…

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  2. Sitting Duck
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    The Phantom Planet fails the Bechdel Test. None of the female characters converse with each other.

    I’m completely unfamiliar with Andy Rooney, so the Prologue just doesn’t register.

    I must say, seeing Three-Eyed Crow was startling. Perhaps a nod to the Simpsons episode with Blinky?

    That clock on the rocket looked to be counting off five seconds for every one actual second.

    Callback to The Unearthly: “He needs a posture pal.”

    That must have been their longest stinger ever.

    Favorite riffs:

    “This story you are about to witness is only…”
    A first draft.

    “Log entry, Pegasus 3, March 16, 1980.”
    Oh, our old future.

    What do you know? You’re just an intern.

    Weird. We’re in space and I can hear you scream.

    It was nice of the credits to let those things through.

    I filled my pants, sir. In fact, I think I filled yours, too.

    Jeez, how did I manage to land without that mincing little co-pilot jabbering about the good and the beautiful?

    Help! I’m being smothered in my own jockey shorts!

    The guilty party will receive a dream trip to sunny Cancun!

    Anonymous Similar Guys away!

    Collecting for the March of Dimes is complicated in space.

    You know, in a few minutes they’ll be the best of friends, slugging back tranya.

    “You can’t make someone love you. It’s got to come naturally. You can’t force it, you can’t command it.”
    That’s what the judge told me.

    “Attacked by whom?”
    I’m not saying. You’re mean to me.

    Ma’am, could you quit writhing on the coffee table?

    Their bad technology is light years behind their space-going chicken technology.

    And she’s horrified back into muteness.

    Hey, you want to hear something funny? I found a little dark-haired woman on the bottom of my shoe.

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  3. snowdog
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    This film was released in 1961. It was pretty optimistic to think we’d be exploring deep space from a lunar base just 19 years in the future. It has now been over 30 years since 1980 and still we’re just mucking around in Earth’s orbit.

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  4. Of No Account
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    A Good & Beautiful episode.

    On the issue of the tiny doors, at least it’s more realistic than the spaceships with 12 foot ceilings & 1000 square feet of empty floor space.

    Is there a single movie from this era, involving rocketships, that did NOT have them attacked by random asteroid fields? I know there’s not a lot of road hazards in space, but still…

    @#103 – snowdog: Sad, isn’t it? We don’t even have anything that can get to the moon & back anymore. I like our old future better…

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  5. Depressing Aunt
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    #102 Considering there are only two women with lines, and poor Zetha is only interested in Frank Chapman, it certianly does fail the Bechdel test. It’s cute the way Chapman decides she’s warmer and more sensitive….than the three other people he interacts with on this planet. “And you can’t *say* you don’t like me.”

    The space suits make the men look so hippy, and I can’t tell what part of the monster is his spacesuit and what part of him is his body. I mean, that tulle fringe, wow. I didn’t realize till now that, along with Richard Kiel, Dolores Faith was in “Human Duplicators.” What am I, blind? (That’s my little joke.)

    So, this is an episode I consider just okay, because the movie is so sleepy. But I will always be glad it had these lines from Pearl: “I don’t know, Mike. Maybe this whole taking over the world thing is DUMB. Why don’t YOU do it, or somethin’?” She’s hilariously pouty, and I often whine “Why don’t YOU do it?” before setting off on an unpleasant task. Unfortunately, I’m the only person in the room every single time I say it!

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  6. schippers
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    It’s amazing that producers were still turning out rocketship movies like this one in the 1960s. You’d really never know this movie wasn’t shot in the early-mid 50s if you weren’t familiar with the relative ages of the performers (or, like didn’t check out the copyright date, or something).

    What I love the most about this movie is that SUCH a lot of hoo-ha is made about the shrinking, when really it amounts to absolutely nothing apart from a device for rendering it impossible for Chapman to escape (oh, and also being a pointless nod to Gulliver’s Travels).

    Imagine if a nation used the same penal code as the one on display in this film. The path to citizenship is just an attempted homicide away!

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  7. sol-survivor
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    I listened to this episode at work tonight and noticed that Sessom pronounces the name of his planet at least 3 different ways. Roughly RAYton, RayTON, and RayTIN. Maybe he was just tired. He does seem to need to go to bed a lot.

    So with all their great knowledge of science no one could figure out that Zetha was mute because of trauma from a previous Solarite attack? Or maybe she just didn’t have anything to say.

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  8. Cornjob
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    If a movie fails the Bechdel test does it not get to graduate?

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  9. Watch-out-for-Snakes
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    The black and white rocketship movies aren’t really my favorite subgenre of MST movie, but they aren’t terrible (unless Rocky and Winky are involved) and The Phantom Planet is one of the better ones. It’s light and fun (except for that sortra dark opening scene with Chapman’s co-pilot getting lost in space) with a nonsense story and goofy special effects, more or less perfect fodder for riffing by Mike and the Bots.

    The Host Segments are so-so, the best ones being HS#1 (the Good and the Beautiful) and the ending with Crow in his Solarite costume (where does he find the time to make these things?).


    RIFFS:

    Crow: “Grandpa tried to use the microwave again.”

    movie: “Something approaching fast..”
    Mike: “It looks crispy!”

    Crow: “It’s extra crispy, no wait! It’s original recipe!”

    Crow: “Spazz-stronaut.”

    Crow: “Frank, you’ll have to take 3rd grade again-gain-ain-in-n.”

    Mike: “This guy’s shaped like Dr. Beverly Crusher.”

    Crow: “So people are just balloons?”

    Mike: “Space Batch!”

    Chapman pats Herron’s back,
    Mike: “There. There.”

    Mike: “Release the hushpuppies!”

    Crow: “Tight turning radius on that chicken thing there.”

    Mike: “It’s no good, their defense is too crispy.”

    Crow: “You can’t flashback to something that happened 10 minutes ago!”

    That scene with the co-pilot getting lost in space was strangely reminiscent of this summer’s big sci-fi hit, Gravity. Not in anyway in regards to execution (obviously) but more in just the abstract terror of drifting in space. For a split second, The Phantom Planet was kind of a bummer, but then Chapman lands on that chicken strip and everything gets goofy and fun again. YAY!

    I give this one
    4 out of 5 for the good and the beautiful. . .

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  10. robot rump!
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    like some other posters i am MST-ied eyed at the state of our space travel capabilities. watching some of the old movies where you have the Chunk Squarejaws of the world flying to the thirteenth moon of Jupiter, cruising the outer limits looking for space pirates or better yet, you’re prepping for a mission to the Moon when someone gets the idea to shoot you out to Venus just because. maybe they SHOULD have told us about those monkeys that they launched into space and came back super intelligent.

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  11. Ian L.
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    Something about the movie itself is really unsettling to me, despite the dated special effects. Maybe it’s the haunting soundtrack, maybe it’s the shrinking aspect to the plot, maybe it’s Chapman being stuck somewhere he doesn’t want to be, maybe it’s the designs of the Solarites, maybe it’s Makonnen floating forever in deep space…

    I don’t recall the riffs being all that spectacular. It also has the unfortunate handicap of being sandwiched in-between two of the better season 9 episodes, “The Projected Man” and “The Pumaman” (followed closely by WURWILF!)

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  12. Creeping-Death
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    Always enjoyed this episode. 4 stars.

    Favorite lines:

    Servo: Rayton Chong

    Makonnen: You know, Captain, every year of my life, I grow more and more convinced that the wisest and best is to fix our attention on the good and the beautiful…
    Crow [as Chapman]: Don’t hit him…
    Makonnen: …if you just take the time to look at it.
    Chapman: You’re some guy, Makonnen.

    Mike[as Makonnen]: You know, Captain, every day I think we should be the wisest and bestest we could be.
    Crow[as Chapman]: Yeah, whatever, Ray.

    Crow[as Makonnen] You know, Captain, I’M SCARED!!

    Mike [as Makonnen]: You know, Captain…
    Crow [as Chapman]: Shut up, Ray!

    Mike[as Chapman]: You know, it turns out its not funny at all when you fart in a spacesuit.

    Chapman: Now they’ll never believe me…
    Mike [as Chapman]: [Unemotionally] I’ll have to kill them all.

    Servo: We find him GUILTY! GUILTY!
    G-U-I-L … T-Y!
    Guilty! Guilty!
    G-U-I-L … T-Y!
    Whoo! Yaaaay!

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  13. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    For any interested individuals:

    http://www.misterkitty.org/extras/stupidcovers/stupidcomics318.html

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  14. schippers
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    #113 –

    Rehton…Nother…

    OH I GEDDIT

    NOT HERE

    So, does that mean the whole comic/movie really WAS just all in Frank’s head? And, like, when he was knocked out, he, like, made that little whatever it was that Zetha made for him on the asteroid?

    I’m confused.

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  15. HeyCabot!
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    You know Captain, this is a good and beautiful episode. It has chicken nugget asteroids (“It’s no good, their defenses are too crispy”), dog-faced aliens (“Excuse me ma’am, I really need to go walkies”), a weird-looking blonde guy (“I claim this planet for strange-looking blonde men everywhere”) and the two women he doesn’t deserve. (“Take her.” “No, take her.”) It also has some of the hokiest philosophy (“You know Captain…”) and fluffiest science fiction (“So humans are just balloons?!”) this side of Puma Man.

    I want to make a special mention of all the goofy spaceship sequences, with screeching tire sound effects for the turns and the dramatic music for a feeble takeoff. “Does this tepid little scene really merit the DA DADADA!?”

    These black and white spaceship movies usually bore me to tears, but this one is pure gold.

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  16. Cornjob
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    I’m among the ones who find the co-pilot drifting off into the infinite nothingness of deep space to be disturbing. But that’s just me.

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  17. trickymutha
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    For the first time in awhile, I watched the weekly discussion film late last night. I found this movie would have fit in good in season 2 or 3 for Joel. That said, I enjoyed the white bread cheeseness, and, reinvested in my contempt for the Leech woman. The riffing was good and beautiful- and, while not a laugh out loud episode, provided needed comfort food as the second part of a Friday double header (episode one last night was Star force two). “Plastics Benjamin, Plastics.”

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  18. Savvy
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    In honor of this episode, I have created a list of all the riffs on the Chicken Nugget Meteor Things. Enjoy!

    1. “From this pivotal point, astronauts at the risk of their lives set out to conquer nature’s mysterious forces.” Tom: “Like this granola.”
    2. “Something’s approaching fast!” Mike: “It looks crunchy!”
    3. Crow: “Those nooks and crannies really hold the butter!”
    4. Mike: “Damn, it’s deep-fried!”
    5. Tom: “Honey Bunches…of DEATH!”
    6. Mike: “Oh, it was nice of the credits to let those things through.”
    7. Crow: “Attack…of the killer PEANUT BRITTLE!”
    8. “Here they come!” Tom: “Prepare the milk!”
    9. Tom: “There’s a French burned peanut off the port bough!
    10. Crow: “It’s extra crispy! No no no, wait! It’s original recipy!”
    11. Mike: “Oh, no. It comes with slaw!”
    12. Crow: “This came out of Lyndon Johnson’s gall bladder!”
    13. “Incredible!” Mike: “Edible!”
    14. Mike: “We thought the audience would enjoy looking at a LUMP!”
    15. Crow: “Well, maybe if they didn’t disguise the planet as a Chicken McNugget the dogs wouldn’t ATTACK IT!”
    16. Mike: “Shake ‘n’ Bake, and I: DEATH!”
    17. Crow: “Wow. Tight turning radius on that chicken thing, there.”
    18. Mike: “It’s no good. Their defense is too crispy!”
    19. Crow: “Heh. Their bed technology is light-years behind their space-going chicken technology.”
    20. Tom: “Farewell, chunked and formed light and dark meat!”
    21. Tom: “So long, no less than ninety-five percent meat and meat by-product!”
    Mike: “They did chicken right.”
    Tom: “Yes!”

    A few things…
    -Pearl, for being incredibly evil, puts up a good fight to make sure Bobo doesn’t harm any “Liver Ats”.
    -I really like the score for this movie. There’s just something about it. It has some neat rhythms, harmonies, and melodies.
    -I love how Crow briefly sings the Olympics Theme as the tympanies play when Frank Chapman walks out for his hearing.
    -Pearl and Brain Guy share a particularly awkward moment during “Bobo Unchained”.
    -Mike does a surprisingly impressive evil female laugh. “Trust me completely.”
    -The dog riffs on the solarites are hilarious. Tom nails it: “He’s just a Shar-Pei with a parted afro wearing a pizza slicer!”
    -When will Chapman button up his shirt, already?!
    -One of my favorite riffs is Mike’s Northwest Airlines slam: “Just want to remind you this is a Northwest flight, so we’ll be sitting in the tarmac for an hour with no beverages and the air conditioning, and flight attendants are overworked and abusive, and if you complain, we’ll throw you off the flight.” Genius.
    -And, of course, the stinger is a perfect balance of good and beautiful.

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  19. Creeping-Death
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    Is this their longest stinger? It lasts a whopping 17 seconds.

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  20. insidemyhead
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    The Peter Graves “…learned too late that man is a feeling creature…” stinger was longer, right?

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  21. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    #54:

    (so it’s an old comment, so what?)

    Presumably, the captive Solarite is about the size of the Rehtons because he/she/it is, like Chapman, breathing Rehton’s atmosphere. Solarites outside of Rehton’s atmosphere might be as large as HUMANS are outside of Rehton’s atmosphere, so, yes, they could conceivably pose a threat to Earth.

    Of course, if the Solarite ships are “regular-sized” spaceships, Rehton technology is obviously quite advanced to be able to destroy such (to them) gigantic vessels. After all, they pulled 100% regular-sized Earth spaceships right out of space fairly easily.

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  22. IR5
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    Currently, this episode appears about every two weeks Sunday nights on Comet. Me- I watch. Me- I laugh. Wife- she laughs. It’s funny comfort food in a hectic world. Love the old guy. And, Frank Chapman as Henry Fonda as Space Beef.

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  23. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    ck:
    Richard Kiel’s monstrous performance in this movie doesn’t quite
    equal his thespianism in Eegah. Amazing how much he improved
    in one year.;-)

    Well, the change in costume design helped a lot…

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  24. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    Other films that take place in 1980:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Films_set_in_1980

    Uh, yeah, Wik, including films that were MADE in 1980 doesn’t quite, ahh, whatever.

    Gummo:
    Why DO those 1960s spaceships have 3 foot high doors anyway??

    Budget cuts. Competitive bidding. It’s the government, mister.

    Thomas K. Dye:
    Still, Coleen Gray is better than the film she’s in.And what was all that about her saying “Maybe I can help you”?She never does anything after that!Chapman’s escape is all Anthony “Fire Maidens of Outer Space” Dexter’s doing.

    I took that to mean that she’s the one who got Herron to get cracking on helping Chapman. I didn’t CARE, but…

    Ator In Flight:
    I like how they show Mike clipping Tom’s fingernails. A peek into the daily life on the S.O.L.

    Joel not only went to the trouble of building a robot with fingernails (despite the fact that Tom’s hands IMHO look like nothing so much as Mickey Mouse gloves), he went to the trouble of building a robot with fingernails that GROW. Yeah, I, uh, think there were whole things goin’ on with Joel long before he got shot into space…

    I’m not a medium, I’m a petite:
    The film has ( and let me apologize in advance ) a certain quiet dignity

    Well, compared to a Razorback hat, perhaps…

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  25. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    insidemyhead:
    The Peter Graves “…learned too late that man is a feeling creature…” stinger was longer, right?

    Wasn’t the Macbeth stinger longer still? Or not? Or…?

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  26. Lisa H.
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    Hamlet, you mean?

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  27. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    Lisa H.:
    Hamlet, you mean?

    Yes. Thank you. Sorry about that.

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  28. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    IMHO Pearl’s mad science rule the world gig came out of less than nowhere. Maybe if she’d at least hit her head or something…

    “Wednesday Addams is crestfallen.” Oh, Crow, Wednesday Addams growed up to look even better than that. Then she got old and lost it, of course, but for a while there…

    RPG:
    I’m quite sure that the ‘rubbing a cat against a zither’ music in this movie is the same from the ‘monsters metal machine music’ in Horror of Party Beach.

    “And give us a needle drop on some This Island Earth music.” Use, recycle, re-use, it was all basically just one big decades-long production back then…

    pearliemae:
    Someone asks where mute girl is.“Oh, she went to bed.”Yeah, nothing going on around here, may as well get some shut-eye.

    Well, what did she bring to the act to begin with? Did she have a rank of some sort at Sessom’s Sitadel or was she just hanging around like a disturbingly hot Japanese child?

    Raptorial Talon:
    Women on TV usually seem to fall into four categories: emotionless, cruel antagonists; jaded world-weary professionals; sex interests; and victims (socially, criminally, or otherwise)

    Well, she IS a cruel antagonist, so there IS that.

    fathermushroom:
    “So, ‘radioactive’ immediately equals ‘bad’ to you.” Crow with three eyes KILLS me.

    Yes, radiation has to be pretty special to mutate someone who has no *D*N*A*…

    The Bolem:
    And on the host segments, was it ever stated just where Castle Forrester was supposed to be? Clearly European

    No no no no no no no, VAGUELY European. ;-)

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  29. Lisa H.
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    touches no one’s life, then leaves: Yes. Thank you. Sorry about that.

    Although this makes me wonder how many other not-so-great filmed productions of Shakespeare are out there that could respond well to the MST3K treatment…

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  30. thequietman
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    My oil light is on, wonder why that is?

    As good as this episode turns out to be upon rewatching, it still feels like another filler episode on the way to some of the even more fondly remembered episodes of Season 9. It’s another one where I remember all the host segments but couldn’t remember where most of the non-movie specific ones were from. Take the Andy Rooney-off for example. Did anyone else think Gypsy was uncharacteristically harsh when she gave up trying to announce the winner?

    Going back to the movie, I think this one had one of those WTF moments from the last Weekend Discussion, when Francis X. Bushman expresses his not-really regret at destroying the Solarite forces. His line delivery there is so weird.

    Fave riffs
    “I don’t know whether to be flattered or not.”
    Don’t be.

    I just remembered my keys are still in the [door shuts] D’OH!

    When Chapman’s rival shifts his gaze, Servo makes a noise like a camera adjusting

    “You saw what happened to the rock”
    [Sean Connery voice] I shtarred in it with Nicholas Cage!

    “You have such a pretty little face…”
    Here, let me jam my TONGUE into it!

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  31. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    March 16, 1980, so, what really happened on March 16, 1980, anyway? Well, future American football tight end Todd Heap and future Spanish professional basketball player Felipe Cabanas were born paupers to pawns when the New York Times said “God is dead and the War’s Begun”…Wait, did the New York Times say that? The New York Times never said that, it’s so funny people would think the New York Times would say that, The New York Times never said that…

    Finnias Jones:
    Its “Kitaen”. You guys obviously have never seen “The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik-Yak.”

    Gee, are we that transparent…?

    NormalView82:
    Chapman and Meecham were separated at birth!

    Then how could one of them have been born in 1943 in order to be 37 in 1980 while the other was born in 1928 to be 27 in 1955? You can’t answer that, can you? ;-)

    JCC:
    I wonder if her and Kiel reminisced about this film while making The Human Duplicators?

    A film in which neither of them had speaking roles? Of course, that wouldn’t have been anything new for Kiel, I suppose.

    Per Wikipedia, this is the film Dolores Faith is best known for. Oh, that will not stand, man, such aggresson will not stand. In 1965’s House of the Black Death, she appeared with John Carradine, Lon Chaney Jr., AND Katherine “Batwoman” Victor (wow, how many favors did they have to call in to get HER?). Someone needs to get her best known for that. But how? How? HOW?

    Then again, there’s 1965’s “Mutiny in Outer Space” (oh, *so* close…), in which she played scientist Dr. Faith Montaine. What’s that name? Faith Mon’Tain. Ask me again, I’ll tell you the same…

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  32. docskippy
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    I love me those MST rocket ship movies. This one is especially good, what with our lead character’s wooden performance and the puzzling nonstarter of a plot (it SHOULD be Swift, but we get…well, not much at all, really).

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  33. antiseptic manor
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    I’d like to hang one on ya!

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  34. Sitting Duck
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    snowdog:
    This film was released in 1961. It was pretty optimistic to think we’d be exploring deep space from a lunar base just 19 years in the future. It has now been over 30 years since 1980 and still we’re just mucking around in Earth’s orbit.

    When you consider how rapidly space travel advanced through the Sixties, such optimism would have appeared justified. How were they to know that it would stagnate in low Earth orbit after the moon landings?

    Cornjob:
    If a movie fails the Bechdel test does it not get to graduate?

    No, but it can still try for a G.E.D.

    touches no one’s life, then leaves: Wasn’t the Macbeth stinger longer still? Or not? Or…?

    You’re probably thinking of, “To Be or Not To Be,” being recited over the end credits.

    Lisa H.: Although this makes me wonder how many other not-so-great filmed productions of Shakespeare are out there that could respond well to the MST3K treatment…

    There’s the 1936 production of Romeo and Juliet. It had 34 year old Norma Shearer as Juliet, 43 year old Leslie Howard as Romeo (same age as the actress portraying Lady Montague, make of that what you will), and 54 year old John Barrymore (looking every second of it and then some) as Mercutio. It could rival Ring of Terror in the amount of geriatric riffs used.

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  35. Speedy B.
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    Four years later, and I’m still not a big fan of this episode. Some of the riffs are okay but I really can’t stand the movie itself. “Caliban and Ariel” plays CONSTANTLY in it, for one thing.

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  36. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    Trivia Note

    In the Solarite entry in his “The Encyclopedia of Monsters,” Jeff Rovin (who has also written encyclopedias on Super-Heroes, Super-Villains, and others; they’re all woefully out of date now but IMHO still make for entertaining reading) makes it clear to the reasonably knowledgeable reader that he misheard Herron’s line “Liara is with him” (i.e. Sessom) as “The Aura is with him.” Rovin apparently interpreted this as a proto-use of the concept of “The Force Being with You.” Well, nobody’s perfect. ;-)

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