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Episode guide: 906- The Space Children (with short: ‘Century 21 Calling’)

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Short: (1962) A couple of clean-cut kids tour the phone company exhibit at the Seattle’s World’s Fair.
Movie: (1958) The children of rocket technicians come under the control of a mind-controlling blob.

First shown: 6/13/98
Opening: Tom has a kissing booth
Intro: Pearl attempts to take over the worked through officing
Host segment 1: Mike’s the kid from the short! Bonk!
Host segment 2: M&tB have a model rocket; but Pearl has a space program
Host segment 3: Crow lashes out with Jackie Coogan fashions
End: The peace loving blob visits; Pearl’s space program has a problem
Stinger: Dead Professor
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (230 votes, average: 4.01 out of 5)

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• There’s much more good news than bad with this one — a short, some funny segments, great riffing, TV sitcom stars galore — that I can forgive the drab little movie at the center of it all, and a foulup by the Brains.
• This episode is not on DVD and, according to Shout, never will be.
• Paul’s observations are here.
• The opening is light and fun. Mike’s delivery of the line “A kissing booth? WHAT FOR?” is hilarious.
• That’s Patrick as “Lacks” the phone guy.
• The officing sketch goes on a little long, but you can tell Mary Jo is into it. She’s written about “officing” experiences in some of her short stories, so she knows whereof she parodies.
• This was the first short of the Sci-Fi era. There was much rejoicing among fans.
• Short producer Jerry Fairbanks made other shorts for Ma Bell, including ‘Once Upon a Honeymoon.’ Fairbanks was nominated for two Oscars and won one.
• Sharon Lawrence was born in 1961, so that is definitely not her in the short. But wow, it sure looks just like her.
• Naughty riff: Singer: “You’re seeing it all…” Crow: “…at the Annie Sprinkle show…”
• I like how Tom leans over to tell us one more thing as Mike carries him out at the end of the short.
• Segment 1 is one of those “here’s a bit that’s not funny” bits. Again, a little wry for my tastes, but any segment where somebody gets hit by that big clown hammer is okay by me.
• It may not be quite as bad as not recognizing the “Battlestar Galactica” spaceships in “Space Mutiny,” but a lot of fans were stunned that the Brains failed to recognize (or at least comment on) Raymond Bailey, who played Milburn Drysdale on TV’s “Beverly Hillbillies.” Were they too busy coming up with bald jokes (there had to have been dozens) to notice?
• Segment 2 is just really, really funny. Mary Jo really channels Trace in this one and it works brilliantly.
• Nerdy reference that was obscure then and is about to enter the general public’s consciousness: Smaug.
• Second reference this season to St. Blaise, patron saint of ailments of the throat.
• Segment 3 is very reminiscent of seasons 2 or 3, and actually it works pretty well.
• Then-current reference: Let’s get in line for Beanie Babies.
• Behind the scenes: Fans, glum after the announcement a few weeks ago that “the back nine” would not be picked up, were cheered up slightly on June 4, about a week before this episode debuted, when it was announced that Sci-Fi Channel had renewed the channel for season 10 (though privately cast and crew members were all saying that it looked like the last one).
• Cast and crew roundup: Producer William Alland also did “Revenge of the Creature,” “The Mole People,” “The Deadly Mantis” and “This Island Earth.” Director Jack Arnold also did “Revenge of the Creature” and “This Island Earth.” Scriptwriter Bernard C. Schoenfeld also worked on “The Magic Sword.” Cinematographer Ernest Laszlo also worked on “Tormented.” Process photography guy Farciot Edouart also did “Village of the Giants,” as did makeup guy Wally Westmore and sound recorder Charles Grenzbach.
In front of the camera, Peggy Webber was also in “The Screaming Skull,” Johnny Crawford was also in “Village of the Giants.” Russell Johnson was also in “This Island Earth. Vera Marshe was also in “Tormented.” Eilene Janssen was also in “Beginning of the End.”
• CreditsWatch: Directed by Kevin. Dan Breyer begins a three-episode stint as both intern and grip (they must have really liked him). Additional music written and performed by Michael J. Nelson.
• Fave riff from the short: “How do animals learn? Well, as long as they learn to taste good…”
• Fave riff from feature: “Hang on. Niels Bohr’s using the toaster.” Honorable mention: “Go find out what he put on his job application under ‘Do you drink a lot?'”

143 Replies to “Episode guide: 906- The Space Children (with short: ‘Century 21 Calling’)”

  1. dafs
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    One of my favorite lines from this one is in the actual movie, when the one guard says the line that sounds like “I’ll go phone the devil…” Their reaction was mine.

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  2. pearliemae
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    This is one I don’t watch very often, but enjoy it when I do. Another “star”…the wife is also the worried wife in “Screaming Skull”. She also was in Orson Welles’ production of “Macbeth”. And, finally, I was at the 1996 ConventioCon and the moment of bong explaining was hysterical. The kids in this one who keep showing up in restricted areas – hey, they’re just acting like Japanese children.

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  3. swh1939
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    I remember thinking at the time that they were probably spefically avoiding doing Beverly Hillbillies jokes in the same way they avoided Brady Bunch jokes for Robert Reed in his recent MST appearance. I was annoyed by the total lack of BH riffs, but I would also have disliked them overdoing it. There is a fine line for when a recurring riff becomes tiresome and I was trying to convince myself that they just didn’t want to go there. Without the Brains’ input in this matter, we’ll never know for certain. Bummer.

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  4. swh1939
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    umm … ignore the word ‘recent’ in my previous post. *sigh*

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  5. Finnias Jones
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    Middling episode saved by one of the few shorts from the SciFi era.

    The cheerfully anachronistic “Century 21 Calling” is a delight, but the feature is another grey William Alland Production (Crow: All “and”, all the time). It’s padded with repetitive scenes of walking, running, and climbing along craggy beachfront. Dullsville, reminiscent of the string of B&W snorers from Season Eight. This preachy cold-war allegory might have worked better as a half-hour “Twilight Zone” episode.

    The perpetually worried-looking Peggy Webber (Crow: I’m just tight and bitter) was far more sympathetic in The Screaming Skull (also 1958), in which she at least had the decency to run around in her underwear and a nightie.

    Looked her up on IMDB: Never watched “Dragnet”, so I don’t recognize her from there, but she has a small role in The Wrong Man, making her the second Hitchcock vet in the Space Kids roster. Adam Williams (the dad) was in North By Northwest as one of the guys who kidnaps Cary Grant, a definite step up from here. The main kid, Michel Ray, is filthy rich now, having married into the Heineken fortune later in life. Here, he reminds me of Johnny from the “Cheating” short, only less guilty and more creepy.

    And while Robert Reed was spared an onslaught of “Brady Bunch” references during Bloodlust (he received only one), here Russell Johnson gets pummeled with “Gilligan” jokes. I think this is due to his relatively short screen-time and the blatant offense of his drunken child abuse (Crow: He’s gonna use his coconut-powered spanking machine on me!). He even gets the stinger all to himself.

    The riffing is adequate, but with few slam-dunks. Host segments are dumb. Why is it a big deal to Pearl to have a rocket when she’s already got a friggin’ satellite orbiting the planet? And she’s travelled through wormholes and visited numerous alien planets in her own vehicle, the Widowmaker? (…I know, I know, I should really just relax.)

    Some pluses:
    • the film and the riffing pick up near the one hour mark, when Dave Brewster loses his ability to speak, the gas truck veers off the road, and two kids eat ice cream bars at the fuel depot.

    • Jackie Coogan’s flamboyant wardrobe (but not the sketch based on it, although I do like Crow’s mid-segment exhortation: “No, no we can’t, Mike. I’m hurting, I’ve got to lash out, and we’re gonna see this thing through ’til the end.”).

    • Numerous snickers and chuckles whenever the movie mentions “launching the Thunderer.”

    • The pulsating, glowing “holy blob” – hypnotic and ultimately, peaceful.

    Special note: The series of “bald” jokes made at Dr. Wahrman’s expense initially struck me as lazy and random, but as they accumulate they get funnier. As a bald man myself (it’s not a lifestyle choice, people), I could be offended, but am not, as it’s really one of the character’s only tangible qualities. Three stars.

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  6. I'm not a medium, I'm a petite
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    Jethro wants to be a rock star. This MIGHT have been my favorite quip if they had actually used it. I have to side with Sampo re Mr. Drysdale. Addams Family riffs: Sufficient; Gilligans Island Riffs: Ample; Beverly Hillbillies riffs: Zippo !? Are they nuts !?

    I ony went three stars on this one. I’ve watched it again recently, twice, and it just doesn’t leave any impression on me. Yes there are some very good riffs ( Frank Lloyd Wright ! ). Host segments were OK I guess. but overall it just sort of lays there. I think the short is much better than the movie.

    lots of trivia though:

    The adult female lead ( Bud & Ken’s Mom ) we know from Screaming Skull.

    Michel Ray ( Bud ) dropped out of acting to become a succesful stockbroker and is married to the woman that owns Heineken, making him one of the wealthiest people in the UK. And he was in Lawrence of Arabia.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel_Ray

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  7. Jerry
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    First episode I ever saw. November 6, 1999. :grin:

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  8. PrivateIron
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    Unless you are talking about a different Sharon Lawrence than the one from Fired Up/cheesy SyFy movies, etc., she was born in 1961 and the short is from 1962.

    The short was special enough to raise this to a 4 for me; otherwise, it might have gotta a three.

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  9. I'm not a medium, I'm a petite
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    ( ACK! FinniJo stole my thunderer )

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  10. Apollonia James (yeah, right)
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    I, too, always crack up at the “Go phone the devil?!” scene, the only thing I ever remember from this movie. The short is more memorable… “Oh great, gifts from Germany: braunschwager(sp?), cars with heaters that don’t work, and identification papers.”

    PUSH BUTTON PHONING!

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  11. Kenneth Morgan
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    I guess the movie’s message is supposed to be uplifting, until you ask yourself, “And what do the aliens want the kids to do next?” And I agree that these kids are pretty much the American equivalent of Japanese “monster children”, only a lot blander.

    As for the short, the World’s Fair actually looks pretty interesting here. And the current Sharon Lawrence must be a clone of the one from AT&T; the resemblance is striking.

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  12. Tork_110
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    I think this movie makes a great compare/contrast with another Cold War MST3k episode, Rocket Attack USA. Basically it’s “When will the MADness end!? Can’t we listen to the children and just get along?” vs “That’s why we GOT TO CRUSH THEM!”

    I agree with Finnias Jones’s take on the bald jokes. “Uncle Baldo” is one of my all-time favorites.

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  13. Thomas K. Dye
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    I tend to think with ALL the Mr. Drysdale riffs in the previous seasons (and there were TONS of them) the fact that they didn’t recognize Raymond Bailey makes me wonder if they actually saw the show. Which may not be entirely terrible, but there you are. Another example of the absence of Frank Conniff.

    The highlight of this episode is Mary Jo’s “Miiike Nelson, line one, Mike Nelson, line one.” She absolutely nails the office receptionist voice with that.

    When I first got to Seattle, I was determined to ride the dangerous, narrow freeway and visit the impressive corn dog stand. I only managed to do the latter. Since I’ve moved here, I’ve been to that corn dog stand at least four times.

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  14. klisch
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    This must be one of them obscure episodes because to be honest with you, I have never heard of this one before until right now. I know I’m a big fan of the show but now I’m questioning myself because of this.

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  15. Dave
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    About “21st Century Calling:” that World’s Fair was a serious deal. There were some big advances on display there, things that would become major parts of modern life and popular science. The Skinner Box, pagers, and, of course, TOUCH TONE DIALING. Seattle’s Space Needle (as you mention) and the monorail. Plus, you gotta dig the Luxe design of it all.

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  16. Roman Martel
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    It was great to have the shorts back in the Sci-fi episodes, and “Century 21 Callling” is a very good one. In my mind, it brings up the score for this episode by one star.

    The movie riffing itself isn’t bad, but it really takes it’s time picking up steam. A lot of that has to do with the movie, which only starts giving really good riffing material in the last quarter or so. As someone else mentioned this feels a lot more like a television episode plot that was stretched into a movie – and it didn’t not survive.

    Anyone else think the space blob looks a bit like a proto-type of a Horta from the original Star Trek series? :)

    I give the short four stars, the movie two stars and it averages out to a three star episode.

    Check out my full review here:
    http://romansreviews.blogspot.com/2010/02/space-children-mst3k-review.html

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  17. Sampo
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    #8 Private Iron: Good catch. Guess it’s definitely not her, but it sure does look like her.

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  18. swh1939
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    I thought the aliens were more along the lines of the brains from Star Trek’s “Gamesters of Triskelion” rather than “Devil in the Dark”, but they are larger here than on Star Trek. It would have been interesting to see those aliens in color.

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  19. Dark Grandma of Death
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    “Thou hast angered Bud!”

    It actually upset me to see the Professor as a drunken, abusive lout of a stepfather. But then, almost all the adults in this film were portrayed as awful people. And Jackie Coogan in those shorts…ick. Makes me long for the balanced adults in any Gamera movie.

    Back in the early ’80s, I worked in an office where we had a new phone system installed. The experience was not unlike that in the opening segment; we had a phone rep running around for days testing the phone lines, plus lots of feedback & lost calls. Good times!

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  20. GizmonicTemp
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    Jerry #7 – You always remember your first time…

    “Deadly Bees” and “Space Kids” just didn’t do a whole lot for me, especially after “Puma Man” and “Werewolf”. However, this is by far the SCARIEST stinger EVER! The way the Prof. just stares at the camera with that weird muted trumpet note. (Shiver!)

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  21. Chris
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    This one is another one I’ll pop on, whilst I go to sleep. I think the short outshines the movie. But, there’s plenty of things in the movie to riff on. But like the people who commented before me, it really takes a while to gain momentum.

    I’m still waiting for my phone to be able to turn on my sprinkler system.

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  22. RPG
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    “Yeah, how do you like it when the lawn piddles on you?”

    I’d like to point out that this World’s Fair was also the basis for the Elivs movie “It Happened at the World’s Fair”, which also features a 12-year old Kurt Russell. You can recognize some of the landmarks from the short in this movie.

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  23. rcfagnan
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    I had just got my first job in HS when this aired, so I had to timer record it. On my way home to watch it, I also got my first ticket (for not having headlights on!) As such this will always be a memorable episode for me. Segment 1 is just a reiteration of an earlier CC host segment wherein Mike decided he was “The Fonz.” LOVED host segment 3. “FASHION MEANS COOGAN!” And the guy was going to phone the DEPOT not DEVIL (although it sure sounds like devil). My favorite riff is the same as Sampo’s: “How do animals learn? Well as long as they learn to taste good, I really don’t care!” Too true. Try saying it to any vegetarians you know. They’ll just LOVE you for it.

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  24. creepygirl
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    I just watched this one this morning for the first time in about six years. I found the movie slow and static back in the day and stayed away. Over the last few months it has been nice to revisit seasons 8 & 9 because absence does make this heart grow fonder. I truly forgot everything about this movie except kids, Jackie Coogan, and the BLOB. I found my recent viewing very enjoyable and liked the movie and the riffing VERY MUCH! The short is great and the german/Nazi riffs get me every time. Still not a fave episode for me, but not bad. I give this one 3 stars.

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  25. Brainchild
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    I actually only saw this episode for the first time just a couple of days ago, one of the few episodes of this show that I have never watched. While the short is brilliant (and between this and A Case of Spring Fever, it makes you wish they had done more shorts in the Sci-Fi era), this movie was one depressing mamajama. You’ve got discontented housewives, abusive alcoholics, fat men in disturbing shorts, and that’s even before the anti-nuke, mind-controlling blancmange shows up in the cave. It’s actually a bit of a shame that this film is so boring and talky, because it’s suprisingly pacifist for a alien film in the 50s. Still, it’s kind of hard to take The Allmighty Bud seriously as the harbinger of lumpy alien doom.

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  26. Fart Bargo
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    It seems I am in the minority but I have this one in my top ten. The hosts segments were action packed, lewd and tasteless so I enjoyed them very much. Great short to riff and I enjoy the preachy, nuclear threat sci-fi’s of the 50/60s. I guess I like this one so much is due to the numerous famailiar faces that Sampo has outlined. Mr Drysdale, Professor, Uncle Fester all beloved TV characters.

    The riffing was consistantly very good and Crows naughty Coogan fashion show was out there but Crows closing rant was priceless. I give it a 4.

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  27. Ang
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    This one is like Radar Secret Service to me. I’ve seen it several times but can’t remember a thing from it.

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  28. Mela
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    This one is one I’ve enjoyed. The short’s pretty funny, and while it starts out slow, the riffs for the movie are pretty good. The only host segments that really worked for me were the opening one with the phones (mostly because of Mary Jo’s snotty receptionist voice) and the Jackie Coogan fashion show (like someone said, it felt like a throwback to earlier sketches). I think it’s another one that suffers by being front-loaded with a funnier short.

    Fave riff: (When the two kids are eating popsicles) “Mine’s liver!” “Mine’s horseradish!”

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  29. Cabbage Patch Elvis
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    I remember Uncle Festor in barely-there shorts, two shades of gray, and non-stop theremin. Is this the right movie?

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  30. norgavue
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    I like how there is just so many people in this movie and they all seem to be from some tv show or other movie. Coogan is a bit odd in this movie and the shorts are just so bad. The kids in this movie are weird, and that one who is just too old seems out of place. The movie itself for these reasons and more is the perfect movie for the show but will put you to sleep either way. The short on the other hand is golden. I love all the seatle bits placed in and PUSH BUTTON PHONING. They sure as hell make phones seem way more interesting than they really are. Favorite riff “Someday you will ache like I ache” – Crow doing a richard cheese eske version of a hole song during the music at the end of the short. Servo “but you can’t escape death” comes in a close second.

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  31. maclen
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    Yeah, clearly Mr. Drysdale riffs from Beverly Hills were Trace’s area. It was in more than one episode…for actors who simply looked like Bailey. Bummer that Trace couldnt actually use it for the true Mr Drysdale! It was always funny whenever I heard it!

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  32. mikek
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    5 stars, despite the kind of lame phone sketch. Although, I like to think of it as a demonstration of the theme song’s line, “You should really just relax.” It makes no sense for Pearl to set up a phone system like that when she already has perfect visual and audio communication with the SOL. It like the sketch is saying, “See, if one did this with real world technology, it would suck.”

    Host segment 1 is reminiscent of the time Mike dressed as The Fonz and got blow up by a cannon. (This one makes to two short related sketches, after the opening. Is this the second most after the episode spanning “cheating” story line?”

    Host segment 2 is some good, old fashioned mad scientist work. I think it works well.

    Host segment 3 is my favorite. This a nice, demented Crow of the Sci-Fi era. I wonder if was at all weird to have to draw Jackie Coogan in upsetting underthings?

    The final segment is okay. I do like that it references Servo’s adventures in space after Season 7. “It’s more of a neutron device.”

    The short: I like the irony of the new phone technology. For example, they show the punch card auto-dialing system and right after that the touch tone dialing system. The latter, of course, makes the former obsolete before it even gets off the ground.

    The movie: Dry, gray, and yet so full of riffing material that it makes up for being another gray 1950s atomic bomb movie. Perhaps it does help that the children are the main characters in the movie. I think it would be a lot duller if it were just a bunch of scientists and army guys talking in a lab.

    So, Mr. Drysdale was in this movie? I didn’t notice, and maybe the Brains didn’t either? He does have more hair on The Beverly Hillbillies.

    Now, what was going on with Russell Johnson’s character? The movie establishes that these engineers and scientists were moved there by their respective defense contractors. We are to assume that they have certain necessary skills and are there for a good reason. So, why the hell was the Professor’s character such a loser? Why did his company send him there in the first place?

    About Jackie Coogan, what the hell happened. I’ve seen him that Charlie Chaplin movie. How the hell did a cute little kid like that turn into the bald, lumpy, tiny shorts and womany robe wearing man we see in The Space Children?

    Favorite riff: “Sessions presents! Bald Gold!”

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  33. GonzoRedux
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    At this point I was really itching for them to get out of Castle Forrester. I remember hoping the rocket catastrophe at the end would segue into another setting, but alas…

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  34. AlbuquerqueTurkey
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    I love the short! The other day, I saw a TV ad for an iPhone app. The dumb husband asks his wife at airport, “Honey, do you remember if I turned out the lights befroe we left?” The ever-enterprising wife pulls out her iPhone, finds the app for “Turn Out Lights,” and says to her hubby, “There dear, I just did it!” It reminded me of one of the riffs in the short, about turning the oven off using the phone: “Yeah, if you were stupid enough to leave it on!” Oh, the wonders of technology!!

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  35. Raptorial Talon
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    Underrated episode in my opinion. Admittedly, remembering much from the mass of gray can be diffcult, but after repeated viewings over the years, I have to say that people don’t seem to give this one the credit it deserves. Spectacular? No, but quite good.

    The short, obviously, is excellent. But the main portion isn’t bad either. They really wring a lot of diverse material out of what amounts to someone’s depressing Cold War home movies. The only host segment that falls flat for me is the wrecking ball one, which would be fine as an element of something else but needs some extra zing to really bring it home.

    At the other extreme, I love saying “Fashion means Coogan!” around friends just to dredge up their unpleasant memories. I’m not too affected – that bit is such superbly unstable Crow.

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  36. Johnny Ryde
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    @mikek #32 re: Jackie Coogan:

    There’s a great anecdote about Jackie Coogan which I can’t find on the web anywhere at the moment. In any case, when Chaplin was awarded his honorary Oscar in 1972 (and was therefore back in the US for the first time in decades) a writer went up to Chaplin after the ceremony and asked how it was to see Jackie Coogan again after so many years. According to this anecdote instead of saying something along the lines of “Oh, it’s nice to see he’s still acting and he’s still a great guy”, Chaplin instead suddenly gets a horrorfied look on his face and spits, “Jackie Coogan has become fat… and OLD!”

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  37. Johnny Ryde
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    (That should be “horrified”, of course… But I kind of like the look of “horrorfied”…)

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  38. Mike in Portland
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    Absolutely shocking. Nine years of “Heh, heh, Jethro wants to be a rock star” every time someone appears who looks even VAGUELY like Raymond Bailey – then when Bailey actually shows up, nothing.

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  39. mikek
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    Mike in Portland says:
    February 25, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Absolutely shocking. Nine years of “Heh, heh, Jethro wants to be a rock star” every time someone appears who looks even VAGUELY like Raymond Bailey – then when Bailey actually shows up, nothing.

    I really don’t thinks he’s all that recognizable in this movie. If they did notice, they may have intentionally left it alone, especially in light of Servo’s “JEEEEEEEEED” thing from Leech Woman.

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  40. swh1939
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    #32 – mikek says: So, Mr. Drysdale was in this movie? I didn’t notice, and maybe the Brains didn’t either? He does have more hair on The Beverly Hillbillies.

    Yes, Raymond Bailey wore a toupee during the entire run of The Beverly Hillbillies, but he didn’t wear it in this film. He went back and forth freely. He did two Twilight Zone episodes; one with and one without his toupee.

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  41. trickymutha
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    I got called out on this one on IMDb. A few years ago I commented that it was a below average movie with TV actors that needed MST treatment and some guy smacked me down and the whole MSTie concept in general. Apparently, he felt “Space Children” was better than Citizen Kane. Some other kind person chimed in and provded a buffer zone, but he also indicated he felt the brains riffing SC was out of bounds.

    The movie in coherent, I’ll give it that. Pacing, silly lines and the general premise remind me a lot of early Season 8. Five stars.

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  42. ck
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    Perhaps the (highlight?) of the Short was seeing
    the curiously asexual dominatrix boss around her
    gay boy friend. But more importantly, do you think
    those newfangles touch tone phones ever catch on?
    I mean, what would secretaries ever do with their
    pencils?
    What do you think, sirs?

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  43. MonkeyPatrol:InColor
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    Just saw this for the first time last week and I loved it. The short is the only rough spot for me–while it’s fun to see how outdated everything is in the future, the riffing is slow and sparse. The riffing in the movie, however, movie is generally excellent, especially during the scenes with the ball-breaking wife and the large group of weirdo kids running around.

    Also, did anyone ever consider that they simply couldn’t come up with any decent Mr. Drysdale-related material? Comedy writing is hard. Get over it.

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  44. Finnias Jones
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    mikek @ #32: Now, what was going on with Russell Johnson’s character?…

    In the scene where RJ’s character is introduced the following exchange takes place:

    Coogan’s wife: Did you get that job, Joe?
    RJ: No, I flunked the test. (Crow: Puked on the Blue Book)
    RJ: Peg will have to keep on bringing in the bankroll.
    Peg: Please, Joe. (Mike: I’m done with roller derby)

    This means that Mrs. Gamble is the one employed by the Thunderer Project.

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  45. Emily
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    “What a BEAUTIFUL complex carbohydrate!”

    Whoever said that they give the movie a 2, and the short a 4, to average 3 … I completely agree, and can’t say much else about the feature. It never holds my attention through to the end. Some YouTube commenter *shudder* mentioned that the mother in Space Children also looks like a young Annie Lennox, especially in her first scene, and I’m inclined to agree.

    I do love the kissing booth segment, though. Not sure why, it just warms my heart.

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  46. AlbuquerqueTurkey
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    @41 trickymutha – Almost any movie is game for riffing. Just never do it in the theater in the movie’s first run. Citizen Kane is a great movie, but it is also very riffable, in part because it is such a classic that its themes are used in so many later movies. Space Children’s best feature is all the TV stars, which makes for endless riffing possibilities. Your IMDB pal needs to lighten up, and try it at home – it’s fun!

    BTW – At the end of Avatar, when they zoom in on the face of Blue Guy Hero as his Human Guy “essence” is transferred over, it took all the self-control I had not to blurt out “and his eyes open…”, a la Space Mutiny. My daughter confirmed she would have burst out laughing had I done that, likely causing much more lingering depression amongst the Avatarees around us.

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  47. KSK
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    The chase between the drunken Professor and his stepson kills me every time.

    “A three-day binge!”

    “MOSES… Sorry, wrong guy.”

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  48. mikek
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    February 25, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    mikek @ #32: Now, what was going on with Russell Johnson’s character?…

    In the scene where RJ’s character is introduced the following exchange takes place:

    Coogan’s wife: Did you get that job, Joe?
    RJ: No, I flunked the test. (Crow: Puked on the Blue Book)
    RJ: Peg will have to keep on bringing in the bankroll.
    Peg: Please, Joe. (Mike: I’m done with roller derby)

    This means that Mrs. Gamble is the one employed by the Thunderer Project.

    What? Does the super secret missile project need a great secretary? :lol:

    Anyway, considering when the movie was made, I find that hard to believe, even though it does make sense.

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  49. Cabbage Patch Elvis
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    Is it just me, or is “Thunderer” an odd-sounding word?

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  50. david
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    Crap, I forgot this film.

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