Trace was the guest
on a recent Voice of the Republic podcast.
…begins, as it often does, with our pal Erich Asperschlager at DVDVerdict.com
Our pal Bruce Westbrook has a review.
DVD Corner has an unsigned review.
We’ll update this post as new reviews come in.
At long last we are able to give you correct information about the rumors that have been running rampant on the web. RiffTrax is coming to TV
RiffTrax has created three hour-long specials that will debut on the NatGeo cable channel Tuesday, April 1, beginning at 8 p.m. eastern and Pacific (and then will repeat a number of times).
Called “Total Riff Off,” the three shows are “Killer Shrimp ‘N Friends,” “Demon Bat” and “A Guy and a Goose.” Each installment will run twice that night.
Will there be more? I would guess that would have something to do with the ratings.
Here’s the official NatGeo press release:
Don’t be alarmed when you turn on National Geographic Channel (NGC) on April Fools’ Day and see a mantis shrimp talking about its dinner or bloodthirsty monsters being compared to celebrities. We’ve just decided to have a little fun this year.
For the first time, National Geographic Channel has teamed up with RiffTrax, the movie and television commentary group created by the guys responsible for “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” So what does this mean? Your favorite Nat Geo programming with some unconventional commentary worked in around the narration and dialogue — three hours of it. Total Riff Off premieres Tuesday, April 1, from 8 to 11 p.m. ET/PT only on NGC. For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com/totalriffoff and follow us on Twitter at @NGC_PR.
After “Mystery Science Theater 3000″ went off the air, Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett continued to receive requests from fans to revive the show in some form. And so grew RiffTrax, a website where fans can download commentary to play along with their favorite movies or television shows. And National Geographic Channel has booked them for one night only.
In Total Riff Off, it’s all about the animals, but not as you’re used to seeing them on Nat Geo. RiffTrax takes on the honey badger, mantis shrimp and geographer’s cone snail of Bad@$$ Animals. These seriously unsuspecting creatures are funnier than you might think.
The guys then work their commentary magic on some unlikely relationships between man and his animals — in one instance a goose and in the other, a seal — in segments from Unlikely Animal Friends. And they get their hands on a segment from My Dog Ate What? to riff about a pup with an affinity for thongs.
Finally, riffers Nelson, Murphy and Corbett add their hilarious commentary to an episode of Man v. Monster. Imagine the jokes when they sink their teeth into host Richard Terry’s suspenseful hunt for an elusive flesh-eating bat.
At the end of the three hours of Total Riff Off, you may be a little wiser and you may have even learned a thing or two. You will definitely have had a fun ride listening to RiffTrax have a little April Fools’ Day fun with some of NGC’s already entertaining programming.
In the absence of full information from either RiffTrax or the NatGeo (there was a set rollout date), many news sites went with a tiny bit of information, and a few sites even promised “The return of MST3K” or “A new version of MST3K.” This created a lot of excitement. There were posts from people talking about how happy they were going to be to see Tom Servo and Crow again, etc. This is not going to be that, it was never intended to be that, and if you know somebody who thinks that’s what’s happening, please gently disabuse them of this notion.
…Thursday, July 10. No word on what they’ll be riffing yet.
The episodes in the next volume of episodes from Shout!Factory are:
113- The Black Scorpion
519- Outlaw (Of Gor)
901-The Projected Man
1010- It Lives By Night
WDT regular Sue, who is becoming a font of thread ideas, suggests:
My idea is: Switcheroo! If you could exchange one character in any MSTed movie for another, who would they be? I mean whom would they be? To make things more appropriate, funnier, weirder, whatever-er.
I’d switch out Ben Murphy’s Sam in “Riding with Death” for Bruce Mitchell’s Rowsdower in “The Final Sacrifice.” Sam would be much better at dealing with the black-hooded thugs of wild Alberta and would be a better role model for Troy, while Rowsdower would be right at home with the CB radios, truckers, redneck car races, honky-tonks, and of course Jim Stafford’s Buffalo Bill.
What’s your pick?
Chaz Kangas of the L.A. Weekly talks to Joel
about the music of MST3K.
Movie: (1984) A Texas sheriff winds up on the island of Malta in pursuit of the criminal that killed his partner.
First shown: June 20, 1999
Opening: Tom considers the unexplored implications of the song “Owner of a Lonely Heart”
Intro: M&tB are plagued by Yes orchestra hits; Pearl encourages humor in the workplace
Host segment 1: M&tB demonstrate to Pearl how repeating the same sequence can be annoying
Host segment 2: Crow and Tom encounter cute little Goosio. It doesn’t go well
Host segment 3: Crow’s report on Malta includes a good deal of slander on the subject of Maltese men
End: Having suffered through a really bad Joe Don Baker movie, Mike assumes it’s his turn to escape. He’s wrong, the poor dope. Meanwhile, Funny Dress-Up Day at Castle Forrester takes a horrifying turn
Stinger: “Yew think yew kin take me? Go ‘head on. It’s yer move”
• I have to put this one in the fair-to-good column. Unfortunately, there’s no way to avoid a comparison between this ep and the “Mitchell,” episode and unfortunately this one doesn’t measure up to that classic. The riffing definitely has its moments, but they have trouble sustaining a constant level of funny. The movie itself is serviceable and certainly Joe Don’s character is a bit less gross than it was in “Mitchell,” but it’s also a bit less unintentionally zany. In addition, the segments are more miss than hit this time around, but the final segments save the day.
• Mike’s thoughts are here.
• This episode is included in Shout’s Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Vol XIV.
• Callback: “Stop drinking baby oil!”
• The opening features more Yes bashing. My theory: The only way you could be this anti-Yes is by having BEEN a Yes fan at some point and since repented. I’m looking in Kevin’s direction.
• Last time I said I didn’t understand the riff “Let’s talk loudly about our SUVs.” Commenters explained it to me.
• Segment 1 seems a little picky to me, like they couldn’t find anything else to comment on. The footage reuse is pretty mild compared to similar instances in other movies. All in all, I can’t get behind the premise.
• Segment 2 is a bit better, and it explains why Mike takes the time to pointedly refer to Goosio by name during the riffing–he was setting up this bit.
• Of course that’s Mike sat the voice of Goosio; Patrick was doing the rather elaborate “technical puppetry.”
• Mike has the broken Goosio in the theater following the segment
• Obscure reference: Perini Scleroso (a hilarious character invented by SCTV’s Andrea Martin).
• Mike, apparently still channeling Joel after his visit, does a very Joelesque bit in the theater when he stands up and appears to be running from the car in the movie.
• Again, I find it amusing that microbrewery aficionado Mike is seen drinking Bud.
• Also in the theater, Servo twice leaps off his theater seat when somebody says “Geronimo.”
• Segment 3 goes back to the “pointlessly bash a nationality” thing they’ve had some success with in the past, but I don’t think this works as well this time. Also: Mike knows how to rewire Crow?
• Then-still-slightly current reference: “Christian Slater’s gonna fly tomorrow I better get this back to him.” For those who’ve forgotten, Slater stupidly showed up at JFK airport in December 1994 with a gun in his carry-on and was arrested.
• Yet another fun closing credits bit, as Crow and Tom come up with new gluttonous lyrics for the theme music.
• Nice moment at the end of the last theater segment as Mike leaves early and Tom has to figure a way out of the theater by himself. “What do I do??” He runs left as Cambot pulls away. Somehow he manages.
• The final bit, of course, is the best of the episode and brings the entire episode up from fair to good. A lot of nice little touches in a great parody of Joel’s farewell. One small nitpick, though: “…an escape pod SHE hid…”?? Gypsy did not hide the escape pod in the box of hamdingers. I remember immediately after this episode first aired there was a long nerdy Comic Book Guyesque discussion of this goof on most of the web forums.
• As if the ending bit on the SOL wasn’t funny enough, that bit is further topped by the appearance of Bill’s in full leatherboy regalia. Classic.
• Cast and crew roundup: Executive producer Louis George had the same job on “Angels Revenge, as did producer/director/screenwriter Greydon Clark. In front of the camera, Joe Don Baker, of course, starred in “Mitchell.” Bill McKinney also appeared in “Master Ninja I.”
• CreditsWatch: Directed by Kevin.
• Fave riff: “The last thing a sausage sees.” Honorable mention: “I’m glad we skipped the cavity search.”
This COULD all be a massive April Fools joke (note the date of the premiere), but take a look at this listing
, found on the web site for “TV Guide” (apparently it’s something called a “magazine”). Credit for the find goes to Tony Goggin. Nice work, Tony.
I want to stress that this has NOT been officially confirmed by anybody. Stay tuned…
New info. Again, no confirmation that this is accurate.