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Episode 512- Mitchell, Fully Annotated

Our pals at The Annotated MST site have joined forces with our pals at Shout!Factory to present this, the fully annotated version of episode 512- MITCHELL.

Bad Movie Thursdays in Scranton

For folks in Northeastern Pennsylvania, the Scranton Cultural Center will again present Bad Movie Thursdays with MST3K – hosted by yours truly — Thursday at 7 p.m. (Cocktails start at 6.) The month we’ll be rushing the Halloween season with episode 604- ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE.
More info here. If you live in the area, or are visiting, join us, won’t we?

Weekend Discussion Thread: Best Eps for When You’re Sick

I’ve had a low-grade summer cold for about two weeks, and that has mutated into awful post-nasal drip that has given me a hacking cough for about a week. So I’m sick.

And it occurred to me that I’m constantly seeing tweets to the effect of: “I’m sick, so I’m curling up in bed with MST3K.”

So what is your favorite episode to watch when you feel crappy?

Me, I gotta go with “Daddy-O.” All the energy and music, it takes my mind off my ills.

What’s your pick?

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Episode guide: K18- The Million Eyes of Sumuru

Movie: (1967) A pair of CIA agents are assigned to stop a female supervillain’s plans to take over the world.

First shown: 5/7/89
Opening: Joel gets back inside the ship, only to be mocked by the Mads
Host segment 1: After Joel disciplines Crow and Servo, he finds out where Gypsy has been
Host segment 2: Joel tries to do a courtroom sketch, but Crow and Servo are too busy doing stream-of-consciousness game show riffs
Host segment 3: In answer to Servo’s question, Joel does an acoustic version of the last lines of the theme song, with Servo harmonizing
End: Even though his mouth is broken, Servo gives fan club information
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (76 votes, average: 3.83 out of 5)

• Servo only watches the first half of the movie with Joel and Crow, opting instead to “bake muffins.” Presumably Josh had to be somewhere else that day.
• Apart from the show’s opening credits, host segment 2 is the last time we see Gypsy in the KTMA era.
• This is, I think, the first time in the series that a plot from a previous set of host segments is picked up immediately in the following show (something they would do again in the season eight story arcs). This prompts them to use the old “Previously…!” bit (which they would parody many years later). Note the use of the “Fugitive Alien” music in the background.
• Joel suggests the show could be around for another “three to 12 weeks.” Turns out it was the former.
• As soon as I saw the name “Sax Romer” in the credits, I immediately detected the stench of o/` Harry Alan Towerrrrrs!!! o/` Yep, the madman who gave us the nightmare that was “Castle of Fu Manchu.” And it has very much the same feel–Sumuru is pretty much a female Fu Manchu. It also feels like they’re using some of the same locations, but I could be imagining things.
• Yes, our star is none other than George Nader of “Robot Monster” and “Human Duplicators.” If your gaydar went off while watching him, it is well tuned. Nader was a very popular actor in the late 1950s and was about to achieve stardom when a tabloid threatened to expose his gay relationship. With no chance for roles in Hollywood, Nader acted in grade-B films produced in Europe (like this one). Which means that in this movie, as Crow would say, we get several scenes of George REALLY acting. Not that there’s anything wrong with it!
• It’s early May and it’s getting nice out in the Twin Cites. It’s 67 degrees after the first host segment.
• They always did the host segments before the movie theater scenes, as is referenced in this episode: Servo announces he won’t be staying for second half and Joel asks him to just be present for the host segments. He replies “I wouldn’t miss it. I feel like they’re already done.”
• Wow, this is a terrible, washed-out, pan-and-scan print, which Crow comments on several times.
• As many people have observed. Josh seemed to thrive most in the ad-lib atmosphere of the KTMA era, and Servo’s absence is definitely felt in the second half.
• Then current event reference: “Cold fusion experiments.”
• The characters in the movie break the fourth wall a few times. The worst one is when Frankie says “I wonder if this is where I’m supposed to sing…nah.” Joel calls him on it and Crow keeps bringing it up.
• Cast and Crew Roundup: Producer Harry Alan Towers also produced “Castle of Fu Manchu” and “Outlaw” and, under the pseudonym Peter Welbeck, wrote the stories for both. Director Lindsay Shonteff also directed “Devil Doll.” Art director Scott MacGregor also worked on “Moon Zero Two” and “Fire Maidens from Outer Space.” In front of the camera, George Nader was also in “Robot Monster” and “The Human Duplicators.”
• Fave riff: “Where do I get socks like yours?” Honorable mention: “Oh, they brought their autoharp with them.”

Joel Interview

Alex Biese at the Asbury Park Press (who likes to write about MST3K-related news) interviews Joel ahead of his appearance in suburban Philadelphia this weekend.

Not too much new here for anybody who has been following the “possible reboot” story, but some interesting details.

Joel in Suburban Phila. This Weekend

Upcoming appearances by Joel include:

September 27, RetroCon at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa. Joel signs autographs, and does a Q and A

October 18, Tide Water Comicon, Virginia Beach, Va. – Joel signs autographs, does a Q and A and performs “Riffing Myself.”

October 24-26, Chiller Theater Expo Parsippany, N.J. – Joel signs autographs, does a Q and A and performs “Riffing Myself.”

Two Items

Two things that might have escaped your notice:

1. Hold on to your hat for this one. Trace and Joel, along with Firesign Theatre’s Phil Proctor and former-co-host-of-“Mr. Show”-turned-major-TV-star Bob Odenkirk, provided voice talents for an overdub of something called “A Belly Full of Anger,” which has to be seen to be believed. This apparently was done some time ago, but I just stumbled onto a mention of it on Twitter yesterday, so I may be the last to know about this. Here’s a trailer, which definitely captures the flavor. The voice work is awesome. The movie … well, I think I’ll just say that I think it’s over my head. You can rent or buy the thing at Amazon Instant here.

2. And, coming Jan. 31, “The Comic Galaxy of Mystery Science Theater 3000: Twelve Classic Episodes and the Movies They Lampoon” by Chris Morgan. For what it’s worth.

Podcast with Joel, Frank and Trace

Direct from DragonCon, our pal Ken Plume moderates a panel with Joel, Frank and Trace called “Reel Crime.”

Linda Griffiths, RIP

linda-griffiths-lg TORONTO–Actor and playwright Linda Griffiths died Sept. 21, at the Bridgeport Health Center here, after a battle with breast cancer. She said she was 57, but those close to her says she was actually 60. MSTies will remember her performance as Appollonia James in the movie in episode 822- OVERDRAWN AT THE MEMORY BANK.

The Globe and Mail has an obit.

Thanks to Jon for the heads up.