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Weekend Discussion Thread: rough draft of the Season 12 episode guide: 1203- Lords of the Deep

Movie: (1989) The crew members of an undersea laboratory weren’t expecting an attack from the inhabitants of an undiscovered world.

Open: Jonah is in Moon 13, working on the containment vessel. The boneheads are chasing the Crow and Tom around. Jonah is scooped up and deposited on the SOL.
In the invention exchange, J&tB unveil the hand dryer air hockey table. The Mads have invented motion-capture drone probes.
Segment 1: Crow and Tom have invented a goop that causes Jonah to relive shameful memories.
Segment 2: Tom and Crow settle a dispute through rhyme. Meanwhile, Kinga and Max tease a post-movie segment
Close: After some discussion of the movie by J&tB, we switch to Moon 13, where we meet Donna St. Phibes of the Habitat for B-Movie Monsters, who has a Lord of the Deep.
Stinger: The alien gets friendly.

Thoughts:
• J&tB have a fanboy conversation about “Dr. Who.”
• The “Trippy Blob” song (which I very much liked) was written by Paul and Storm.
• I believe this is first time in the history of the show that an episode has opened with the host and the bots on the same set as the Mads. It’s also the first time the vacuum tubes have sucked Jonah up from Moon 13 and landed him on the SOL.
• The Boneheads were played by Tim Ryder, Zach Thompson and Deanna Rooney.
• Yet another self reference
• I believe (please correct me if I have it wrong) it’s Growler who comes in from the left, makes one riff, and skedaddles.
• Callback: Buh-boom (Atlantic Rim).
• Is it me or were there a lot of Seinfeld references in this one?
• Fave riff: “I like my oxygen fat.” Honorable mention: “The ‘excuse me while I get my phone and go into the bathroom for like 10 minutes.’”

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Weekend Discussion Thread: rough draft of the Season 12 episode guide: 1202- Atlantic Rim

Movie: (2013): When giant monsters crawl out of the Atlantic Ocean and attack the Eastern Seaboard, the U.S. government is forced to trust a trio of mischievous soldiers who specialize in piloting gigantic robots, to defend America.

Open: Intruder alert at Gizmonic Institute! Meanwhile, in the invention exchange, Growler helps out as J&tB show off their inflatable air dancer organ. Max demonstrates “supposi-stories.”

Segment 1: With the bots dressed in mech suits, the Mads demand a new song in the spirit of “Every Country Has a Monster.” Growler and M. Waverly and Gypsy help with “Get in Your Mech.”

Segment 2: Dressed like they are at an awards dinner, J&tB explain how they got their medals.

Close: Jonah wants to do some day drinking, but the bots suggest they pour out a little — actually kind of a lot.

Stinger: Red tells his tale. Buh-boom!

The New Normal: Growler and M. Waverly, once considered one-hit wonders, are now fixtures, including making regular appearances in the theater.
For example, as Gypsy arrives, M. Waverly comes in from the left, makes one riff and scurries back out. Later there is another incursion into the theater, also by M. Waverly, I think. This is typical for the rest of this season.

Thoughts:
• I know a bit about old bad movies but I don’t really keep close track of the new bad ones, so while I had heard of “Pacific Rim” and that it was bad, I had not heard of Asylum. But apparently others had, because I recall the announcement that one of theirs was going to be riffed filled some MSTies with trepidation.
• Are we ever going to find out what that “intruder alert” was about?
• A bonehead (Tim Ryder, I think?) helps out Max with invention exchange.
• A bit of self-referencing going on in this episode: At movie sign, J&tB are sining “Patrick Swayze Christmas.” Later Max says: “It stinks! And not in the joke way.” Still later, in the theater, they say a minor character in the movie looks like “Joel Hodgson.”
• The song was another gem from Paul & Storm.
• Callback: “Packers!” (Giant Spider Invasion.)
• Catchphrases: “Bull butter!” and “Buh-boom!”
• Fave riff: “This one’s more of a landscaping issue.” “What with the streets clogged with corpses and all…”

Weekend Discussion Thread: Rough Draft of the Season 12 Episode Guide: 1201- Mac and Me

I will begin with only a brief personal note. Yes, I am aware this has been a long time in coming. I have been ill and my responsibilities have been enormous, crowding out other things I might rather be doing, like this. But I do want to get this done. I may not do this in six straight weeks, but I will try. In the meantime, please keep sending WDT suggestions.
Okay, off we go with :::makes gesture::: The Gauntlet.

Intro: Joel, ever the trend spotter, picks up on the “binge watching” zeitgeist and offers us fewer episodes, but shows that blend into on another and become one giant riff. Let’s begin.

Movie: (1988) In this blatant ripoff of E.T. filled with shameless product placement, a family of aliens is transported to Earth, much to the surprise of a newly arrived California family.

Open: The bots have rigged “Back Up Travel Cambot” to a pneumatic system.
Jonah, feared dead at the end of last season, is alive! And nobody cares to hear about his miraculous escape.
From Moon 13, Max and Kinga introduce the “Gautlet” concept.
In the invention exchange, The mads have created a smartness drug with terrible side effects. J&tB have created a cross between Spam and Pez, Spez.
Segment 1: Jonah tries to communicate by whistling. Max and Synthia and Crow and Tom try their best.
Segment 2: Crow and Jonah and Gypsy present a birthday party at McDonah’s. Kinga and Max try to join in.
Close: J&tB are complaining when all three are sucked up and deposited in Moon 13. The Mads need Jonah to create six more holes for film canisters.
Stinger: The alien family goes shopping.
The new normal: Two internal host segments instead of three. For the first time, Crow and Tom get sucked up in the vacuum tubes.
Thoughts:
• There’s a good deal of manhandling with Kinga and Max, but they also seem to have become a little more equal.
• When word got out that “Mac and Me” was to be riffed, I was amazed at the fan reaction. Sure, I’d suffered through it before, but I mostly remembered that it was stupid. But for a lot of MSTies, it was like they woke up on Christmas morning to the exact thing that they had asked Santa for.
• “Flush them the movie,” Kinga says. That’s new.
• This movie gave us an already-familiar catchphrase: “Pretty nice!”
• The product placement is relentless. Coke pops up early, McDonalds a little later.
• Naughty riff: Spiderman me, mom.”
• Callbacks: Watch out for snakes!” (Eegah.) McCloud!
• Whoa, slam on Jugaloes outa nowhere!
• In a strange moment, the doctor, without consulting the mom, gives Eric a bottle of sedatives.
• Eden Prairie gets a shout out.
Fave riff: “I wanna see the movie this composer THOUGHT he was scoring.” Honorable mention: “This is like a Pixar movie, in that exists and has a title.”

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