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Episode guide: The Second Annual Mystery Science Theater 3000 Summer Blockbuster Review

Original air date: Sept. 4, 1998.

Once again I will steal the wikia’s synopsis:

Introduction: Mike and Tom are chilling on the SOL bridge when Crow dashes up: the crew must save the world by informing the citizens of the United States about their obligated summer movie duties. Mike and Tom really aren’t that enthusiastic, but nonetheless join in on the “End of the Summer” theme song. They then riff on clips from “X-Files: Fight the Future” and “Ever After.”
Act One: The crew next checks out footage from “Halloween: H20” (or as Mike calls it, “HalloweenWater”) and “The Truman Show.”
Act Two: The gang proceeds to be very confused by the independent film “Pi,” and then makes fun of “Saving Private Ryan” and its animated rip-off, “Small Soldiers.” Crow then notes that the SOL crew wanted to show clips from a certain film but can’t due to legal reasons. What follows is Crow’s version, Goshzilla, which is arguably better than the real film anyway.
Act Three: Mike and the Bots, for the finale, review clips from “Deep Impact” and “Armageddon.” As the credits roll, Servo notes the small chance that an actual comet will ever hit the Earth, unaware that one is on a direct collision course with the SOL.

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (40 votes, average: 4.50 out of 5)

I added a ratings thingy.

• This is the last special they did for Sci-Fi Channel. Behind the scenes, the relationship with SciFi Channel was falling apart, but there’s very little evidence of it here.
• The set is a little fancier than the last specials, i.e. more red velvet.
• This arrived as Season 9 was coming to an end, a few days after 912- THE SCREAMING SKULL debuted and a couple of weeks before the season finale, 913- QUEST OF THE DELTA KNIGHTS.
• Crow notes that movies based on television shows “is a ridiculous notion.” Ahem.
• It’s amusing that the studio wouldn’t let them use “Godzilla” clips back then, but RiffTrax will soon be riffing the whole thing.
• Last time around I called this show “a little lame.” That seems harsh this time around. I’d upgrade that to “good not great.” Some of the riffing is hilarious, some other riffing is only so-so.
• “We’ll be right back after this Kahlua commercial” was a reference to the endless commercials for the tasty booze product that were running during the show about this time.
• Fave riff: “I can’t have gluten in my underpants.”

NEXT WEEK: We start it all again, starting with the KTMA pilot: The Green Slime.

54 comments to Episode guide: The Second Annual Mystery Science Theater 3000 Summer Blockbuster Review

  • 51
    jaybird3rd says:

    Me, too. I’ve learned some interesting things while reading over the old comments.


  • 52
    Cornjob says:

    Of course, I also like Pi and Rammstein.


  • 53
    JohnnyRyde says:

    I’m glad you’re starting over from the beginning of MST3k. I probably won’t participate until the CC season begins, but I’ll be active then. This episode guide posting always lets me have an excuse to watch an episode I would ordinarily skip by and I’ve rediscovered some classics that way.


  • 54
    bad wolf says:

    Sorry to spam the boards, Sampo, but since you won’t be expanding to cover their recent work, i’ll try hosting a blog this summer to discuss some Film Crew/Rifftrax/Cinematic Titanic shows, in an Episode guide-like format.

    Patrick, Ryan, little winged potatoes, Cheapskate crow, Dr Frankenkeister and anyone else interested please stop by!