Summary: This cinematic slop,
directed by Roger "Gets Far More Respect than He Deserves"
Corman, has a former student returning to his teacher at the
"Institute Of Psychical Research" (yeah, right) to prove
that he has surpassed this ex-mentor, who bears an
unfortunate resemblance to Mel Cooley of The Dick Van Dyke Show. Apparently tutored by mystics in Nepal, this
weird and disturbing younger psychicicical researcher
endeavors to regress a streetwalker -- whose time he has
quite appropriately paid for -- through her past lives. The
point? Who knows. Ask Roger Corman.
Prologue: Mike tries to sum up the adventures of himself and the 'Bots since being brought back to the SOL, but Crow and Servo insist that he supply more background information to put it all in context. Mike winds up regressing back to a temp job he once had, where some bad memory distracts him and makes him mumble frighteningly, in a bitter reverie.
Segment One: The Observers administer an intelligence test to Mike, the 'Bots, Pearl, and Bobo. No one scores very high at all except Servo, who does extraordinarily well. In fact, he scores higher than one of the three Observers did. Servo modestly insists that he just "tests well."
Segment Two: Servo is missing from the SOL. Turns out he's down on the Observers' planet, where he's been invited to become one of them. But he quickly proves that he doesn't belong there: he can't read any mind but his own, the "brain" he carries is actually an olive, and to boot, he steals of their silverware. After a hearty chase, the Observers return him to the SOL.
Segment Three: The sultry witch from The Undead visits the satellite, and finds that her shape-shifting talents are a bit rusty - out of control, in fact. She involuntarily metamorphoses at a furious rate, becoming a cat, a lizard, and a series of other animals and inanimate objects, really tiring her out. She's stuck in the guise of a bottle of Clorox bleach when Mike and 'Bots must return to the movie.
Segment Four: Mike finds an old album from his collection featuring Digger Smolken, the singing gravedigger from the movie. Smolken reinterprets modern and classic songs with his signature style, changing all the lyrics to sing about death, corpses, filth, rats, and all that other neat stuff.
Segment Five: Bobo, in his jammies, gets up for a midnight snack. He prepares himself a sandwich with loving attention to every detail, but mistakes the Observers' brain enrichment chamber for a fridge. And -- of course - proceeds to include one of the Observers' brains on his beautiful sandwich. He discovers his mistakes when each bite produces a scream, and he quickly tries to rectify his error, crudely taping the brain back together and scurrying back to his room with a jar of mayonnaise (mayo-NAISE!).
Reflections: This movie sat on all of our heads. The plot's
logic defies any amount of painstaking analysis, even that
involving elaborate flow charts and hired consultants from
the most respected universities and think tanks in the
country. Next time you have the notion to defend Roger
Corman as a good director, watch this movie and repent.