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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1725: John Newton, composer of the song “Amazing Grace” which was heard in the movie in the movie in episode 908- THE TOUCH OF SATAN.
1890: Robert E. Barnes, assistant director of the movie in episode 107- ROBOT MONSTER.
1893: Edward R. Robinson, set designer for the movie in episode 702- THE BRUTE MAN.
1894: Hans Weeren, sound engineer for the movie in episode 103- THE MAD MONSTER.
1909: Stuart Randall, who played Captain John Lauder in the movie in episode 409- THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN.
1909: Alan Curtis, who played a guardsman in the season four serial UNDERSEA KINGDOM.
1912: Nicholas Webster, director of the movie in episode 321- SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS.
1925: John McNamara, who played a neurologist in the movie in episode 319- WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST.
1927: Wilfred Josephs, composer of the musical score for the movie in episode 905- THE DEADLY BEES.
1932: Sandra Giles, who played Jana Ryan in the movie in episode 307- DADDY-O.
1936: Phyllis Douglas, who played Eleanor in the movie in episode 601- GIRLS TOWN.
1946: Leo Anthony Gallagher, aka Gallagher, who was described as “extremely unfunny floating” in a host segment in episode 201- ROCKETSHIP X-M, and was also mentioned in a host segments in episode 319- WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1862: Martin Van Buren (age 79), American president, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 1001- SOULTAKER.
1984: Vincent Beck (age 59), who played Voldar in the movie in episode 321- SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS.
1997: Laszlo Gorog (age 93), screenwriter for the movies in episodes 313- EARTH VS. THE SPIDER and 803- THE MOLE PEOPLE.
1999: Beverly Younger Podewell (age 83), who played (and was, in real life) Buzz’s mom in the short MR. B NATURAL, seen in episode 319- WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST.
2003: Iya Arepina (age 73), who played Alyenushka in the movie “Ilya Muromets,” seen in episode 617- THE SWORD AND THE DRAGON.
2012: Sherman Hemsley (age 74), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 411- THE MAGIC SWORD.

EPISODE PREMIERE ON THIS DATE
1993: Episode 501- WARRIOR OF THE LOST WORLD first shown.

EVENTS ON THIS DATE
1954: The third chapter of “CRASH OF MOONS” from TV’s “Rocky Jones, Space Ranger” premieres in syndication. All three chapters would later be released on video as seen in episode 417- CRASH OF MOONS.
1996: Trace Beaulieu announces that he will not continue with MST3K when it returns on The Sci-Fi Channel.
as Professor Bobo and Mary Jo Pehl will join the writing staff and make a guest appearance as Pearl Forrester.


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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1891: Everett Glass, who played Timmek in the movie WORLD WITHOUT END, riffed in MST3K’s first live show.
1894: Hans Peters, art director for the movie in episode 601- GIRLS TOWN.
1904: Jack Greenhalgh, cinematographer for the movies in episodes 103- THE MAD MONSTER, 107- ROBOT MONSTER and 208- LOST CONTINENT.
1912: Charles Duncan, who did the special effects for the movies in episodes 108- THE SLIME PEOPLE and 902- THE PHANTOM PLANET.
1916: Tom Cound, who played Captain Hawkins in the movie in episode 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS.
1918: Shôichi Hirose, who played the Red Bamboo thug in the movie in episode 213- GODZILLA VS. THE SEA MONSTER.*
1933: Bert Convy, who played Tim Vernon in the movie in episode K13- SST: DEATH FLIGHT.

DIED ON THIS DATE
1970: Leith Stevens (age 60), who did the musical score for WORLD WITHOUT END, riffed in MST3K’s first live show and whose uncredited music was featured in episode 104- WOMEN OF THE PREHISTORIC PLANET.
1978: Charles Horvath (age 57), who played Mike in the movie in episode 805- THE THING THAT COULDN’T DIE.
1994: Hans J. Salter (age 98), who composed some of the movie music in episodes 104- WOMEN OF THE PREHISTORIC PLANET, 702- THE BRUTE MAN and 803- THE MOLE PEOPLE, as well as for THIS ISLAND EARTH, seen in MST3K: THE MOVIE.

EPISODE PREMIERE ON THIS DATE
1994: Episode 602- INVASION U.S.A. (with the short A DATE WITH YOUR FAMILY) first shown.

EVENTS ON THIS DATE
2016: At Comic-Con, it is announced that Season 11 will be carried on Netflix, that Bill Corbett will join the writing staff and will make a guest appearance as Brain Guy, that Kevin Murphy will make a guest appearance as Professor Bobo and Mary Jo Pehl will join the writing staff and make a guest appearance as Pearl Forrester.


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Weekend Discussion Thread – Episode Guide, First Draft: 1114- At the Earth’s Core

Movie: (1976) A Victorian era scientist and his assistant take a test run in their Iron Mole drilling machine and end up in a strange underground world.

Opening: J&tB are having a pre-nuptial heart-to-heart but the Jonah introduces Growler
Invention exchange: With nobody coming to her wedding, Kinga turns to the Observer Hive Mind Manager. The bots have permanent temporary tattoos; The Mads have the Rip Taylor urn cannon
Segment 1: Jonah gives the bots a steampunk makeover
Segment 2: Crow’s a Mahar
Segment 3: Doug McClure visits and offers Max some romantic advice
Closing: As the wedding draws near, Pearl, Bobo and Brain Guy appear to give their blessing, but in the midst of the vows, Max has other plans.
Stinger: “He died as he lived…”
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• Skeleton Crew songs: “I Wish I was in Old Canada,” “Livin’ in Deep 13,” “To Earth” and “Wild Rebels.”

• Well, one of the headlines, if not the biggest one, is the appearance by Joel McHale. In a season full of guest stars, he held his own.
• Biggest news: Jonah’s apparent death. I assume season 12, if there is one, will find him making a miraculous recovery…
• As a kid who grew up in the Philadelphia area, I enjoyed the reference to the giant heart you can climb through at the Franklin Institute.
• Classic riff: “Gamera is friend to all the children,” and “And the crowd goes wild! Yay!”
• Callbacks: Pearl sings a few bars of “When Loving Lovers Love.”
• More in-theater percussion as J&tB go all “Ballroom Blitz.”
• Nice visual riff: “Fantasia” riff with Tom in Mickey ears.
• Fave riff: “I dreamt I as a protocol droid.” Honorable mention: “Back to the Amazon.com warehouse!” and “This Petco adoption day is now what I thought it was gonna be.”

Thoughts?

Episode guide: 811- parts: the clonus horror

Movie: (1979) At a remote facility, clones are being bred to serve as a source of replacement organs for the wealthy and powerful.

First shown: 6/7/97
Opening: Mike has a mustache and the bots like it — sort of
Intro: Three runaway space children awaken the campers
Host segment 1: The campers are forced to play games with the kids
Host segment 2: M&tB help Pearl out by putting on a public TV show
Host segment 3: Pearl, Bobo and Observer have “that” talk with the kids
End: Crow has a nosejob, and Tom has written a poem for the kids
Stinger: “Sure!”
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• This is a (comparatively) thought-provoking idea for a movie, even if it is hamfistedly written, acted and directed. Still, it’s in color, it’s in focus, and its budget was (compared to most other MSTed movies) pretty big, so it’s pretty easy to look at, which helps make it a very watchable episode. The riffing starts slowly, but builds, and by the time of the campfire love scene, they are really clicking. The segments —- featuring a new, brief, story arc with the temperamental and omnipotent space children —- are fun. Not sensational, but there are definitely some laughs there.
• Paul’s take on the episode is here.
• Rhino included this episode in its The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 12.
References.
• In 2005, when DreamWorks released “The Island,” also about a colony that breeds clones to harvest organs for the elite, the makers of “clonus” filed suit, claiming copyright infringement. DreamWorks settled out of court.
• As you enjoy Peter Graves’ performance, remember that he HATED MST3K.
• Just to make a fool of me, the guys completely disregard what I’ve said in the past about them usually showing restraint when a popular TV actor shows up. The presence of Dick Sergeant prompts quite a large number (this time I counted about 10) of “Bewitched” jokes and references. There are plenty of “Biography” references as well.
• I enjoyed Mike’s use of the famous Belloq taunt from “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” I’ve used it myself a time or two since this episode aired. It does have a certain insouciance.
• Daleism: Shot of man’s hand on podium. Servo: “Hey it’s…oh, I thought it was Dale.”
• For those of you playing along at home, this movie was shot a year after Keenan Wynn did “Laserblast,” so pretty much the same Keenan-ey era.
• Speaking of Keenan, I always feel sorry for the Nobels. This complete stranger shows up on their doorstep and they pretty much do the right thing right down the line, and they get blown up as a reward. Sheesh.
• Nice use of Dorf-style camera trickery during the segments. It works especially well on Paul, for some reason. Mike and Bridget are the other two children, of course.
• As Dr. F learned when he asked M&tB for help with his bed and breakfast, NEVER ask M&tB for help! Pearl learns this in segment 2.
• They would actually do a movie called “The Space Children” next season, but I don’t think they are really making a direct reference to that movie here.
• There’s a residual Adam Duritz riff.
• Best host segment line: “Tanta Bobo has to go see Uncle Reconstructive Urologist.”
• Mary Jo is hilarious in the “facts of life” segment.
• Then-current reference: Tom’s cry of “50 free hours of AOL???” Which was an offer Americans were getting at every turn.
• Cast and crew roundup: special effects guy Steve Karkus also worked on “The Touch of Satan” as did makeup guy Joe Blasco (he also did special effects for “Track of the Moon Beast.”)
In front of the camera, Peter Graves, of course, was in “It Conquered the World,” “Beginning of the End,” “SST: Death Flight” and was a narrator for “Attack of the the Eye Creatures. Keenan Wynn, as noted, was also in “Laserblast.” Lurene Tuttle was also in “Untamed Youth.” Greg Brickman did some stunts in “Hangar 18.”
• CreditsWatch: Beginning with this episode, Jim gets an “executive producer” credit that continues through the end of season 10. Kevin gets the first of several “produced and directed by” credits this season. This is the last week Brad Keeley gets an “audio mix” credit. And this is the last week John Sims gets a “SFX/foley” credit (but he’ll be back).
• Fave riff: “She really WAS on top of old smokey, wasn’t she?” Honorable mention: “Just making sure he hates this…”

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