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Episode Guide: 1102- Cry Wilderness

Movie: (1987) A young boy, alerted by Bigfoot that his forest ranger father is in peril, travels to the woods to save him.

Opening: Gypsy is working on some overhead wiring and is dropping objects on J&tB. Crow tries to catch one and fails.
Invention exchange: Jonah uses a theramin for Thanksgiving music; the Mads have rotating Carvel Ice Cream characters.
Segment 1: The bots are laughing raccoons and Jonah is a laughing dad
Segment 2: Jonah explains how the movie got made
Segment 3: Brain Guy, Bobo and Pearl visit Kinga and Max
Closing: Crow & Tom, wearing a Red Hawk disguise, try to trick Max into giving them the keys to Jonah’s ship.
Stinger: Big game hunter guy chows down.
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (16 votes, average: 4.25 out of 5)

• Jonah explains that he is required to act out the show open each time. I have to say I don’t really get it, but then I don’t really get the whole “liquid video” thing.
• This episode features the first appearance of Rebecca Hanson as Synthia, the clone of Pearl. She was a big hit during the 2017 live tour.
• Interesting riff: “This looks like a state park.” In the ACEG, Mary Jo denigrated this very type of riff. Did Joel and the writing team know that?
• There is a long quiet space of no riffing during Red Hawk’s monolog
• Increasingly obscure riff: “I also have dental practice in Minnesota.”
• Callbacks: “Rowsdower?” (Final Sacrifice), a mention of an interociter (This Island Earth).
• This film shares a writer and several cast members with the 1977 Brigham Young biopic “Brigham.”
• The film was Jay Schlossberg-Cohen’s only full feature. According to his website, he once served as director of the Maryland Film Commission and now works as a fine artist.
• Puppeteer Grant Baciocco shared a story about a connection to Cry Wilderness on the MST3K Discussion Board:
“When we were filming this, I instantly realized that the cinematographer listed in the credits lived upstairs from me in my first apartment. By chance, I saw him walking down the street a couple months ago and told him they’d be riffing this film and he flipped out. He said, “I didn’t think anybody remembered that film.” He said it was the first project he worked on in Hollywood and the whole crew thought that the director was going to be the next Spielberg … until they started filming.
Grant also revealed he was Kevin’s virtual hands in the grooming of Patton.
• Fave riff: “Wikipedia, the print edition, at last.” Honorable mention: “Let’s head out to supercuts, son. I’m buyin.’”

This Date in MSTory

1915: Jack Dusick, make-up artist for the movies in episodes 607- BLOODLUST and 808- THE SHE-CREATURE.
1919: Marshall Green, assistant director of the movie in episode 805- THE THING THAT COULDN’T DIE.
1923: Hugh O’Brian, who played Harry Chamberlin in the movie in episode 201- ROCKETSHIP X-M.
1928: Luciana Giussani, who, with her sister Angela, created the comic book character Diabolik and whose stories were used in the movie in episode 1013- DIABOLIK.
1930: Dick Sargent, who played Dr. Jameson in the movie in episode 811- PARTS: THE CLONUS HORROR.
1935: Dudley Moore, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 311- IT CONQUERED THE WORLD.
1937: Elinor Donahue, who played Mary Lee Morgan in the movie in episode 601- GIRLS TOWN.*
1940: Terry Bourke, production manager for the movie in episode K18- THE MILLION EYES OF SU-MURU.
1954: Tony Plana, who played Ramos in the movie in episode 403- CITY LIMITS.*

1882: Charles Darwin (age 73) , who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 324- MASTER NINJA 2.
1946: Mae Busch (age 54), who played Susan in the movie in episode 103- THE MAD MONSTER.
1966: Paul Palmentola (age 78), art director of the movies in episodes 507- I ACCUSE MY PARENTS and 522- TEEN-AGE CRIME WAVE.
1992: James A. Rosenberger (age 84), assistant director of the movie in episode 523- VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS.
1994: Michael Carreras (age 66), producer and screenwriter for the movie in episode 111- MOON ZERO TWO.
2017: Dick Contino (age 87), who played the title role in the movie in episode 307- DADDY-O and Stan Joyce in the movie in episode 601- GIRLS TOWN.

1997: episode 809- I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF first shown.

1967: The movie “Gamera Tai Gyaos,” seen in episode 308- GAMERA VS. GAOS is reviewed in Variety.
1996: MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: THE MOVIE opens in theaters. Mike Nelson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy and Trace Beaulieu donate a robot puppet at the Planet Hollywood in Minneapolis.
2005: Rhino Home Video releases “The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 7.”

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Weekend Discussion Thread: Memorized Eps

Alert regular Paul writes in to say:

I was inspired by how in the Ray Bradbury book “Fahrenheit 451.” At the end of it, the heroic protagonists are adapting to a world where books are banned. They commit themselves to memorizing whole books, to ensure they are not lost from destruction of physical copies.

Are there certain episodes of MST3K that you have memorized whole sections of, it not practically the whole episode?

Me and my friends in our youth use to be able to recite whole sections of the Invasion of the Neptune Men episode of MST3K.

I was able to recite and act out the Noh Theater host segment without a script in front of me.

Same goes for long stretches of movie riffing segments. I was able to quote the jokes as well as the movie dialog in the order as played out.

What about other MSTies?

Manos and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians– I can recite the movie and the riffing.

Amybody else?

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RIP Tim O’Connor

NEVADA CITY, CALIF.–Timothy J. O’Connor, who had a long and distinguished career as one of the leading character actors of his generation, passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 5, in his here, at the age of 90.

MSTies will remember him as Dr. Revere in the TV movie “The Stranger,” seen in episode 305- STRANDED IN SPACE.

His home town paper has the story.

Thanks to Timmy for the heads up.