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Episode guide: 303- Pod People

Movie: (1984) When some alien eggs hatch, it spells trouble for a pair of poachers, a vacationing singer and his entourage and an isolated family.

First shown: 6/15/91
Opening: J&tB are having an arts chautauqua
Invention exchange: After a brief scene from “An Officer and a Gentlemen,” Joel demonstrates his monster chord; while the Mads have invented a public domain karaoke machine
Host segment 1: J&tB record “Idiot Control Now” and it stinks!
Host segment 2: J&tB present New Age music from Some Guys in Space
Host segment 3: “You are magic, aren’t you, Trumpy?”
End: J&tB sing, “A Clown in the Sky”
Stinger: “It stinks!”
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (203 votes, average: 4.64 out of 5)


• People adore this episode. In the ACEG it’s described as a “fan favorite.” But I gotta say this is number-one in my list of “sleeping pill” episodes. Don’t get me wrong: the riffing is great and the host segments are ALL winners (which is a rarity). But the movie just puts me to sleep. Maybe it’s all the fog and new agey music. I did make it through this viewing without dozing off, but I was getting pretty drowsy by the end.
• This movie was originally released in Spain as “Los Nuevos Extraterrestres.” For the American video release it was called “The Unearthling,” but you might also have seen it titled “Extra-Terrestrial Visitors,” “Tales Of Trumpy” or “The Return Of E.T.”
• This episode was included in Rhino’s “The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 2.”
• Kevin croaks out the word “merchant” in the opening bit–they keep going.
• The blowed-up bots are the handywork of newly arrived Toolmaster Jef.
• Dr. F mentions the once-trendy clothing retail chain Chess King. They would be gone in four years.
• Frank addresses Jerry the Mole Person but we never see him.
• Despite the fact that the bots have just been badly blowed up, the regular bots walk into the theater a moment later. Joel covers by mumbling “Good thing we got those re-…um…those new heads on…”
• FVI used clips from a movie called “Galaxy Invader” for the titles. That movie would later be riffed by RiffTrax.
• The last time we had an episode with two songs was 202- THE SIDE HACKERS. We wouldn’t get another one until episode 521- SANTA CLAUS.
• Callback: “Puma? Puma!” (Ring of Terror)
• That’s makeup lady (and occasional writer) Faye Berkholder as the recording studio assistant in Deep 13, her one and only appearance on the show. A lot of people thought it was Bridget for a long time.
• Kevin sort of coughs/clears his throat at one point in the theater. They keep going.
• During the wall of keyboards sketch, Crow has a bit of sammich on his beak. Another nice touch from Jef. Also–Why is Joel staring down at the floor while he’s talking? Is he reading his lines?
• A lot of people had no idea about the origin of that voice Crow does when he does Trumpy. “He’s like a poh-tay-toe!” He’s doing a vague impression of The Elephant Man from the movie of the same name.
• Also, a lot people had no idea who McCloud was. Dennis Weaver, we hardly knew ye.
• That said, they ran the “Chief? McCloud!” bit right into the ground. A running gag is one thing, but sheesh.
• Vaguely dirty riff: “That trunk could come in handy for hard to reach places!”
• Goof: When Joel says “Trumpy, you can do STUPID things!” in the theater, he’s referencing a line by the little kid, Tommy, who says: “Trumpy, you can do magic things!” Unfortunately Joel does that riff about 10 minutes BEFORE the Tommy says the original line. Another example of what happens when you watch a movie five or six times in a week. You can lose track of when stuff happens.
• The house in this movie is MUCH bigger on the inside than it looks like on the outside. It appears to have three or four guest bedrooms and endless hallways (and a door to the outside in the bathroom off one of the bedrooms, though which evil Trumpy escapes after killing the girl in the shower). Is it a TARDIS house?
• Cast and crew roundup: The only person credited for this movie that has a credit in any other MSTed movie is, once again, scoremeister Karl Michael Demer, who was Film Ventures International’s go-to credits music guy.
• CreditsWatch: Unbelievable: After two episodes where it didn’t appear, “Special Guest Villians” (misspelled) returns. Starting with this episode and continuing through most of the season: “Host Segments Directed by Jim Mallon.” And an important first in this episode: “Toolmaster: Jef Maynard.” Mike and Kevin get the credit for “A Clown in the Sky.” Trace gets a solo Art Direction credit (no Joel, for the only time during his tenure at the show). A new credit appears: “Post Production Coordination.” It’s Alex (already listed as “Production Manager”) and Jann (already listed as “Production Coordinator”). Sheesh. Another new credit: “Prop Assistant.” This week it’s one Barb Oswald, who will get the gig in two more eps this season.
• Fave riff: “Hi! We’re the cast from ‘Straw Dogs’.” Honorable mention: “Hear that? Sounds like Norm Abrams being killed by a giant chicken.”

230 comments to Episode guide: 303- Pod People

  • 1
    Dan in WI says:

    Let me start off by summarizing this episode in two words. (gives the okay sign) It stinks.

    FVI switcheroo credits strike again. I recognize these credits though. It is from the “Galaxy Invader.” I’ve seen that film too hosted by Green Bay late night horror host Ned the Dead. The bots could have had just as much fun with Galaxy Invader as they did Pod People.

    As Sampo points out in his old and new comments I never knew who McCloud was. But that never stopped the Chief McCloud catchphrase from being an all time favorite amongst my circle of friends. I love this experiment.

    Joel opens up observing that “they are on” much like asteroid comments in 301. This time they aren’t opening a season though.

    I love the way Frank has his finger on the pulse of youth trends. “loud music, hula hoops, fax machines and karaoke.” That describes my youth to a T. But if I can be serious for a moment, is their public domain karaoke machine some sort of venting against obtaining movie rights? But it’s not like they’ve had any battles with Sandy Frank…yet.

    I love Joel’s lyrics to “Idiot Control Now.”

    The Mad’s reaction to the Trumpy can do magic host segment is just priceless.

    Favorite Riffs:
    Camera pans toward the Trumpy crash site which looks a bit like a cave. Joel “Looks like Yoda is home.”

    Joel as Tommy “Hey what gives, I’m on the milk carton”

    Crow as Molly after the first death “Come on, your breakfast is getting cold and she’s not getting any warmer.”

    Joel “Lot of carbon scoring on my droid.”

    Tom “He stepped in some Trumpy dumpy.”

    Tommy “I’m over here Mommy.” Crow “Talking to Billy Barty.”


  • 2
    heretic23 says:

    I’ve seen The Galaxy Invader, so I was sort of confused when I watched Pod People. This must be the same guys who did the Cave Dwellers opening!

    Pod People is a perfect example of a movie written by committee. A committee armed with ET box office totals.


  • 3
    Sitting Duck says:

    The movie can’t seem to figure out if it wants to be a slasher film or a feel-good E.T. rip-off. So it decides to be both. Alas, the combination proves to be a far cry from chocolate and peanut butter or Final Fantasy and Disney cartoons.


  • 4
    Graboidz says:

    As a fan of 80’s horror in general, I would almost be tempted to watch this flick un-riffed?!? This ep gets five stars for simply putting Frank in the “Virgin” T-shirt! That is one of the only times I’ve laughed harder at a host segment than at anything said in the theater.


  • 5
    Graboidz says:

    Sitting Duck – Final Fantasy and Disney mixed pretty well in “Kingdom Hearts”….just sayin’


  • 6

    This was one of the first episodes I ever watched. my dad bought the episode on tape, and he hated it so much, he let me keep it. At this point, my vhs collection was limited to this movie, Mars Attacks, and a couple others. So, I watched this episode every time I got the chance. I have the episode on dvd now, but Every now and then I pop in the vhs, for nostalgia purposes. It’s one of those episodes where almost every line brings back memories of my youth ( wasted on watching tv and movies). For that reason, I have to love this episode.


  • 7
    Larry says:

    5 out of 5. My first Joel episode, which I bought on Rhino VHS back in ’97 after a bit of an MST3K drought (we ended the cable package that included Sci-Fi – NOT by my choice). I hadn’t seen a ‘fresh’ episode since the summer, I was jonesing bad, and Pod People did not disappoint. LOVE this episode, and it’s held up just fine for me over the years. Chief/McCloud is still a recurring joke between my brother and me.

    As for it being my first Joel episode, it was kinda mind-blowing. I had seen Dr. F and heard Crow’s first voice through MST3K: TM (which I snagged off of Starz or some premium movie channel during a free preview weekend), but Joel and Frank were eye-opening for someone that had almost entirely known MST3K by the Sci-Fi era alone.

    So, yeah, this one holds a special place in my heart. Luckily, it’s a riot, too.


  • 8
    bad wolf says:

    It’s both a sleeping pill AND a top episode. I can pay attention to the riffs and laugh my butt off or just leave it on and let the Wyndham Hill soundtrack lull me to sleep.

    I always wondered about Faye there. What kind of show has such attractive women working backstage and never works them into more sketches? Seriously, five ostensibly male characters, with one semi-female robot making infrequent appearances, voiced by a man.


  • 9
    JoshWay says:

    My wife always wants to watch this episode because she remembers the crazy Trumpy scene, but she forgets what a long trudge the rest of the movie is. This was a favorite of mine after it first aired, but I really have trouble staying with it when I revisit it. Great riffing, though.


  • 10
    Tork_110 says:

    Overrated! Actually, Sampo sums up my thoughts on the episode. It’s good, yet I just can’t get into it. The songs are both classics at least.

    IMDB says that the movie was originally a horror film, but then the producers insisted they throw in an E.T. element.

    The scene that stood out to me was the one where the surviving girl (the girlfriend of the singer?) is having a moment with the mom. They start talking about guys and the girl goes off about “Guys are only interested in THIS and THESE!” I may have the details wrong, but I’m sure this scene happened after the bodies were starting to pile up. Couldn’t her faux-feminism wait until the aliens were gone!?

    I bet Aram Fingal has nightmares about Trumpy.


  • 11
    Joseph Nebus says:

    This was one of my first exposures to MST3K, through the syndicated hour. Unfortunately I could only watch the syndicated hour when I was home from grad school, and I wouldn’t be there successive weekends, so I only had the first half of this, Santa Claus Conquers The Martians, and some other episode I can’t name right now. When I finally got Comedy Central, my first attempt to watch an episode ended with the videotape stopping halfway through (I think there was a power blip). I felt somewhat conspired against regarding the second halves of episodes.


  • 12
    GizmonicTemp says:

    There’s been talk of “Galaxy Invader”, and not to take away from “Pod People”, but Galaxy Invader is one of those movies that is INSULTINGLY bad. The amount of red-neckery makes “Giant Spider Invasion” invasion look like a Jane Austen movie.

    “Pod People” was one of the first shows I saw and has a very important “I know this show is for me” moment when Crow mentions that Tommy’s room looks like a Peter Gabriel video. I’m currently trying to score some Gabriel tickets when he comes to the Starlight Theater. Yes


  • 13
    ck says:

    Let’s put on the soundtrack and drift away on New Age
    music as WKRP disc jockey Venus Flytrap takes his
    children on a trip to the stars…(forget the actual intro).


  • 14
    GizmonicTemp says:

    Joseph Nebus #12 – I know EXACLTY what you mean. “Manos” was the same way for me. The second half eluded me for YEARS until the DVD was available. I popped it in, and when the show DIDN’T end while they were searching for Debbie, my heart lept! It was WELL worth the wait!


  • 15
    Loran Alan Davis says:

    Good episode, but all that stage fog…AARRGGHH!!


  • 16
    GizmonicTemp says:

    Tork_110 #10 – Sorry to hog the thread, but that scene always bothered me too. The girl you’re thinking of is the man-eater Tracy. Yes, it was typical campy horror/monster movie fare to have that kind of heart-to-heart amidst carnage, but Tracy seems to disapprove of men coveting her Toobular Boobulars, yet she’s constantly in heat looking for “a ranger or a bear to sleep with”! Hahahaha!


  • 17

    Evil Trumpy killing people in there sleep: okay. Evil Trumpy killing people any other time: incredibly stupid. Nothing against little creatures trying to kill people, but need to threating, have weopans, or use tactics to overcome the major size diff. Evil Trumpy seems to lack Good Trumpy’s magic and just has the power of always fatal push. It just bugs me.


  • 18
    toot-tootoot-toot says:

    I find the comments on this ep being overrated rather overrated. This has always been one of my all-time favorites and is just as fresh and hilarious for me now as it was the first time I watched it. 5/5 for sure!


  • 19
    klisch says:

    Really well done episode. I liked how they needed more rooms to put all the dead bodies in. The crazy wacked out segment where Tom is dressed as Trumpy and the entire SOL goes haywire while that carnival music is being played is one of my favorite segments. Funny stuff. And Sampo saying this is his #1 sleeping pill episode. To each his own I guess. Four stars from me.


  • 20
    Emily says:

    #16 You just reminded me of one of my favorite riffs in the movie. When she says “I’ll just have to find a ranger or a bear to sleep with,” you can just hear Tom going, “What are you SAYING?” in a quietly horrified voice. Not the most laugh-out-loud moment, perhaps, but I always find it so entertaining in its subtlety.


  • 21
    touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    Like Cave Dwellers, this was one of the first episodes available for purchase, possibly contributing to its popularity.

    #16: looking for “a ranger or a bear

    A rare?

    IMDB’s description of Galaxy Invader: “An alien is hunted by a gang of drunken hillbillies who saw him crash-land his spaceship.” So, pretty much the EXACT OPPOSITE of Pod People, then.


  • 22
    Thomas K. Dye says:

    During the actual “Hear the Engines Roll Now” song, it really DOES sound like the curly-headed guy is singing “Flying over trout.” I’ve listened to that several times and can’t figure out what it’s supposed to be. I love Tom’s confused reaction to that, too, as well as to “wind in my eyes.” Really? “Wind in my eyes?”

    “Idiot Control Now” is one of those skits, like “rushing the Halloween season” from “Track of the Moon Beast”, that basically recreates the movie scene closely to point out how unbelievably lame it is. I love those; it’s like nothing more needs to be done other than some slight dialogue changes and it’s hilarious.

    And seriously… why would this kid who has JUST HATCHED the damn monster assume it would know who its mother was and where it came from? What the hell’s that about?

    And it seems like J&tB never figure out there are two Trumpys. They always act like the little kid’s Trumpy is the same as the one that’s gone on the murder spree, even at the end when we SEE the two aliens together. That always kind of annoys me when they riff on a mistaken premise so heavily.


  • 23
    Johnny Ryde says:

    This was probably the first Joel episode I ever saw… certainly the first Joel I had on VHS. This — along with This Island Earth — I watched repeatedly for a while in the 90s for lack of any other episodes. As a result, I try not to watch it too often any more, just because I have so much of the thing memorized.

    “They parked next to a data-stream.”

    I could never tell if the Brains missed that there were two Trumpies at the end (a good and an evil Trumpy), or if they deliberately misunderstood for comedic purposes.

    I usually lose track of the characters once they start getting killed off, but two nights ago I actually managed to keep them straight in my head. The only people who survive are Tommy, Tommy’s mother, the singer “it stinks!” guy and the singer’s girlfriend. I don’t know how many viewings it took before I realized that the other young male character gets killed off when him and the old guy find the bodies in the cabin…


  • 24
    Johnny Ryde says:

    Oh, and I think they missed an opportunity to bring back Faye Berkholder’s character in later episodes. It would have been a hoot to have this random mod lady standing in the background snapping her fingers during invention exchanges. (I’m only half joking on this.)

    Another thing… Despite watching this episode dozens of times, it was only about a year or so ago that I noticed that during the scene where they’re sitting around the camp-fire, the girl who isn’t in the band casually flips the bird to the girl sitting next to her. And no censoring by Comedy Central. ;>

    And something else that bugged me during my most recent viewing. The scene mentioned above where the one woman talks about how men are intimidated by her intelligence… What has she said or done that indicates she has any intelligence to intimidate anyone? I mean, I know the movie tries to have its tropes (roguish singer, the stand-up friend, the put-upon girlfriend, etc)… but virtually any line of dialog from any of the “teen” characters could be put in the mouth of any other teen character without being changed what-so-ever. I mean, I know the girl not in the band is supposed to be the dumb one… but what does she say or do that makes her dumber than the “smart” girl?

    Oh, and my favorite movie moment from my most recent viewing was that silliness near the beginning where the put-upon girlfriend says about her male friend “Why couldn’t I have fallen in love with him?” At which point the male immediately does a silly snapping of his fingers. I don’t know why, but it really cracked me up.

    “Yeah, it goes in my ear.”


  • 25
    PrivateIron says:

    I don’t always like the “adult” riffts, but I love: Hey, leave the kid’s animals alone! (Apologies if that is not verbatim.)


  • 26
    JimmyBruce says:

    Well done overall episode. Everything clicked. Movie was watchable, riffs were fantastic, charactors were easy to make fun of, and the host segments were top notch. A very foggy movie though.


  • 27
    Fred Burroughs says:

    @Giztemp: Jane Austen– bravo, sir. or madam.

    Never could nail down what kind of Foreign-ness this movie is infected with. (until much internet research, which robbed me of MORE of my life). great episode though, they were firing on all cylinders, esp. helping us track through all the silly subplots (“What movie are we in, A B, or C, Oh , yes D for dumb…” ) I used to watch McCloud, but even I didn’t get exactly why they were shouting “Chief? McCloud!” every 2 minutes. I did enjoy the ” ‘Night, John-Boy” references though.

    The plot, though dragging throughout, is kind of fascinating: all the characters are reprehensible. The greedy slimy Poachers start to get killed when the arrogant and mean Rock Stars show up with their slutty moody Girlfriends, to the house with the mean ugly old Man and the dumb-as-a-post cute Kid. Alien buddy Trumpy, of course, kills at will — or is it his doppelganger? None of it is explained, and who survives the carnage? Mr no-talent RockStar, the most hateful of them all, shooting his shotgun at random in the house and the forest. Good thing there’s plenty of fog to cover up the stupidity.

    Fave: Tommy can you hear me? “Can you feel me near you?”
    I think they did Pinball Wizard jokes in other movies, but it must have been hard to restrain themselves from making more “Tommy” references.


  • 28
    Admiral Kent says:

    For me, one of the funniest riffs in this episode is when the girl is attacked in the bathroom and her body is thrown against the glass door…causing Joel to simply intone “whoops” as though she tripped and face planted. It’s such a simple, understated riff, but cracks me up every time.


  • 29
    dsman71 says:

    One of a few ET rip-offs…I found out that this was the Unearthling from John Stanley’s Creature Feature movie guide..
    This is a great episode…although the film can put you to sleep ( I totally agree with Sampo)
    I was so glad this was an easy to get title on DVD because it is a highly popular episode.and Trumpy can do magic things !
    I love the Trumpy Dumpy line..
    Joel’s Hair update – this episode he trimmed his hair on the sides and back..letting the bangs get longer where it would grow out until Daddy-O
    Joel’s Hiar
    Joel’s Knees
    Trumpy Dumpy
    Back for more therapy !! Smile


  • 30

    Very possibly the first episode I saw, back when they were syndicated and showing in the middle of the night on local stations. So I love this one unusually. Looking at the previous comments, I see I’m not alone.


  • 31
    Johnny Ryde says:

    Oh, and I always wondered if Crow’s “Movie D… for Dumb” line is a reference to the Robots of Death episode of Doctor Who…

    For me, one of the funniest riffs in this episode is when the girl is attacked in the bathroom and her body is thrown against the glass door…causing Joel to simply intone “whoops” as though she tripped and face planted. It’s such a simple, understated riff, but cracks me up every time.

    Ah, I always saw it a little differently. While her shadow races across the door, the old man has is gun raised as through to smash through the door using the back of the gun. The placement of the butt of the gun and her head makes it look like he accidentally hit her in the head with it.

    At least, that’s how I saw it… Your explanation works too. Funny moment regardless…


  • 32
    Tom Carberry says:

    It Stinks!

    I think this sums up the quality of movies BBI has riffed over the years, and “Pod People” is no exception. For some reason I always managed to miss this one during its broadcast rotation. I finally saw it on a Saturday afternoon (while taping it). It has remained a favorite since. Favorite Lines:

    He’s stepped into some Trumpy Dumpy.
    What is he, an LA cop?
    I believed it when Alf went on a killing spree…
    Don’t start with me Martha (with Crow’s best Burton voice imitation)
    I like you Tommy, I kill you last (with Crow’s best Arnold S. voice)
    Geesh Tracy, stay away from the kid’s animals.
    Your breakfast is getting cold, and she’s not getting any warmer.
    I think they are going to have to put on an addition to stack up the bodies.
    I know what your thinking Tommy…Did Mom fire six shots or only five?
    Molly was a LRRP in ‘Nam and can track…

    Noteworthy was their observation that the “singer” looked like Greg Louganis (or Greg Brady of The Brady Bunch) and his friend looked like Andy Travis of WKRP–I think it was the hair and the tight pants.


  • 33

    Just watched it again recently. Just an okay ep for my money. 2 1/2 stars.


  • 34
    Mr. B(ob) says:

    One of the best, funniest episodes ever! An absolutely amazing and hilarious show from beginning to end. Between the jokes about Renaissance Festivals, the recreation of the pop group’s recording session and the unrelentingly hilarious riffs about the music, the behavior of the characters and the appearance of the monsters, it’s hard to get your breath. The host segments and the movie riffing are some of the best in an entire episode in the show’s history and the movie is mesmerizing in its silliness.

    A few favorite riffs and jokes:
    – Now hold it down till you get a recording contract from Windham Hill. (making fun of the simplistic electronic music)
    – Gypsy being the “late” backup singer in the recording session sketch, waaay later than the character in the film.
    – Bees on pie, burning rubber tires. (from the MST3K version of the song in the movie)
    – It stinks!
    – They’re getting pretty good at this. (about the characters stacking up the corpses)
    – Little winged potato. (for Trumpy as if he thinks all of Tommy’s pets are food)
    – Let me get the attachments, you can do the couch.
    – The tons of hilarious musical numbers by the cast in this one. Besides the two lengthy songs, there’s the Mads’ karaoke in the beginning and the parody of new age music sketch, as well as the “Trumpy you can do magic things!” sketch being set to the music from the film.
    – plus several lines already mentioned in the main topic posting at top.

    One question I’ve always had is about the Sprite soda product placement in the film. There’s a small sign on a wooden wall or barn door or something in the film that has the green Sprite logo on it. It’s isolated on this large area of wood with nothing else like it around, it’s not near a vending machine or restaurant or anything that supplies a premise for it being where it is in the film. It always seems odd and out of place every time I see it.

    I don’t know how anyone can call this episode overrated, they don’t get any funnier than this and isn’t that the point of a comedy show?

    This is one of those episodes I’ve used to hook more than one new or casual fan to the show and turn them more into a full-fledged MSTie. And it works every time. If it was a “snoozefest”, I wouldn’t use it and it wouldn’t work. Yes, there are parts of the movie that are slow, but not to the point of distraction. I’ve never recommended this to anyone and had them complain about it being hard to watch or putting them to sleep like so many people do about, say, Manos.


  • 35
    Edge says:

    A triumph of the human spirit! If this is not a 5 star episode, nothing is.

    “Smucker’s brand peroxide…”


  • 36
    NoTrafficAccidents says:

    Favorite moment (outside of Idiot Control Now and Clown in the Sky):

    Tom: Joel, what are boobs?
    Joel: You know, like Jethro Bodine.
    Tom: Ohhhhh….


  • 37
    MSTie says:

    I think this is one of the stupidest, funniest eps ever. I wouldn’t want to watch it every week but I love seeing it once a year or so.

    @12 — totally agree with you about the Peter Gabriel music video reference. I think I spit Pepsi when they said that.


  • 38
    Eric says:

    Has anyone ever figured out who did the Morrissey-esque/sort of reggae song during the RV driving scene? I hate myself for liking it.


  • 39
    senorpogo says:

    Great episode.

    I love the part where the two poachers are bickering and Leslie Nielsen retorts with, “Yeah? Well you’re a jerk.” Such a juvenile comeback.

    Faruk Alatan? I went to school with Faruk Alatan.


  • 40
    Matthew Shine says:

    This is it. The motherload. The Alpha, The Omega.

    This is easily in my top 5 favorite episodes and has the honor of being the first episode I ever saw.
    Everything just works out so well, from the Public Domain Karaoke Machine to Clowns In The Sky.
    I nearly choked on my iced tea the first time I saw Joel’s recreation of Trumpy’s magic. Even when I watch it again for the 500th time, that scene still gets me.

    *Cue Stupid Trumpy Music*

    The riffing’s great too, with “Hear The Engines Roll Now” song, the Data Stream and Trumpy’s love of the theater, potatoes/food in general and doing evil/magic things being a highlight.

    *Gives A-OK sign*. IT STINKS.


  • 41
    Johnny Ryde says:

    I love the part where the two poachers are bickering and Leslie Nielsen retorts with, “Yeah? Well you’re a jerk.” Such a juvenile comeback.

    Agreed. And the best thing about the line is that it doesn’t flow at all from the conversation:

    “She’s faster than I thought!”
    “Yeah? Well, you’re a jerk!”

    Cracks me up every time.


  • 42
    senorpogo says:

    Forget to mention: I love the extremely bitter, inexplicably angry old uncle. “It’s a centipede! It’ll always be called a centipede!”


  • 43
    Richard says:

    I have to admit that this is one of those episodes that I don’t really watch that often. It just takes so long to get going and it then spends that uptempo section just kind of wandering around. The main thing that I love about this episode is that it has one of my favorite inventions for the “Invention Exchange” – The Public Domain Karaoke Machine. I smile and laugh every time I hear Dr. F and Frank singing along in person or in my memory. Grin


  • 44
    monoceros4 says:

    “I’ve laaaaughed with moooonsters, I’ve criiiied with moooonsters…” There’s a lot of singing in this episode, isn’t there? Tom Servo later supplies one of my favorite moments, with his bizarre lapse into Anthony Newley: “When the harlequin is on the bed / And the whiskey haze surrounds his head / William Holden’s coming over / And he’s got a fifth of–”

    Which reminds me that this movie, like the later Killer Shrews, reeks of alcohol. “What can I get you? Ouzo? Vodka? Sambuca? Pernod? &c. &c. &c.”

    I don’t like this episode quite as much as some of the other Season 3 episodes, although I can’t give a good reason why. Maybe all the Rosco fog obscures the riffing somewhat. Things always pick up when the focus of the movie switches to Trumpy and the moronic kid, who really brings out the best from Joel and the bots. “It’s called ‘evil’, kid!”


  • 45
    David J says:

    I’ve found some interesting trivia about this movie here and there. The guy who was making it was known for some incredibly stupid horror movies. This one was made even more stupid when the producers insisted he change it at the last minute to make it more like the recent blockbuster success, E.T. So it got renamed “Los Nuevos Extraterrestres” and the story then included a shoehorned in plotline about another alien being raised by a little kid. And the alien who was doing all the killing was at least slightly provoked each time. The screen-writer hated the changes, but keep in mind that even without the bizarre choice of trying to capitalize on the success of E.T., the movie still would have been pretty ridiculous.

    Some things that I didn’t realize for years about the movie: The dots that “Evil Trumpy” leaves on the foreheads of dead people are supposed to represent the constellation that “Good Trumpy” highlights on the star chart. I still have no idea why they were being left on victims’ foreheads though. Also, it was only on a very recent viewing that I realized the emphasis put on the awful band-leader decided not to shoot “Good Trumpy”. Apparently, despite him being an egotistical, womanizing jerk, he is the only character in the movie that ends up understanding Tommy’s love of the alien ant eater. Redemption? Not in my book.


  • 46
    GizmonicTemp says:

    Johnny Ryde #24 – Oh yeah!! I noticed that, perhaps, two years ago. Of the dozens of times I watched this ep, why did I miss it?! Speaking of uncensored things, there’s a similar “Did That Just Happen?” scene in Creeping Terror, when the two guys are fighting in at the dance, when a woman’s shirt get’s ripped off and her “lady lumps” are plainly visible. Wow!


  • 47
    Torgo's Pizza's on my speed dial says:

    Another one of my favorites. I taped this one off the MST Hour and showed it to my younger brothers (and myself) incessantly. We still spout lines from it every time we’re remotely in the vicinity of one another. (“You can do STUPID things” and the potato variations are probably the most used references.) Drives our spouses and parents to the brink of madness, sure, but it’s worth it!


  • 48
    WeatherServo9 says:

    To this day, my favorite one-man show of all time is Leslie Nielsen, Leslie Nielsen, Leslie Nielsen!


  • 49
    big61al says:

    Man i love this episode…i’ve got to get this out and rewatch it…


  • 50
    Charles says:

    This used to be one of my favorites, it’s died down a bit in recent years because I overwatched it and it does tend to drag in places. Plus, the damn fog! “Even the movie The Fog didn’t have this much fog.” It’s a bit damp and unpleasant to look at because of it. Sometimes I felt as if I was going to grow moss.

    I did find it hilarious with the desperate single woman, when she’s having that heart-to-heart with Tommy’s mom, how Tommy’s mom was basically reinforcing her view that she wasn’t an attractive woman, but she still “had good points”. “I’m ugly.” “Sure, but just remember you’re a good cook! That compensates for your ugliness!”

    I loved Trace’s Trumpy-as-the-Elephant-Man voice:
    “Oh, little potatoes!”

    “Like hell, more food!”
    “What *do* you like, Trumpy?”
    “Food, eating, the theater.”

    Every time I see rabbits I can’t help but thing “This potato’s got big ears.”

    And the kitten was cute too! A win all around.


  • 51
    SuperSwift says:

    Loved seeing Frank wear the “I’m a virgin” t-shirt and uttering the line, “He’s the best” in his super gay voice. Classic stuff.


  • 52
    RPG says:

    I’ve seen Galaxy Invader as well. If you’re familiar with Alien Factor, it’s by the same people, only worse.


  • 53
    dad1153 says:

    “Pod People” wasn’t born a classic “MST3K” episode (though it was up to that moniker from the quality of the riffs alone, a rare instance in which an experiment doesn’t have ‘peak’ or ‘valley’ periods but runs at a constant, even pace of ‘very funny’ through all 96 minutes) but a lot of factors contributed to it becoming a rock star. It was on heavy rotation until the show’s last days on Comedy Central (that’s almost six years of exposure on marathons, late nights, regularly-scheduled repeats, etc.), one of the handful of shows that aired on syndication during the “MST Hour” year and one of the first released on VHS and later DVD. When new people discovered “MST3K” during the Sci-Fi Channel years and went to the video store looking to rent more this is one of the first episodes they got a hold of. Other “MST3K” shows also got this same exposure but only in “Pod People” did old/new fans felt every single element of the “MST3K” formula clicking at near-perfection. I know I didn’t get that feeling from “Monster A Go-Go” or “The Beatniks” (good as they were at delivering on other aspects of the “MST3K” premise).

    Here you’ve got musicality (two songs, both classics, plus three more music-based skits), spot-on host segments (see before), classic lines (too many to quote), torture (the show rarely showed the captives as suffering from being shown the bad movies and the Mads studying/looking at them; the few times they did though, like “Manos” and here during the ‘SOL gone haywire’ segment, it fuses the comedy gold with the often-forgotten premise of people/bots being held against their will to bring in the often-overlooked element of pathos) and, first and foremost, a bad movie that you can clearly place on a quality scale next to the hit movie it’s trying to rip-off. Everyone’s seen “E.T.” and even if they hated it it’s obvious quality filmmaking and production effort went into its creation. “Pod People” is clearly going after the same family market but then the story has these left (egg poachers, angry old coot) and right turns (the kids in the rock band, Molly bonding with one of the girls), along with the deaths and violence and ****ty SFX overkill, that all intersect into the Trumpy/Tommy relationship that’s supposed to be the core of the movie but it’s only about a third. J&TB’s make fun of this, but one of “Pod People’s” strengths is that there are several movies here (A, B, C, D for ‘Dumb’ Beauty ) and that allows the editor to keep cutting away to another location and then back (whether it makes sense for the plot or not), which minimizes (though it doesn’t eliminate) being completely overwhelmed by the foggy, almost monochrome outdoors photography. And like many here, it took me too many views to realize that the movie is basically a massacre in which only a handful of cast members (including the unlikable rock star fella) survive. This inability of the movie’s obvious dark streak (along with the bleak cinematography) to overwhelm our perception of “Pod People” as basically a cute-as-pie, child-friendly “MST3K” family experiment is proof of how The Brains managed to make something so hard look so easy and effortless.

    FIVE STARS for “Pod People,” for my money THE first fully-formed “MST3K” classic experiment. I’ve seen it twice the last couple of weeks, and both times I was laughing like an idiot… control now! Female Fighter You could almost say they had to do 47 episodes (21 on KTMA and 26 on the Comedy Channel over two seasons) to get to the point they were comfortable-enough in the formula and themselves to crank out “Pod People” as just the 3rd or 24 contractually-ordered episodes. I love that “Pod People” became a classic even though it was a regularly-scheduled episode in the rotation. Other classic episodes like “Manos,” “Laserblast” and “Mitchell” were great too, but the timing and decision of the Brains to choose them (Joel/Mike transition, season finale, etc.) influenced heavily fan perception of these as classics. “Pod People” earned its reputation the hard way: by being just another “MST3K” experiment in a crowded field (back when Comedy Central showed the show wall-to-wall), and standing out on its own. The first “Godzilla” experiment on Season 2 comes close, but the cultural barrier/goofiness can’t compete with Trumpy’s ability to do stupid things (and for us to want to rewatch them over and over again). Favorite riff: (for absolutely no reason other than Joel’s voice cracks me up every time) ‘My… baby!’ Soldier


  • 54
    rcfagnan says:

    “Y’know, Pod People got no reason to live.” A really good episode, but still not one of my favorites.


  • 55

    “People adore this episode.”

    Damn, I guess.


  • 56
    Bat Masterson says:

    I want to live in the main house from this film.


  • 57
    Spector says:

    I’m with the crowd that ranks this amongst the best in series history. Definitely one of the all-time great episodes, which never fails to make me howl with laughter. This episode is the one where, finally, the Brains have their true break out performance. Thankfully, this wouldn’t be the last one. They came very close with earlier episodes like “Cave Dwellers” and “Godzilla vs Megalon”, but for me this is the first of what I consider the MST3K “Gold Standard” episodes. The host segments are terrific, and the riffing is fantastic throughout, as this butt of a film just serves up scene after scene of comic gold, most of which has already been noted here by other posters. Hands down, one of the funniest host segments ever is “Idiot Control Now”, where they parody the recording studio scene from early in the film. And sorry, Sampo, but I loved the “Chief?” “McCloud!” running gag. An enthusiastic five out of five rating from me! “Idiot control now!”


  • 58
    touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    #22: why would this kid who has JUST HATCHED the damn monster assume it would know who its mother was and where it came from?

    Because little kids often don’t think the same way as adults. Maybe, once Trumpy was his size, Tommy expected Trumpy to know everything about his mother that Tommy knew about HIS mother, like it was an inborn instinct thing OSLT. That could make perfect sense to a kid. When I was a little kid I thought a person had to be a mayor, who ran a town, and then a governor, who ran a state, before he could be a president, who ran the country. Made perfect sense at the time. Smile


  • 59
    Brian T. says:

    Ahh, this is the episode that turned me into the MST3K addict that I still am today! First it was the Alf-ish looking Trumpy, the dopey kid who befriends him, the greasy guys with the easy girlfriends and a spinning game of Simon. Then they showed me TV’s Frank in a “I’m a Virgin” t-shirt and I lost it! An all time best episode that brings back alot of great memories!


  • 60
    touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    #52: I’ve seen Galaxy Invader as well. If you’re familiar with Alien Factor, it’s by the same people, only worse.

    Cinematic Titanic tackled Alien Factor, which, like Galaxy Invader, was about people hunting extraterrestrials (perhaps it was a theme, like Bert I. Gordon and enormousnessness). Really wish Cinematic Titanic would release some more DVDs (although it HAS released Alien Factor, meaning, Wait, those are two separate ideas…).


  • 61
    Creeping Terror says:

    @38: I like the song, too!

    As far as the “Chief? McCloud?” riffs. I don’t think it’s too overdone. I think it’s just the Brains’ way of pointing out that much of this movie is taken up by people looking for other people.

    There are at least 3 monsters… possibly 4. There is (1) Trumpy, (2) the one that is shot and self-buried at the end (3) the remaining “adult” Trumpy. I think that the fourth one is the monster that kills the band leader’s friend at the rangers’ cabin. The cabin is far away enough that Rick and the old guy have to drive there (for two seasons!), but right after they get back, one of the adult monsters is found in the bathroom of the house. There’s no way that the cabin monster could have made it back to the house that quickly.

    And about the faux feminism in this movie. Wouldn’t the scene where Laura (the first girl to die) invites herself to the camping trip be a better time for the other women to assert their feminism? Instead, they just buy the line that Rick’s womanizing is “just part of his act.” Ouch, this movie hurts so much.

    Like many, this was my first exposure to the show. It was on syndication as the Mystery Science Theater Hour in my local market, and my family caught most of the second half. We fell in love with the show immediately. It would be about 8 years, though, before I saw the first half of the movie. I love it anyway.

    In my opinion, this was the best episode up to that point, the best Season 3 episode, and one of the best Joel-era episodes. It has so much going for it.


  • 62
    April DeWetpants says:

    One of my first episodes and the first episode I purchased on tape. I’ve seen this too many times to count.

    Funny though, I watched it again last night (in anticipation of this thread) and noticed for the first time Gypsy on the ceiling during the wacky host segment. MST3K, the gift that keeps giving.

    It is a horribly slow movie, with a horrible ending. Poor Trumpy! But it is one of my faves.

    Some fave lines:

    “Puma? Puma? Speilberg?”
    “I’m doing a one man show, Leslie Nielsen, Leslie Nielsen, Leslie Nielsen”
    “Food, eating, the theater!”
    “Oh, fun!”
    “Well, time to start camping….”
    “Boy Ringo did some bad songs but this is embarrassing”
    “Goodnight Chief, goodnight McCloud”
    “Someone hit the kid in the head with a Sledgehammer”

    And when the bearded guys looking up the tree with the lightning flash. When the guys go “Huzzah!” I crack up.

    Also love Tom trying to follow the chick in her underwear off screen. “saaayyy….”

    But my favorite riff of all, Tom giggling at the gay sterotype. No need to say a word. Classic.

    Lastly, in the movie shown at the beginning…is that Steven from the Alien Factor?


  • 63
    swh1939 says:

    Did anyone else yet mention the “lost footage” aspect of this episode? If not, here goes …

    The MST3k Hour version of “Pod People” contains 20 seconds more movie footage than the regular version does. In the regular aired version, Tommy shows Trumpy a jigsaw puzzle. When Trumpy doesn’t understand it, Tommy looks for something else to show. This is when the show breaks for commercial and when it returns Tommy is in mid-sentence saying, “… cheating. You must teach me some day.” In the MST3k Hour version when it comes back from commercial, Trumpy magically assembles the puzzle in seconds. When Tommy sees this, he asks, “How did you do that?” Tom Servo observes, “More importantly … why did you do that?” Tommy tells Trumpy that’s cheating.

    If Shout! Factory ever gets the rights for a DVD re-release of this episode, I’d like to have the MST3K Hour wraps and this footage.


  • 64
    April DeWetpants says:

    In reference to my question above, I just looked it up! It is! And its a Don Dohler movie with a lot of the Alien Factor cast. I must see this movie Galaxy Invader.


  • 65
    MikeK says:

    Lost Continent had rock climbing. Pod People had fog.

    And the roads. The roads were in a terrible condition.

    I give this episode 5 stars.


  • 66
    Fart Bargo says:

    Solid top ten for me. Host segments, songs and riffing are all superior. I found the movie pretty dopey and was pretty impressed with the huge bar in the house. The weird kid and psycho uncle, who yelled about everything and carted a rifle where ever he went, and Trumpy reminded me a bit of Eraserhead.


  • 67
    schippers says:

    #45 – Speaking of some horrible movies the director of this fine film made, I heartily recommend everyone track down a copy of Slugs on DVD (does not surface very often, but it IS out there). Slugs, actually based on a novel, is FANTASTICALLY awful and hilarious, for different reasons than this movie. The dude who plays the bastard lead singer’s manager? friend? counselor? anyway, whatever role he’s supposed to be playing in Pod People, he shows up in Slugs and has a very juicy death scene involving blood worms (I think). Slugs would be the kind of movie I would have loved to see MST do if they had been allowed to / had been interested in dipping into R-rated territory (without the censorship they sometimes imposed on some movies, of course).


  • 68
    MikeK says:

    Is Pod People the first movie on MST3K to have the phrase “son of a —-” in the movie?


  • 69
    schippers says:

    #58 – and it turns out they just have to be part of the Illuminati.


  • 70
    Not Merritt Stone says:

    It’s adorable how the movie uses prop pictures of Presidents to make it look like it’s taking place in America.


  • 71
    GizmonicTemp says:

    April DeWetpants #64“Galaxy Invader” is in both of the 50 or 100 Sci-Fi movie packs from Mill Creek Entertainment if you’re interested in scoring some other bad movies too (and if you are so hot to see “Galaxy Invader”, I imagine you are).


  • 72
    Jose chung says:

    Hands the best episode of MST3K of all Time.

    All of the host segments have some musical aspect, Good Riffing, Watchably bad movie.

    Perfect. I still repeat the Leslie Nealson jokes to this day.


  • 73
    MikeK says:

    #58 “It’s adorable how the movie uses prop pictures of Presidents to make it look like it’s taking place in America. ”

    And let’s not forget the pennants from American pro-sports teams in the boy’s room, nor the product placement of Kellog’s cereal and Planter’s peanuts.


  • 74
    Ator In Flight says:

    @38 & 61: A little while back I did look around for info on that song and couldn’t find anything. I’m not sure I like it,but it fascinates me for some reason.


  • 75
    Thomas K. Dye says:

    Oh, yeah, one of those classic “introduce the movie lines…” “It has nothing to do with pods, it has nothing to do with people, it has everything to do with hurting.” Very true.


  • 76
    thedumpster says:


    Don’t forget the Sprite logo on the house?!


  • 77
    GizmonicTemp says:

    With all of this “Galaxy Invader” talk, I forgot what I was originally going to mention. “Pod People” marks one of the best times in the show’s history. Three of the past five shows are “Enshrined” on my review site by Msties. It wouldn’t be until show #501 when the recent group of shows was this good. Sure, “Cave Dwellers” and “Pod People” being among the first VHS releases helps, but the latter part of season two is when the show really started taking form.

    I’m NOT a virgin.


  • 78
    Cabbage Patch Elvis says:

    HUZZAH! Just a 4-star for me, but with some really great bits. Music from Some Guys in Space is hilarious, and “It stinks!” is my go to response when my wife asks my opinion about almost anything.


  • 79
    dsman71 says:

    The late J. Piquer Simon who Directed this, did other movies, as mentioned Slugs, but he did Pieces, Endless Decent, the Sea Serpent, Where Time Began (aka the Fabulous Journey to the Center of the Earth)
    It is kind of odd that MST3K never did a Don Dohler film such as Galaxy Invader..however the Cinematic Titanic did one – The Alien Factor
    This episode was pretty much – that their CD release was called ” Clown in the Sky ”
    Now that’s the big time Wink


  • 80
    dsman71 says:

    Damn I cant type * this episode was pretty much * (insert) a major episode due to the Clowns in the Sky song


  • 81
    Laura says:

    This one is hit-or-miss with me. Don’t get me wrong; the movie sucks on toast, the kid was dubbed by an 80-year-old woman, the band makes my ears bleed every time I hear that…song (couldn’t think of a better word), the riffing itself is middle of the road. Some stuff just doesn’t make me laugh. I can watch this one many times over without getting tired. I do love the host segments, though. I crack up during “You’re magic, aren’t you Trumpy?” sketch. The Mad’s expessions are classic!

    About the song: Yes, Tracy does blast like a foghorn. I will give Peter Brady that much. Tracy was the Samantha Jones of her day! Good grief she was slutty!

    Was this another Film Ventures “classic”? I don’t know how else to explain the opening with a completely different movie!

    If I had to give a star rating: 5 1/2.

    By the way, the song is “Hear The Engines Roll Now”.


  • 82
    April DeWetpants says:

    @71 thanks for the info. MST actually got me into the old sci-fi movies…good and bad.

    Someone mentioned it before. But another of my fave things is the picture of George Washington on the wall. For years I wondered what the hell is that picture of Washington on the wall.

    Of course, that was before the internet.


  • 83
    This Guy says:

    I always laughed at “Chief?” “McCloud!” even before I had any idea what they were referencing, and I still laugh at it, just because the delivery sells it. This episode remains a favorite of mine.
    Has it been explicitly noted that every host segment in this show (except the “arts chautauqua” opening) is music-related? Both inventions are musical, the two songs, “Music from Some Guys in Space,” and the almost-dialogue-free Magic Trumpy sketch. I wonder if they planned it that way, and if so, why. Not that I’m knocking it, because it works so well. Speaking of “Music from…” Tom’s impression of the announcer from “Hearts of Space” is pretty much dead-on. It’s like the radio just fires quaaludes out of the speakers at you.

    Why the movie’s the way it is: apparently, it started as a horror flick, but someone decided it should feature cute, cuddly aliens to cash in on E.T., resulting in the film divided against itself that we know today.

    Oh, and: after J&TB leave for the “Idiot Control” segment, the guy in the “I’m a Virgin” shirt has another line, but we don’t hear it. Anyone know what it was?


  • 84
    Tom Carberry says:

    #67–Slugs is available from Netflix. The Gary Sandy/Andy Travis from WKRP looking guy is credited as Emilio Linder in Slugs, but Emil Linder in Pod People. The movie is only slightly more watchable than Pod People. Again, they are trying to make you believe that it was filmed in the U.S. (and perhaps a few exterior shots were), but this has Euro-trash written all over it.


  • 85
    Creeping Terror says:

    @58, 73…

    I used to think that this movie was filmed in California, but with a Mexican/Spanish cast. IMDB says that it was filed in the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range in Spain, though. IMDB also says that film was made in both French and Spanish and that the cast had to learn both languages. It’s clear, though, that the Branis’ copy is a dubbed from the Spanish version. When Tommy says to Trumpy, “You’ve got to hide!” His lips are clearly saying, “¡Escóndate!” which literally means “Hide!”

    And the dubbing is probably the best dubbing of any MST3K film. The translations aren’t as awkward as in the Russo-Finnish films and the lip synch is much closer than what we usually see in the Japanese movies.


  • 86
    pablum says:

    One of the best episodes of the series. As a big fan of bad 80s movies and of MST3K season three, this is one of my favorites.

    Before Pod People I thought teen slasher films and children’s movies couldn’t go together, and then the movie proved to me that this was the case. Young people that have no singing talent going on a sex camping trip, poachers, a strange family that lives in the middle of nowhere, and a meteor full of alien eggs that manages to crash into the planet without shattering them. Quite the combination. I think most of the movie’s inadequacies have been covered already, so I won’t add much more.

    The movie’s indecision with the genre and tone it tried to take made for great riffing material. Most jokes hit their mark here. I typed most because “Chief?” “McCloud!” was run so far into the ground by the end of the episode that I wouldn’t try to defend its overuse. Great stuff otherwise.

    Host segments were all amazing as well. Recreating the song and trumpy’s magic scene, and the new-age wall of keyboards are some of the best on-topic sketches the show ever did. Clown in the Sky was a great ending song to boot.


  • 87
    Droppo says:

    Blasphemy, Sampo! I know, I know….to each his own….BUT, to quote Tim McCarver: “IN MAH VIEW…..”

    Pod People is a first ballot Hall of Famer. Arguably the best host segments in the entire series along with non-stop 5 star riffing.

    Trumpy? The band? The kid? It just doesn’t get any better.


  • 88
    Cody Himes says:

    I’ve never particularly cared for this movie, but I LOVE the host segments. All of them are classics.


  • 89
    RGA Dave says:

    Ugh. Watching this one is a chore, not a pleasure for me. Its odd, the riffing is great and the movie is so dismal. I hate that stuck up lead singer (the “It stinks!” guy…which if you read his lips, seems more like he actually said “shove it!” ) , there is absolutely no sunlit scenes and trumpy is a joke. Those poachers really seemed to hate wildlife, too. On the other hand, Tom’s wall of keyboards, and quips like ‘music by bay area performers, with lists of medications’ ‘snoremaster of tralfamadore’, etc…the crew put in an A-plus effort on this dog.


  • 90
    CaveDweller says:

    Along with “Time of the Apes” and “Cave Dwellers”, “Pod People was one of the episodes that got my hooked on MST3K. 20 years later, it still holds up in my eyes. I can watch it and still laugh my hinder off. It’s another one of those episodes that I recommend to people who know nothing about MST3K watch to learn what a great, funny show it really was.

    As for “Galaxy Invader”, I stumbled across it a few weeks ago, not even knowing it was the movie used in the intro of “Pod People”. I was watching it on one of those Mill Creek 50 Sci-Fi movie packs and thought, “What a minute? Have I seen this before? This movie wasn’t used on MST3K. How is it that I know some of these scenes?” For those that haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and look it up. It’s hilarious and I really, REALLY wish Cinematic Titanic would use it!


  • 91
    Green Switch says:

    #63 – swh1939

    You’re not alone. I remember watching the MST3K Hour version of Pod People long before watching the Rhino VHS version and wondering why there were a few missing moments from the Rhino release. I vaguely remember a riff about “stop motion” over a shot of Trumpy putting a jigsaw puzzle together.

    Assuming that I’m not misremembering things, can anyone here (Sampo, et al) help us figure out the mystery of this missing footage?

    That said, spectacular episode, one of my favorites.


  • 92
    Jamie says:

    favorite scene: The shirt and matching sofa set.
    ooo, not bad
    hi gang
    oh, the new Vogue is here
    Molly is the television working?
    yes i think so
    good I dont want to miss Dallas
    your friend just died and youre gonna miss Dallas??
    How could you watch TV the way things are now?
    Because if i didnt I’ll go in hysterecs
    its not working!
    i’m in HYSTERECS!!


  • 93
    Creeping Terror says:

    Ack! I didn’t think I would have much to say about “Pod People,” and here I am coming back on the discussion board for my third post.

    One of my favorite–and most underrated riffs–of the entire series is in this episode. After Laura dies, the female friend watching over her runs into the kitchen where everyone else in the house is eating breakfast. Joel says in a female voice, “Quick! Everyone! Big sale on flannel!” and all the movie characters get up and run to see the dead girl. As they leave Tom quietly says, “Did she say flannel?” It’s SO hilarious… I’m surprised no one’s mentioned it yet.

    Wow, I love this episode.


  • 94
    Alex says:

    I had a serious “WTF” moment when I first saw this episode. The people who made this must have A) wanted to rip-off E.T. and B) were probably high. This is an excellent episode. 5/5


  • 95
    Alex says:

    Btw…… IT STINKS!



  • 96
    Dark Grandma of Death says:

    Sampo’s Theorem is in full swing with this one, I see.

    I’m firmly in the “love it!” camp. It’s such a lame, stupid ripoff of a movie, and the Brains do a great job tearing into it.

    And some days while out driving, feeling the wind in my eyes, I wish I had idiot control now….


  • 97
    Sampo says:

    Droppo–Just so nobody misunderstands: I do like this episode! As I noted, one thing that makes it remarkable is that every single host segment is witty and on-target. Not a single clunker, which almost never happens. And the riffing is just great too, as I said. It’s just that all the fog and the droning music puts me to sleep. Not sure if I’d put this in my top 10 but definitely my top 20.

    Oh and: slam on Chess King spokesmodel Lou Gramm outta NOWHERE!


  • 98
    Fred Burroughs says:

    I do remember when this came out, my mom was a big fan of Windham Hill albums. I would listen to a few and be amazed when 10 minutes in, it’s the same stuff, it never changes. I was so annoyed, because I only knew 2 chords and 2 keys on the piano yet I clearly could noodle around on a keyboard for an hour and fill time with stuff just as non-compositional as these guys; only I wasn’t getting any money. I should’ve gone into new age but at least I have my dignity. It’s around here somewhere, under my VHS copy of Pod People.


  • 99
    This Guy says:

    In fairness to Windham Hill, they didn’t just or even primarily release ambient/space music. Sturgeon’s Law applies as usual, really.

    Another oddity: I’ve never been sure if Greg Brady’s “It stinks!” gesture is intended as irony or if it’s just a different meaning than we use. In parts of Europe, I’m told, it can mean “zero” or “worthless,” but according to some Spain isn’t one of those parts. Am I overthinking this movie? Probably.


  • 100
    Chris Lark says:

    Another one of my ALL-TIME Favorites from the J&TB era of MST3K. All the host segments are FANTASTIC and the riffing is steady & very funny throughout.

    Oh and to whoever suggests this film is slow should remember 2 words: “Rock Climbing” and most of Robert L. Lippert’s films + flicks like “Manos” & “First Spaceship On Venus.” IMHO those films are Cinematic Molasses way more than “Pod People” EVER could be Big Smile

    I never thought the film was slow just confusing. It still leaves me with questions like:

    1. If “Evil Trumpy” killed the hunters for destroying the eggs then why didn’t it kill Tommy? He did steal the last living egg didn’t he?
    2. What did “Evil Trumpy” do to the slutty daughter of the label exec. after she fell off the cliff? Was she still alive but then Evil Trumpy killed what’s left of her or was it checking to see if she knew about where the last egg was or what?

    Anyway, next to “Cave Dwellers”, “Godzilla Vs. The Sea Monster”,
    “Daddy-O”, “Time Of The Apes” and a few others “Pod People” made me a big time fan of MST3K and this episode still holds up very well today Smile


  • 101
    RockyJones says:

    I have great affection for this episode, since it was the very first one I saw…discovered quite by accident. By the time it was over, I was EXHAUSTED from trying to keep up with all of the obscure referrences, but still had enough energy to run to the phone and call a couple of friends to say “Oh my god…you won’t believe what I just found!” I spent the next week counting the minutes until the next episode aired, and needless to say, that’s how it went for the next few YEARS of my life. I’ll admit…these days, the movie does have the ability to lull me to sleep ocassionally, but it’s still a 5 star episode in my book.


  • 102
    Brandon says:

    303- Pod People

    Plot: Aliens land in a forest. One starts killing people, the other is raised by some whiney kid and given the name Trumpy. A rock group is lost, and crashes at the kids’ place. Two hunters run amok.

    Host Segments:
    Opening: One-Man Shows.
    Invention Exchange: Electric Guitar; PD Kareoke Machine
    Segment 1: Idiot Control Now.
    Segment 2: New Age Space Music
    Segment 3: Crow and Servo are Trumpy!
    Closing: Song: “Clown in the Sky”. It stinks!
    Stinger: It stinks!

    Memorable Riffs:
    Servo: “Between a rock and a hard planet!”

    Joel: “Bambi… humans are basically good.”

    Servo: “Even the movie The Fog, didn’t have this much fog.”

    Poacher: “Now we can kill us some game in peach and quiet.”
    Servo: “Do you realize what you just said?”

    Servo: “I know Ringo did some bad songs but this is really embarrassing.”

    Tommy: “Do you know what play is?”
    Crow (as Trumpy): “Yes, it’s where I break you in half.”

    Tommy: “Trumpy! I told you to stay out of sight!”
    Servo: “He doesn’t speak your language, dickweed.”

    (Tommy pours some peanuts ont he table)
    Crow: “Oh, little potatoes.”
    (Trumpy snorts the peanuts up his trunk)
    Crow: “Now you try.”

    (Tommy draws an ugly picture of a human)
    Tommy: “That’s my mommy!”
    Servo: “EW!”

    (Tracy gets attacked by alien)
    Servo: “I think she found Trumpy!”
    J&TB: “Waa-waa-waaaaa!”

    Crow: “Honey, I’m ho– oh I’m alittle kid.”

    Tommy’s mother: “Are you alright?”
    Tommy: “Hmm-mmm”
    Crow: “Well, yes. Relatively speaking. Depends on what the norm is.”

    Crow: “Oh Trumpy, gross!”
    Servo: “He stepped in some trumpy-dumpy!”

    Crow: “And he died as he lived with his mouth wide open.”

    Fav. Riff:
    Servo: “Steve tastes great! More pelvis?”

    -A rare instance in which Joel’s invention busts. Hell, Dr. F’s invention is better!

    -I think this is the earliest use of the phrase, “Kids today with their…”

    -One of the actors who appears during the fake opening credits looks like British comedian Graham Stark… but it isn’t.

    -Wizard of Oz reference: “I do believe in spooks!”

    -Nice bit: When the poacher guy is smashing the alien eggs, at one point he hits an egg on the right side of the screen, and Crow reacts, “Ouch!” as if he had been hit by the poacher.

    -I find the hippie girl kinda cute. Am I weird?

    -The ACEG lists Bridget Jones as the music agent in Segment 1, but Bridget has said that it’s Faye Burkholder (what ever happened to her?)

    -Shortly after Tommy says, “Keep growing and you won’t fit any clothes”, listen carefully, and you’ll hear the sound of Joel (or Kevin, or Trace) turning the page for their riff scripts.

    -WHY is there a Sprite ad on the side of the family’s house?

    -Crow’s riff “Time to take off the mask and see who it is” echos for some reason.

    -Joel threatens to throw Servo against the wall. Dang, he’s brutal!

    Best Segment: The Trumpy segment is wacky and kooky.
    Worst Segment: The new age music segment. It stinks!

    Overall: One of my favorite Joel-era episodes. ***1/2


  • 103
    JCC says:

    Of course it’s a legendary episode and has some great sketches, it’s FREAKING POD PEOPLE, people!

    Something really bugs me about this movie though, and it’s that the dubbed voices all have this weird shaky, quavery tone to them. Bad recording? I don’t know but it makes me not wan’t to watch the movie. I would probably edit the movie down to the singers in the studio, Trumpy looking at all the caged animals and Trumpy doing stupid/magic things.

    The Chief-McCloud joke kind of gets annoying (to me) after about the 50th time.<—Hyperbole.


  • 104
    Jose chung says:

    One of many Movies that seems to have the same dub actors for seemingly random movies:

    This movie
    Escape 2000
    Operation Double 007

    All these movies seem to have the same dub actors.


  • 105

    It’s an okay episode. The movie is very hard to get through, but the “Idiot Control Now” host segment is priceless.

    The very high rating for this episode can be entirely explained if you note the number of posts saying “This was my first episode”, “This turned me on to MST3K”, etc.


  • 106
    Watch-out-for-Snakes says:

    Ah yes, POD PEOPLE. A fan favorite, one of the best Season 3 episodes, and one of the best Joel-era eps too! This one is a classic, a 5/5 all the way (in my eyes).

    As Sampo said, this one can put you to sleep though, with the endless amounts of fog (seriously!) and the neverending drone of the new agey music. I find the whole thing kind of hypnotic myself; doesn’t hurt that the riffs are legen(wait for it)dary and that all 3 of the Host Segments are excellent.

    “Sack of monkeys in my pocket!” ——-> ROTFL

    Real quick about the movie; it’s foreign, it’s horror(ish) , it’s the 80’s, it’s stupid; I love it! Director J. Piquer Simon (the “J” stands for Juan; he died earlier this year) did a couple other notable horror entries, namely SLUGS: THE MOVIE (guess what it’s about) and the awesomely bloody gore-fest with healthy doses of cheese PIECES (you don’t have to got to Texas for a chain saw massacre) which I can’t recommend more, you know, if you’re into that kinds of thing. Ian Sera, you know, Rick the “it stinks” guy, is also in PIECES and I really don’t want to ruin what happens to him in the movie, but it happens at the very end and.…amazing. Must see for gorehounds.


    During the invention exchange, DR. F: “Oh great. Get Foghat on the phone.”

    Frank says, “Hit the roll, Jerry” as they’re doing their karaoke thing. I guess Jerry (and maybe Sylvia) are still working in Deep 13, even though they don’t appear onscreen the rest of the season (I think) .

    During the reverse starfield opening, Servo: “Slowly backing away from where no man has been before.”

    Crow: “I’ve gone blind! I’m looking at the back of my retinas!”

    Servo: “I’m doing my one man show tonight; Leslie Neilsen, Leslie Neilsen, Leslie Neilsen.”

    Servo: “Even the movie THE FOG didn’t have this much fog.”

    Crow: “Dad?” ——->callback to Cave Dwellers

    Mom in the movie: “Tommy?”
    Crow, in devil voice: “Just tending to the incubus, mother.” —–> Devil

    Tommy, in the movie: “Do you know what ‘playing’ is Trumpy?”
    Crow, in “Trumpy” voice: “Yeah. It’s when I break you in half.”

    Joel: “I sure hope Trumpy doesn’t sneeze, he’ll pistol whip that kid with peanuts.”

    During the “Trumpy you can do stupid things” scene:
    Joel: “This alien makes student films.” ——–>lemme tell ya, as a former film student (grad ’05, SIUC) there was always somebody working on stop motion animation. Very very funny, Joel.

    Crow: “Hi. We’re the cast from STRAW DOGS.” ——->one of my fave Peckinpah movies.

    Servo: “His last words were, “Huzzah”” .

    Servo: “Don’t worry, he’s moody and introspective. He’s in a corner, reading SWIMMING TO CAMBODIA.” ——–>After the needless slam on Spalding Gray in the last episode by Mike (GAMERA) it’s nice to get this shout out here.

    Crow: “Trumpage, the Trumpazoid, the Trump-monsterrrr. …stretching the premise.” —–>current riff back in 91, refers to a SNL skit starring one Mr. Rob Schneider as a guy who sat in the copy room and stretched a premise about as thin as it could go. If you are too young to know it, you aren’t missing much.

    OH! and in Host Segment #3 when things are going GOOFY/CRAZY and the bots are floating around and stuff, YOU TOTALLY SEE CROW’S LEGS AS HE’S FLOATING IN THE AIR. —Is this the first time we see Crow’s legs? I think it is . . lemme know if I’m wrong. Otherwise, mark it down Sampo!

    .as stated before,
    A 5/5 EPISODE!


  • 107
    Cornjob says:

    I’m glad to know that the “it stinks” guy was also the guy in pieces. Too bad the same thing didn’t happen to him in Pod People. How would you think about Trumpy then?


  • 108
    pondoscp says:

    Wow, 106 posts, I thought for sure my comments would all be used up. But that’s Pod People for you, the episode that keeps on giving. I actually have a few things to comment on that haven’t been said yet.

    Like all classic episodes (RiffTrax and Cinematic Titanic included, for that matter), it starts out strong, lags in the middle from some deep hurting, then picks up for a strong finish. This was not the first episode I ever saw (I actually saw it after seeing about 60 other episodes), but it sure did make an impact. Every host segment is iconic, which I can’t say for certain if that happened again.

    Observations and favorite riffs:
    Trumpy, you can do stupid things! (how can you not mention that?)
    Life gives you lemons, you make lemonade – Crow references the KTMA theme song!
    We see more of the glitter that was dropped on Tibby in the last episode in the opening segment
    I got nowhere else to go!
    Jerry is asked to start the roll on the karaoke machine in Deep 13. We don’t see him, but he’s mentioned at least.
    *On a side note, I always liked the Turkey Day introduction to this episode, with Dr. F presenting it, in his own unique way, as an alternative to watching E.T. during Thanksgiving dinner.
    Pod People got no reason…
    It was a dark and stormy night, I had taken a creative writing course.
    Football practice!
    With a name like Smuckers…
    -Then all of the sudden, the movie cuts to a recording studio? That’s some abrupt editing!
    Shotgun shack! (there’s that Talking Heads riff again Smile
    “It Stinks!”
    That’s not Kenny, we like this kid.
    This is Morrissey (who we’ll see in a few weeks…)
    Now hold it down until you get a Windham Hill recording soundtrack-Another amazing host segment!
    Hey what gives, I’m on the milk carton!
    It’s called evil, kid.
    Third host segment is genius, of course.
    Darkone mentioned during a McCloud rant (Robot Holocaust callback)
    -When Trumpy wears the jacket he reminds me of the first Star Wars movie, the part where the elephant looking guy rats out the Falcon.
    She’s “Zestfully” dead! (You’re not fully dead until you’re Zestfully dead!)
    John Bonham, Moby Dick!
    Buddy Rich on drums (who’ll be riffed on in a much later Cinematic Titanic host segment)
    Time to take to mask off and see who it is. Do you at home know?
    During “Clown In The Sky,” Joel’s putting away Tom’s charred head from the opening segment! I never noticed that before.

    Yes, a classic. What MST3K and movie riffing are all about. In agreement with Sampo, not in my top 10, but top 20.
    My top 10 are still coming up (some very soon…. Wink.

    This is easily one of the best of the series.


  • 109
    pondoscp says:

    107 posts! In the time it took me to type my post up, another was posted! That’s how popular Pod People is! Wink


  • 110
    Riley says:

    Wait, there are two Trumpys?

    I missed that, too. Probably because this episode always puts me to sleep.


  • 111
    MSTfan says:

    “Good?” “It’s the best.”


  • 112
    gorto says:

    The pandemonium trumpy sketch is my favorite of the entire run of the show. It worked so well, since by the time it comes, you are brainwashed by the dullness of the movie, and then BAM!


  • 113
    pablum says:

    What exactly did Tom say when he riffs: “Go play with you ______ hell beast.”? What was the word in the blank space I’ve had trouble hearing?


  • 114
    EricJ says:

    “We could be in a shotgun shack, we could be on the other side of the world, (fog-bound shot) we could be….on top of Old Smokey!”

    @61 – As far as the “Chief? McCloud?” riffs. I don’t think it’s too overdone. I think it’s just the Brains’ way of pointing out that much of this movie is taken up by people looking for other people.

    Exactly: It’s supposed to be a guys-in-the-theater running gag, in the spirit of “And the crowd goes wild: ‘Yay.'”
    The humor is in their constantly adding to it with other TV characters: “Buffy? Mr. French?”…A good running-gag riff should be like a drinking-game. Smile


  • 115
    Johnny Ryde says:

    There’s a scene near the end where they re-dub one of Crow’s lines, but the timing is off (where he says something about “Have you folks at home figured it out?”). I think this is one of the most obvious cases where Crow’s mouth is moving but the line is missing. It wasn’t until the DVD came out that I realized that you can very faintly hear the original line in the background (probably picked up by Joel or Kevin’s microphone)…


  • 116
    EricJ says:

    @99 – Probably: It means “OK”. (As in, it doesn’t stink, but he’s using it ironically because it does. Or at least in the TV-dubbed version.)

    @102 – Crow’s riff “Time to take off the mask and see who it is” echos for some reason.
    Meddling kids and their dog, perhaps?

    Psychic Lawn Dart Alert #2:
    (cheap magazine posters on cabin wall)
    “Posters by Dynamite Magazine”
    (There are some here who were in 4th-grade during the 70’s, who will know the magazines and cheap kids-magazine fold-out posters in question.)

    And if there is one riff so literarily classic it may outlive the series to quote-immortality out of context:
    Joel: “He died as he lived…With his mouth wide open.” Smile


  • 117
    John R. Ellis says:

    While the film -does- become a dreadful slog by the end, this one remains a favorite of my family. So many of the jokes in it are still quoted by us to this day.

    And, yeah, the skits are golden.


  • 118
    thecorman says:

    I love Pod People, it’s funny, relaxing, a time machine back to my youth, and there’s absolutely nothing better to have on for a rainy afternoon nap.


  • 119
    Fred Burroughs says:

    (Here’s a good weekend thread topic: which 10 movies do you need to see to get most of MST jokes?E.g.: Its a Wonderful Life, Christmas Story…) I didn’t realize til lately that Officer and a Gentleman has so many appearances in MST lore. I can’t quite remember how often you hear “Don’t you do it!” or “I’ve got nowhere else to go!” or the classic “Mayo-NAISE…mayo-NAISE” over many episodes.


  • 120
    AJB says:

    >I love Joel’s lyrics to “Idiot Control Now.”

    Am I nuts? I seem to remember that it’s “Hideous Control Now”; was this mentioned in the Episode Guide?



  • 121
    Ralph C. says:

    I gave this episode four stars. I’ve never had a problem getting through the movie, the host segments are fun-knee and I really think the guitar Joel is playing in the invention exchange is grooverific! I’ve been trying to find that on eBay for awhile in a decent condition at a decent price. I can’t play guitar but why should that stop me…. right?


  • 122
    Cabbage Patch Elvis says:

    Oh, I remembered another great riff:

    “And he died as he lived, with his mouth wide open.”


  • 123
    The Right Oily Drifter says:

    “Meanwhile, a few miles away…”
    What a great episode. Pod People was the first non-godzilla ep I saw and it remains a favorite for me. The riffing is consistently hilarious and the host segments are terrific. I’d say top 3 for Joel era, top 10 for the series overall. The movie itself keeps recklessly jumping from subplot to subplot. It’s like watching 3 different things on TV by switching the channel every 5 minutes.
    -Was this the first instance of Tom Servo’s “3M today!” jokes?
    -The house reminds me of 16 bit RPG houses. Tool shed on the outside, endless labyrinth on the inside.
    -Frank’s reaction to “get foghat on the phone” is classic Frank.
    -Tommy finds a dead guy out in the woods near his home. What does he do? He plays Simon.
    Favorite Riff: “To change I hope.”


  • 124
    losingmydignity says:

    A nostalgic favorite. One of the earliest eps I watched and with friends to boot. Pizza, beer, and friends makes a viewing all the more fun.

    But does it hold up? At the time this was aired it was the best they’d done yet but there would be better eps. It is slow at times compared to later classics but nostalgia can be as great a pleasure as laughing. Still, it’s fun enough to stay in my top twenty or so.

    And whoever (sorry lazy today) mentioned the riff about “flannel”–a good one indeed.



  • 125

    And my wife came down the stairs…her face was SPLIT! *rizzlerazzle*


  • 126

    Oh, Wrong thread. Razz


  • 127
    Cabbage Patch Elvis says:

    Still funny, Castle Monster. HUZZAH!


  • 128

    Ain’t nothin’ but the Cos’. Grin


  • 129
    Seneca says:

    I’m with Sampo,this episode just puts me away. Trumpy and his kin are funny to be sure, and the whole movie is just painfully bad, but I don’t find much to hold my interest here. I do enjoy the Clown in the Sky song at the end but I rarely make it that far.


  • 130
    Son of Bobo says:

    Don’t think I have anything new to add. A five star episode that seems as though it was made for MST. This was an early one for me, plus this might have been my first VHS. Love the Chief/McCloud running gag, the songs, the AMC line, back when AMC was like Turner Classic Movies.
    Thanks for clearing up the lady in the Deep 13 studio. I always assumed that it was Bridget Jones. Notice she keeps snapping her fingers even when the music ends. There is a Rifftrax skit on youtube for Birdemic where they make use of a lady in a non-speaking role with Mike and Connor and she provides so much humor just standing there.
    Maybe CT needs to do Galaxy Invader. I loved the Alien Factor, it was perfect for a live show as the film was quite inept that the audience burst out laughing a few times when no riff was supplied.
    Fave riff: “Hear that? Sounds like Norm Abrams getting killed by a giant chicken.”


  • 131
    Creepygirl says:

    I too have used POD PEOPLE to introduce the series to newbies. I find it to be quite relatable for modern folks that had never even heard of the show. I have only added to the fandom.

    I give this experiment 4 1/2 stars.

    If you’re wondering why? Just read the other 130 comments. Wink


  • 132
    JeremyR says:

    The riffing in this is brilliant, but the movie is just spoiled for me by the obnoxious kid. I can’t watch it.


  • 133
    Cornjob says:

    Anyone know why the evil Trumpy left a Big Dipper pattern in gems on the foreheads of his victims? Did his homeworld have a similar constellation?


  • 134
    trickymutha says:

    Like many, this was the first Joel episode I ever saw. I was late for the MST party, seeing my first episode on Sci-Fi (Terror from the year 5000) in 1997.

    Two years later, at my local FYE, I noticed VHS tapes with Joel, whom I first met through “Soultaker”

    What a great episode, a must watch on a regular basis, and what a strange long trip MST is.


  • 135
    crowschmo says:

    I’m surprised no one has mentioned yet (unless I’ve missed it), with all these entries, the classic lines:

    Joel: “I love you, Tom Servo.”
    Servo: “I love you, Joel.”
    Joel: “I love you, Crow.”
    Crow: “You’re not my real father!” Smile

    This is another ep that I love, though it can drag at times. And I’ve seen it so much, that it’s not quite fresh anymore, so that also adds to the draginess. But it’s definitely a classic, one I fell in love with on the first viewing, and I still love the host segments.

    I never thought the Chief/McCloud thing was overdone. Like others have mentioned, it seemed they kept doing it because the movie kept showing us people looking for other people in the fog. It certainly wasn’t as overdone as, say, the “Are you ready for some football?!” line they did in Laserblast. Now THAT got annoying.

    I always thought the other Trumpy creature was the mother of all the eggs that got smashed. And that’s why she went on a killing spree, looking for the last egg, and she realized Tommy had taken care of her last remaining baby, so that’s why she didn’t kill him.

    A lot of good lines already mentioned here. I won’t keep listing more, you’ve all seen it. Heh.

    Oh, just one:

    “Morning comes to cheap white trash.”


  • 136
    Zee says:

    I’m way late to the party, but I just had to add: This was the first MST3K episode I ever experienced, on the night it was originally broadcast. That one night changed the entire course of my life.


  • 137
    MonkeyPatrol:InColor says:


    Let me just add my voice to the echo chamber and say this is indeed a classic episode. \

    The riffing is pretty much 100% excellent throughout the whole movie, and a great example of the heights of genius the writers reached when they got right to the heart of the movie. I’m always at a loss as to how to explain it properly, but the best MST3K episodes are born out these conditions; it’s the difference between really creating an ongoing comedic arc and rhythm, and merely tossing out desultory jokes on what’s happening on the screen (which is usually what happens in lesser episodes).


  • 138
    Thomas K. Dye says:

    My last observation, at the end of the thread:

    One of the bits that makes me go “WHAT?!” is when Mr. I.T. Stinks shoots a bottle off the bar. When Molly comes in, her brother says the guy with the gun is crazy, and she seems to blame them BOTH (“What is the matter with you two?”) Lady, the old guy is your brother, and the guy with the gun is someone you’ve NEVER SEEN BEFORE. He could well be the Charles Manson of this group for all you know.


  • 139
    Warren says:

    Definitely a classic. More than watchable despite the downcast, foggy look, it won’t make me drowsy unless I’m sleep-deprived in the first place, something I could say about most episodes. Lots of classic bits, the whole “potatoes” bit really killed me the first time I saw it. Though the electronic music is far below the standard of, say, Vangelis’ BladeRunner score, it’s decent enough and works for this movie. The Chief-McCloud bit gets slightly annoying but not to the point where it really bothers me. Excellent host segments, TV’s Frank isn’t just good, he’s the BEST. Good memories for me, despite the fact that I didn’t see this episode until 2003.


  • 140
    Sitting Duck says:

    @ Graboidz #5: That was kind of my point. I simply brought up a couple of examples of combining two unusual elements which worked to emphasize how Pod People utterly failed at same.


  • 141
    trickymutha says:

    Wow- we just watched this last night in tandem with “Mole People”- it was “people night”

    Pod People works on every level for Joel and an evolving series. Tommy asks Trumpy to work on a jigsaw, well, this movie is a jigsaw that doesn’t fit- until J&TB bring the pieces to the table. Truly, Pod People delivers the laughs and unique feel that created MSTIES.

    As for Mole People- a drab B movie rescued only by M&TB and their astute observations on Shatner lite Agar, a throw away cast, stock footage and music and our own inner downness.


  • 142
    Ator In Flight says:

    I also watched this again last night on Netflix streaming.(59 episodes available including the movie as far as I know.) I don’t know,after seeing this movie so many times it’s starting to grow on me. It’s strangely relaxing,the music and all the fog. I would still LOVE to find the soundtrack to this movie.


  • 143
    MikeK says:

    Has anyone mentioned the callback to Gamera? When Tommy is walking in the woods Crow says, “God I hate Kenny.” Joel responds to Crow, “That’s not Kenny. We like this kid.”


  • 144
    Ator In Flight says:

    @143 Yeah I forgot about that. Excellent callback.

    I was thinking about where in America this was suppose to take place. They talk about going to “Cinder National Forest”,but I couldn’t find anything about it. Guess they made it up for the movie. It looks like Tommy has Boston Bruin and Red Sox pennants on his bedroom wall so I guess it was suppose to somewhere in New England.


  • 145
    Chris Lark says:

    @AtorInFlight – It looks like Tommy has Boston Bruin and Red Sox pennants on his bedroom wall so I guess it was suppose to somewhere in New England.
    —> Um wouldn’t Massachussets have mountain/forest areas to film in too or were they too expensive?

    Other questions that bugged me about “Pod People”:

    1. Why did Evil Trumpy (or Trumpy’s Mom or Dad?) kill the girls? I know why it killed the hunters but what did the ladies have to do with it?
    2. How the heck did Evil Trumpy/Trumpy’s parent get in the shower and the RV?! Also did it race ahead to the hunters’ cabin and kill them there or did it kill them in the forest and then just dump ’em in the cabin?


  • 146

    “Oh great, now we’re in Gumby.”

    This one’s a winner from start to finish. The riffing starts a little slow and drags a little right after the band hops in their RV, but once Trumpy shows up the laughs just keep coming. Trace’s “John Hurt as the Elephant Man” voice kills me every time and has moved into my vocal repertoire. The stop motion kookiness is the highlight of this one with killer joke after killer joke just layered on top of one another. The only bad thing I can say about the riffing is that Kevin is still doing that weird little chuckle after half his lines, and worst of all, he blatantly tries to sell a joke that doesn’t need selling (“Time to start camping. You dress up as Oscar Wilde and I’ll sing Noel Coward songs. Heh, heh – CAMPING, heh heh.” ). I have no clue why he does that, because it’s a pretty clever joke, and the added forcible sell ruins it.

    This is the rare early episode where EVERY host segment is a riot. The bots’ respective one-man-shows are a bit of a mixed bag (I love Tom’s and am mostly indifferent toward Crow’s, though I doubt the CIA has ever been compared to C.P.O Sharkey anywhere else), and Joel’s invention exchange is kind of lame, but everything else is gold (Gypsy’s being intentionally late throughout the whole of “Idiot Control Now,” the fact that their “Trumpy, you can do MAGIC things” moment didn’t look that much worse than the movie’s despite being able to see all the strings, the shots at Yanni, Servo’s Anthony Newley, Joel for reasons unexplained dismantling Crow, etc.). This is one I rewatch fairly often, and it probably won’t be coming out of my rotation any time soon.


  • 147
    SuperSwift says:

    Again, Sampo said this is a “sleeping pill” episode. Most of us think it’s top notch. Go figure.


  • 148
    Dan in WI says:

    I see a lot of people think the Chief? McCloed was run into the ground. The reason I like this bit (and Beef McLarge Huge) so much is that (unlike “are you ready for some football?”) is that it is changed up each and everytime. So I guess you could say it is repetitive but really it isn’t.


  • 149
    Jose chung says:

    #116 In spain, where the movie was filmed, supposedly the OK symbol is the same as giving someone the finger.


  • 150
    GizmonicTemp says:

    Chris Lark #145 – “Evil” Trumpy’s first encounter with a human was Norm Abrams swinging a stick AND he was raiding the hatchery, ergo he didn’t exactly do the human race any “peace and goodwill” favors.

    I imagine that Evil Trumpy (or, E.T. for short… WOW!) got into the house through the door with its telekinetic eyebeams. Either that or it pretended to be the good Trumpy, ate some peanuts, and then killed the girl in the shower.

    The hunters were resting in the cabin, E.T. found them and killed them.

    It’s just a show, you should really just relax.


  • 151
    Skiptastic says:

    This was the second MST3K episode I saw, right after Cave Dwellers. I moved from IL to IN and my new library had this on VHS. I borrowed the tape for two weeks and watched it 14 times. I love this episode. It’s a timeless classic…and a good friend.


  • 152
    Skiptastic says:

    PS. I still don’t understand the “Faruk Alatan? I went to school with Faruk Alatan!” joke (?) came from!


  • 153
    crowschmo says:

    ^^ Joel was probably commenting on the unusualness of the name, and instead twisting it around, like, hey, I know that guy. Didn’t EVERYONE go to school with a Faruk Alatan?


  • 154
    TrumpyDumpy says:

    Hey! My namesake came from this episode! Smile


  • 155
    Johnny Ryde says:

    I’d just like to point out that for Faruk Alatan the first Google auto-complete is “faruk alatan mst3k”. And the second is “faruk alatan school”. I love that.


  • 156
    fathermushroom says:

    I understand all the affection this episode generates… but only because my own personal favorites tend to come from my formative MST3K period, and a lot of people aren’t as crazy about those.

    I’m really not a Season Three MSTie, I guess.

    By the time I first saw this episode, I was already a SciFi MSTie by historical accident, and everything about the earlier seasons had a bit of a learning curve for me.

    So, not that big on “Pod People” myself. The Wacky Moving Stuff sketch lasts too long for me by 30 seconds. And, as noted, “Trumpy you can do stupid things!” arrives well before the original line in the script, which took my attention off the gag…. Oh well, you can see I’m just not On The Team for this episode.

    But I get why people love it.

    Go on, you kids, have fun.


  • 157
    dad1153 says:


    Today (June 15th) marks the 20th anniversary of the first time the MST3K “Pod People” episode aired on Comedy Central. Ironically, and unlike most TV episodes, more people have seen “Pod People” in repeats and home video than during its premiere episode back in 1991. Pray


  • 158
    Tom Carberry says:

    #113–the missing word is “mutant”.


  • 159
    Lex says:

    “…on rescue 911, a duck with an arrow through its neck.” Movie sign!

    I ordered this on a VHS from this I believe and I’m glad my VCR still works. Funny episode. I thought of this the other day because of that new Spielberg produced movie that supposidly has a bit of E.T. in it. I love the Mac and Me jokes and I barely saw any of that stupid film.

    “Move her spine around a lot.”

    “Wow, Trumpy, you can do stupid things.”

    That song that they said sounds like Ringo Starr

    The thing I remember about watching it on television was that there was some strange echo when the ‘evil trumpy’ burried itself. Maybe I’m thinking of a different film. I didn’t hear it on the VHS copy I have.

    “This potatoes got big ears.”


  • 160

    Nice blog great post


  • 161
    The Bolem says:

    First seeing the show via the MST Hour, I’m not sure which ep I first actually saw all the way through; maybe Space Travelers or The Amazing Colossal Man, but when I finally saw Pod People, like so many others here, that’s when I became a MSTie for life.

    This one has the most levels of nostalgia for me: Aside from the whole ’80s thing, at the time of that first viewing I’d just adopted a kitten that looked exactly like Tommy’s except for her eye color, so it got one foot in the door that way. But unlike other fever-dream movies, this one actually makes one nostalgic for past fever dreams, like that time you were home sick from first grade with a 102 degree temperature, and the local station you’d been watching cartoons on inexplicably showed “Devil Dog: The Hound From Hell” at 9:00 AM, and that just blurred right into Sesame Street at 11:00. Okay, not everyone experienced that, but likely half of us can look back on something comparable.

    The Spielbergian sense of wonder Pod People strives for is captured unintentionally by the audience’s sense of wonder at how the producers thought they could cash in on E.T. and Alien in the same movie.

    Have a lot of people here been tracking down copies of Mac & Me since that product-placement documentary came out? 1991 was also, coincidentally, the year Mac’s home planet of Klo was laid waste to. Sometimes the stars do indeed align.

    And oh how I wish I could un-watch Galaxy Invader, as the movie I imagined based on those FVI credits was just so much more fun. The only way I can fully recover from that one is if CT tears it to shreds.


  • 162
    Sitting Duck says:

    Pod People passes the Bechdel Test. Lara blithers about cooking while Cathy insults her at the campfire. Molly and Tracy talk about cooking. Cathy gets panicky while Sharon reacts with indifference before taking a shower.

    So has anyone ever managed to decipher what the lyrics of the song actually are?

    The white-haired poacher’s resemblance to Llorne Greene gets commented on. So it seems odd that they don’t also remark on Brian’s resemblance to Dirk Benedict.

    With Trumpy’s intensely blue eyes, I’m surprised there were no Dune riffs.

    Favorite riffs

    Pod people got no reason to live.

    Boldly backing away from where no man has gone before.

    Hear that? Sounds like Norm Abrams getting killed by a giant chicken.

    “Not a soul for miles, I suppose?”
    I’m not bringing mine.

    The Von Trapp Family Singers on the road.
    I hope they find some Nazis.

    Oh terrific. We were saved by the gates of Hell.

    That’ll go great in his alien mutant hellbeast from space collection.

    Have you been playing with the Gatekeeper again, Tommy?

    “You know, we have been very hard on her.”
    Yeah, but it’s a good chance to thin out the cast.

    My horoscope said you’d be stalked by a leather mug maker from a Renaissance festival.

    “With a good night’s rest, she’ll be as right as rain.”
    Yeah, that’s what cures a crushed spine.

    “You know what playing is, Trumpy?”
    Yes, it’s where I break you in half.

    Your breakfast is getting cold, and she’s not getting any warmer.

    Trumpy, you can do stupid things!


  • 163
    Terry the Sensitive Knight says:

    Geez, where to start? I don’t think there’s anything I need to say, this is truly one of the best episodes.

    “I think this is Movie D. D for DUMB.”


  • 164
    Terry the Sensitive Knight says:

    Some favorite riffs:

    “Tommy, can you hear me?”
    Can you feel me near you?

    (over shot of the meteor)
    Meanwhile, a few miles away.

    Oops, wrong bowl

    Sounded like Laura leaping to her death

    “This way!”
    What, do you smell her?

    The house of 1,000 foyers

    What is it about the gates of Hell that compels people to wander into them?

    She’s Zestfully dead!

    He’s stealing all the Nerf toast

    It’s Julie Andrews… AND SHE’S ON FIRE!

    “She lives on star?”
    Can she bring moonbeams home in a jar?

    Tommy, you quit warping time and space this instant!

    That’s the trumpiest-looking monster I’ve ever seen

    He’s gonna get his Presidential Fitness Award

    “If I were you I’d take the kid and get out of here!”
    Kid? What kid- OH MY GOD!!!


  • 165
    dsman71 says:

    Holy crap, its been 4 years since I was doing the comments on Joels Hair, Joels knees and therapy comments !!?!!? Grin Its been that long already ?? Life for me was certainly cushy in 2011.. a lot more than it is today sadly, but Im alive (although I lost my mom in 2012) and working ( a new job that I started this year after being laid off after over a decade of service to one place)
    Ah life………….. Smile


  • 166
    Zee says:

    “FVI used clips from a movie called “Galaxy Invader” for the titles. That movie would later be riffed by BOTH RiffTrax and Cinematic Titanic.”

    Cinematic Titanic didn’t riff “Galaxy Invader”, although they DID riff “Alien Factor” by the same director


  • 167
    senorpogo says:

    One of the all time greats.

    My bloodlust cannot be sated. The light trembling of a fawn as it lay dying in my arms… I’ve got to kill something, is what I’ve got to do. The helpless cough of a squirrel with a crushed face. That’s what life’s all about.


  • 168
    Cheapskate Crow says:

    I have to agree with Sampo on this one, I never thought it was the 5 stars many others did. It is definitely a fan favorite though, the people I used to watch MST with back when it was new all ranked this episode as one of their all time favorites.


  • 169
    schippers says:

    I see I was talking about Slugs four years ago. Cool! Let’s talk about it some more!

    Contains my favorite line in all bad moviedom: “You don’t have the authority to declare happy birthday!”

    Subsequent to my last post, I got into Shaun Hutson’s novels (he’s the English chap who wrote Slugs and its sequel, Breeding Ground). Also Guy N. Smith (killer crabs and about every other killer animal under the sun).

    Okay, now let’s talk about Pieces!

    Pieces is great! You should see Pieces!


  • 170
    Ator In Flight says:

    This has to be one of my favorite episodes because I actually like it and because I’ve seen it SO MANY times. It was the first episode I owned on VHS and one of the first on DVD, so it was one of the few options for me to watch for a long time. Also one of the first episodes I remember seeing on TV. A lot of fond memories. This isn’t a putdown, but Pod People is a good episode to fall asleep to, I find all that fog very peaceful.

    I used to own a copy of the unMST3K version of the movie and there didn’t seem to be to much they cut out. Now I can’t remember what the “virgin” guy says when they go back to the theater and I still have an obsession with that “Morrissey” song that’s playing when they are driving to the campsite in the RV. I was hoping the credits would list who wrote it or performed it, but no luck. I’ve been trying to find something out about it off and on for years and I can’t find anything. No big surprise, it’s pretty obscure even for the internet age.


  • 171
    Ator In Flight says:

    Okay I just found the promo soundtrack on YouTube and the song is called Sara and you can finally hear the lyrics. It looks like the song is by the guy who did the music, Libra Pastor. I ‘m still not sure who is singing. Man I gotta find a way to get that song on iTunes.


  • 172
    MSTie says:

    I’ve actually downgraded my opinion of Pod People slightly since I was drooling over it here four years ago. I give it 4 stars now instead of 5. Guess my tastes have changed a bit and I find other episodes funnier, but I still think it’s a great one to get noobs hooked on MST.


  • 173
    Trumpy's Dad says:

    One of the first MST3Ks we saw when my sister shared the VCR tape with us probably 1992/3. 5+ stars all the way. On first viewing my wife said Trumpy would be a great name for a dog. And 10 years later, we got a cocker spaniel and named it Trumpy! She could do magic – and stupid things. A great companion but not too obedient. But at least she was not a mass murderer – that we know of


  • 174
    touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    I never really “got” the Chief/McCloud thing, anyway. Obviously it’s a reference to the “McCloud” TV series, but I don’t understand the, for lack of a better word, relevance. Oh well.

    This episode allows me to again compare a cast of five young people to the slasher archetypes in Joss Whedon’s “The Cabin in the Woods”:

    Tracy: The Promiscuous One (I’m not going to call someone a “Whore,” that’s just mean)
    Brian: The Athlete
    Rick: The Scholar (he’s smart enough to survive the movie, anyway)
    Cathy: The Fool (there’s no other role open)
    Sharon: The Final Girl (self-explanatory)

    Laura doesn’t qualify because she’s an outsider in a pre-existing group.


  • 175
    Murdock Hauser says:

    This is a five star episode for me. I also agree, it’s a great episode to fall asleep to or watch while your sick. I remember when I was a teenager staying home from school with the worst flu ever, just looping “Pod People” over and over again.

    Also if there was ever a MST3K karaoke night I’d like sing “Idiot Control Now”. or “Rock ‘n Roll Martian”.


  • 176
    Droppo says:

    Sampo, I love you. Your contributions to the world of MST3K cannot be overstated.

    HOWEVER…..have you lost your freaking mind?!?!?!?

    Pod People is a Hall of Fame episode! And don’t give me your Sampo Theorem! This is an established fan favorite. How dare you, sir?!?

    I’m sorry. I’m OK. Really.

    “Idiot Control Now”?!?!? “He’s the best?!?!?” Trumpy?!?!?

    Have you lost your ever-lovin’……again, sorry.


  • 177
    Captain Cab says:

    Ah, Pod People, Film Venture’s magnum opus. I became a MSTie when I rented MST3K the movie shortly after it was released on VHS which was my first “episode.” The following year after (’96/97) we got DirecTV (no cable in the rural area we lived in) with Sci Fi and finally I was able to watch the show regularly. In late ’98 my mom bought a Rhino VHS box set and Pod People was one of them. It was my first CC era ep and also my first Joel episode, what a classic. Solid riffs that still get repeated by my friends and family, a truly unique, creepy and surreal little film that makes it a perfect choice and great skits. “McCLOUD!!!!”


  • 178
    insidemyhead says:

    This was the first episode I ever saw as well. We lived out in the country, but my grandma lived in town and had cable, and I spent a lot of time there. That might even have been during its first broadcast.

    Also, like many of the rest of you, this was one of the first episodes I had on VHS, and it was watched a LOT. A great episode, but repetition and familiarity has dulled the humor a bit.

    One of my favorite riffs that I haven’t seen mentioned above, I think said quietly by Servo, when they’re in the camper with the comatose girl and someone brings her a bottle of booze:

    “She obviously doesn’t need it.”


  • 179
    Mr. Krasker says:

    I’ve got to agree with Sampo regarding the movie. Darkness, fog, drowsy synth music. It’s like cinematic Sominex.

    That doesn’t make it a BAD episode, but for me it keeps it from being great.


  • 180
    pondoscp says:

    It’s Randy Travis from WKRP!
    MST3K, the show that keeps on giving. I’ve seen this episode countless times, but the WKRP riff stood out for me last night. It’s as if they keep going back and inserting new riffs, as I swear I’ve never heard that one before.


  • 181
    DirtyTerry says:

    If I were dying and could watch ONE more Joel episode, this would be it.


  • 182
    Johnny's nonchalance says:

    Sitting Duck:
    Pod People passes the Bechdel Test.

    Shut up shut up shut up shut up shut up!!!!!


    Stop the inane conversation.

    Enough with the test already.


  • 183
    Juice says:

    Not that it matters, but I think I may have just figured something out about the movie that has sort of bugged me. Think it’s possible that that huge, huge house may be a lodge of some sort, you know, for paying guests? I mean, it has a million doors, several bedrooms and one well stocked bar. I’ve been in actual bars that don’t have that many varieties of liquor. And, does anyone else think that this movie has one of the genuinely saddest endings of any of the episodes (along with “The Girl in Lovers Lane”)? Poor lil’ Trumpy. Alone. Forgotten. I just wish I could adopt him, that’s all.


  • 184
    unsung zero says:

    Huh. The green shade of the ‘Pod People’ title eerily matches the green ‘Volume XXXIII’ lettering on the upcoming DVD set. Neat.


  • 185
    EricJ says:

    Trumpy’s Dad:
    One of the first MST3Ks we saw when my sister shared the VCR tape with us probably 1992/3.5+ stars all the way.On first viewing my wife said Trumpy would be a great name for a dog.And 10 years later, we got a cocker spaniel and named it Trumpy!She could do magic – and stupid things.A great companion but not too obedient.But at least she was not a mass murderer – that we know of

    Watching it again, I had this crazy hypothesis whether the bad fuzzy homemade sound made us mishear “Trunky” (which would seem a more appropriate name), and the mistake was riffed into MST immortality, like Pile-On Pete.
    Unfortunately, I can’t find any solid evidence to back that up, as all the user-submitted data on the movie, even the original movie’s own IMDB page, seems to be provided by loyal MSTies. Proving once again that History Is Written By the Winners.

    (And “Hard to reach places” is a “Vaguely dirty” riff? It’s a vacuum cleaner joke!)


  • 186
    pondoscp says:

    “Movie: (1984) When some alien eggs hatch, it spells trouble for a pair of poachers, a vacationing singer and his entourage and an isolated family.”
    Entourage? Wait, is Vincent Chase in this! Razz

    But seriously, I discovered another movie with the kid from Pod People in it! It had something to do with elephants… (I kid you not) And of course, I didn’t keep the dvd (or even watch it), and now I see it’s not even listed on imdb. Whoops!


  • 187
    pondoscp says:
    Okay, so it’s not the kid. But an incredible simulation!


  • 188
    pondoscp says:

    Last post: I did fall asleep to this one last night, but that’s only because I started it at 3:30 am. I do love this episode. It’s so quintessential MST3K. So bizarre, so Trumpy!


  • 189
    Cornjob says:

    Wow. Three episodes in a row built around movies that are absolutely perfect for riffing. This film might be the goofiest to get the MST treatment. I could watch it without the riffing.

    I’ve watched Pod People enough times to that I think I can make out the plot, but the whole thing feels like it was edited with a blender and the different plot elements feel like they belong to completely different films, each of which would be silly enough on it’s own. And what the heck happened to Trumpy after he was abandoned in the forest.


  • 190
    touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    #188 This film might be the goofiest to get the MST treatment

    Yeah, it might be, but it isn’t. Not while “Hobgoblins” exists. It’s subjective, of course. Smile


  • 191
    Dave3k says:

    #162 Sitting Duck says:
    “Pod People passes the Bechdel Test.”

    I enjoy the info. Please keep it coming! Ignore the haters.


  • 192
    thequietman says:

    I wonder if we can make it to 200 comments for this one. Since I really only got into the show with the Sci-Fi years, this and “Eegah” were the episodes that really sold me on the Joel years. What can I say, this one is great from start to finish. Even when I didn’t get the references, the timing in this one is practically flawless. For example:

    Dr. F: What happens when you go to your favorite karaoke bar and play “I Want to Know What Love Really Is” by Foreigner?
    Frank: People vomit?

    I’ve never heard the song, but that makes me laugh every time.

    Watching again this week I kept finding new things to laugh at, such as the Mads’ grimaces for “Ave Maria” and Joel’s explanation about the usefulness of New Age music: “It’s a great way to make a lot of money without a big initial investment!”

    So yes, this one joins episodes like “Werewolf” and “The Final Sacrifice” as one I’d take to the desert island.


  • 193
    Dan in WI says:

    #162 Sitting Duck says:
    “Pod People passes the Bechdel Test.”

    I enjoy the info. Please keep it coming! Ignore the haters.

    I’ll second this sentiment. I have a certain amount of curiosity on this as well.
    And it’s not like Sitting Duck is a one trick posting pony. He generally has pretty well thought out posts and the Bechdel Test is only one aspect of his posts. MST is just a show and we should really just relax. Meanwhile the Bechdel Test post is just a single weekly post amongst 100+ posts. We should really just relax.


  • 194
    insidemyhead says:

    Bechdel Test updates from Sitting Duck? We like it very much! Keep it up, please! It brings something to the discussion of the movie that no other post does.

    (However, I AM fascinated by the thought of someone being so bothered by it, and what it reveals about the inner workings of their mind.)


  • 195
    Sitting Duck says:

    Why thank you!

    Another MST3K project I’ve been working on concerns an age-old conundrum. Certain people (you know who they are) claim that Joel era host segments were always about the movie, while Mike-era host segments consisted of irrelevant navel-gazing. This is at best a gross exaggeration, but I began to wonder how many host segments actually were relevant to the film. So I’ve been keeping track of these as I rewatch episodes. Of course I have a few criteria. First off, I’m not counting the KTMA host segments, since these were never about the movie (at least not to my recollection). Also, I’ll only be counting host segments that occur after the first movie sign. In the majority of the cases, it’ll be obvious whether or not a host segment has a connection to the movie. But there are some which can be ambiguous. For these cases, I’ll be following two rules of thumb. If it starts off being about the movie but goes off on a weird tangent, it will count. An example of this would be the Scary Seafood from Bride of the Monster. If some element of the film gets briefly mentioned but is otherwise irrelevant, it will not count. An example of this would be Crow’s audio diary from Hellcats, where it briefly comes to light that Crow is trying to record over himself singing the Hellcats theme. Results will be out whenever I get done.

    And just to be clear, host segments about the shorts will count.


  • 196
    Thom Sirveaux says:

    What’s with the “I’m a virgin” t-shirt? Was that a fad at the time?


  • 197
    Thom Sirveaux says:

    ^ Some kind of a religious thing? A statement on the tragic death of an inexperienced youth?


  • 198
    EricJ says:

    Dr. F: What happens when you go to your favorite karaoke bar and play “I Want to Know What Love Really Is” by Foreigner?
    Frank: People vomit?

    I’ve never heard the song, but that makes me laugh every time.

    For those with airplane bags handy:

    Thom Sirveaux:
    What’s with the “I’m a virgin” t-shirt? Was that a fad at the time?

    Presumably a t-shirt from Virgin Records/Airways, which were both trendy at the time, and had nothing to do with amateurish halfhearted 70’s stereotypes.
    (The cellphone company came later.)


  • 199

    I still think the hippie girl was a babe.

    That’s a problem I have with these kinds of movies. The cutest girl never makes it. “The Atomic Brain” is one of few exceptions.


  • 200
    Cornjob says:

    Do check out the movie Pieces to see Mr. “It Stinks” sustain a particularly gruesome groin injury.


  • 201
    Cornjob says:

    Re: “I want to know what love is”: It Stinks.


  • 202
    touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    The movie was a French/Spanish production, so why was the “virgin” shirt in English?

    Something theoretically, moderately interesting about “Pieces” is that FORTY YEARS passed between the killer’s traumatic childhood moment and his contemporary (well, 1982) killing spree. Some pots really take a long time to boil, I guess.

    Although “Pieces” is a slasher film, its victim roster apparently (I’ve only read about it, I haven’t seen it) lacks a pre-existing group dynamic and is thus immune to classification by “Cabin” archetypes.


  • 203
    Cornjob says:

    Does anyone have any idea what the Big Dipper jewels on the victims’ forehead meant. Did the alien’s home world have a Big Dipper constellation too?


  • 204
    thequietman says:

    I’m guessing that would be the case, since when I watched the episode this time around I noticed in the shot of Tommy’s star chart (Servo: What, she’s from Rand McNally?) the Big Dipper is surprisingly prominent.

    What still can’t figure out is how evil Trumpy is actually killing his victims. He just waddles up, whacks the person with that plastic hand/claw thing, and down they go.


  • 205
    Sitting Duck says:

    touches no one’s life, then leaves:
    The movie was a French/Spanish production, so why was the “virgin” shirt in English?

    Probably because it appears to take place in America (the picture of Reagan in the ranger cabin implies this).


  • 206
    Cornjob says:

    “Now we can kill game in peace and quiet”.

    Great line. Was someone trying to be ironic? It’s not often that you get the words “peace”, “quiet”, and “kill” in the same sentence. I’m put in mind of an old Monty Python sketch that began with Graham Chapman saying, “I like animals. And that’s why I like to kill them.” in that perfect military deadpan he did so well.


  • 207
    touches no one's life, then leaves says:


    Oh, so France and Spain will make a movie like this, a cross between “E.T.” and the works of Don “Galaxy Invader” Dohler, they just don’t want it to take place in THEIR countries. I see. Hmmmph.

    (Is that how you spell a Marge Simpson “Hmmmph”? Is there a consensus on that?)


  • 208
    Terry the Sensitive Knight says:

    I’m guessing that would be the case, since when I watched the episode this time around I noticed in the shot of Tommy’s star chart (Servo: What, she’s from Rand McNally?) the Big Dipper is surprisingly prominent.

    I’ve noticed that too. They still don’t resolve why that has any meaning, though.


  • 209
    Ator In Flight says:

    I forgot one of my favorite parts is when Frank rolls his eyes at the mention of Foghat. Here is the link to the Pod People soundtrack so now you can hear the full version of Hear The Engines Roll. You’re welcome.


  • 210
    EricJ says:

    Ator In Flight:
    Here is the link to the Pod People soundtrack so now you can hear the full version of Hear The Engines Roll. You’re welcome.

    Hate to admit, I’d always sort of liked parts of the Cheesy Homemade Horror Synth soundtrack, although he’s no John Carpenter/Alan Howarth.
    Shame we can’t have isolated tracks, so we can get the cuddly Vangelis-esque Boy & His Hellbeast love theme (0:00-3:00), without the Archies songs.
    (The You Can Do Stupid Things track seems to be missing, as it was probably library anyway.)


  • 211
    CJBeiting says:

    Does anybody have the full lyrics to Joel’s version of the “Idiot Control” song?


  • 212
    Cornjob says:

    The toy robot that alarms Trumpy has a cameo in The Kentucky Fried Movie


  • 213
    Sitting Duck says:

    Does anybody have the full lyrics to Joel’s version of the “Idiot Control” song?

    Right here.


  • 214
    Into The Void says:

    Hands down my all-time favorite episode.


  • 215
    Captain Cab says:

    I also forgot to say that a few months ago I watched about the first 30 min of the Spanish version of the actual movie and was it originally done in Spanish or was it Italian? Because I’m not exaggerating when I say that the English version dub, cheesy as it is, sounds 100X more natural and much better than listening to the Spanish language track which is one of the most awful, earsplittingly badly done dubs I have ever listened to. Both the male and female voices sound really unnatural and don’t match and Timmy sounds like a screechy, bad voice actor from a really crummy anime dub from the 80s/90s. Was it a case of them losing the track like Manos? And ditto on the whole subplot with “big dipper” markings left on the victims’ foreheads and also never understood the point of the scene with foreboding music when Trumpy sneaks out of the closet to use Timmy’s telescope and then sees a constellation or galaxy that seems to be “signaling” him. Guess either they ran out of budget or the director and screenwriter were both too lazy to follow through on those points? Also ditto on how cheap and lame it is that Anti-Trumpy is able to insta-kill all of his victims either with a sloppy jab to the stomach (or elbow to the face as in Burt the poacher’s case) or simply by throwing them.


  • 216
    Bruce Boxliker says:

    Late to the party this week, I was busy flying over trout.

    Like a few others, I like this episode a lot, but it’s not one of my favorites (at least not in the top 20). It is pretty sleepy, what with the new-age soundtrack and all.
    I’m pretty sure Dark Trumpy (Darth Trumpy?) kills because the first Human he/she/it meets kills it’s siblings(?) and tries to capture & hurt it, too. That might color your opinions of the entire Human race, so he/she/it decides to kill all Humans around the area. The exact mechanics of those killings? Not a clue.

    @162 – Sitting Duck – The white-haired poacher’s resemblance to Llorne Greene gets commented on. So it seems odd that they don’t also remark on Brian’s resemblance to Dirk Benedict.

    I think a certain later episode clues us in that NO ONE at BBI had ever seen the original Battlestar Galactica. Probably not A-Team, either. The Llorne Greene connection was probably from Bonanza.

    Hey, carbon scoring on my droid!


  • 217
    70's run on car says:

    the kitten’s ” This can’t be good” is perfect. topic; lines that fit animals expressions, My vote is for
    Leech Woman monkey, “Why I never”.


  • 218
    Blonde Russian Spy says:

    Thom Sirveaux:
    What’s with the “I’m a virgin” t-shirt? Was that a fad at the time?

    The t-shirt I remember seeing had “I’m a Virgin” in big letters at the top, and underneath in smaller letters it said “This is an old t-shirt.”


  • 219
    unsung zero says:

    touches no one’s life, then leaves:

    Oh, so France and Spain will make a movie like this, a cross between “E.T.” and the works of Don “Galaxy Invader” Dohler, they just don’t want it to take place in THEIR countries. I see. Hmmmph.

    (Is that how you spell a Marge Simpson “Hmmmph”? Is there a consensus on that?)

    I always thought of Marge making an annoyed or angry sigh, and spelled as “Hrrmmm…”


  • 220
    Sitting Duck says:

    @ #216: If you’re referring to Space Mutiny there, it could just be that Trace and/or Frank were the ones familiar with Battlestar Galactica. Though upon reflection, noting the guy’s resemblance to Andy Travis of WKRP was more intuitive, seeing as how the scene was in a recording studio.


  • 221
    Rob says:

    I remember, back before Youtube in the early 2000s, looking through a bin of VHS tapes at a drugstore and finding this. Back then, with the show off the air, that was one of the few ways to find episodes that you hadn’t seen. The best lines were Trumpy’s lines about potatoes.


  • 222
    schippers says:

    #202 – WHY haven’t you seen Pieces?

    Anyway, the victims in the movie are almost all (basically) anonymous college girls. The film doesn’t give them the luxury of even perfunctory characterization.

    We do know they like smoking pot and f______g on a waterbed, though.


  • 223
    touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    I read about way more movies than I watch. It’s less time-consuming.


  • 224
    Cornjob says:

    The Grandad in Lost Boys didn’t need to watch TV because he read TV guide.


  • 225
    touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    And if I didn’t read about movies, I probably wouldn’t know anything at all about “Pieces.” I don’t know where I first read about it but I know that I’ve never watched it so I must have only learned of its existence BY reading about it so, y’know, Q.E.D. OSLT. Wink


  • 226
    Richard the Lion-Footed says:

    • Also, a lot people had no idea who McCloud was. Dennis Weaver, we hardly knew ye.


    Given the average age of the viewing audience at this time I would have thought McCloud would be as well known as Mork & Mindy. It was probably the logiest running of the NBC Mystery Movies, starting, I believe, back when it was “Phase Four.” (Now how it THAT for a vague reference !!! ) CBS reran it thought the 70s after 11:30 pm before they got into the late night talk show biz and A&E ran it as part of their morning mystery theater. (Along with McMillan & Wife and Bancek)


  • 227
    Captain Cab says:


    Speaking of McCloud, I was finally able to watch it for the first time a few months ago thanks to MeTV and their “Late Night Mystery” lineup. Actually pretty solid show, it’s inherently cheesy but it’s great fun. I also didn’t even know about McMillan & Wife (which in my opinion is cheesier and than McCloud and downright awkward and hammy sometimes with how the characters act) and Banacek’s existence until MeTV which are also in the same basic semi-rotation with Columbo. All I knew of Banacek was the occasional riff they would throw on it but had no idea it was a George Peppard show.


  • 228
    Richard the Lion-Footed says:

    Netflix has McMillan & Wife as part of their streaming lineup.
    They also have Colombo but Bananek is only available by disk and it is the edited “Hallmark Channel” editions not the original full show.


  • 229
    PanTang says:

    I don’t even like coffee



  • 230
    mnenoch says:

    The second Joel episode I ever saw. It too was one of the early releases on tape that I saw in 1997. The songs are great in this episode and I love the ending scene. The movie is a big of a yawner for me but the riffing still holds up. It certainly is odd that they were making a horror movie and then interjected a bit of E.T. into it. Not in my top 20 list but this is still a great episode. Some of my favorite lines come from this episode.