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This Date in MSTory

1907: Gordon Bau, who did the make-up for the movie in episode 112- UNTAMED YOUTH.
1915: Monroe P. Askins, cinematographer for the movies in episodes 317- VIKING WOMEN AND THE SEA SERPENT and 420- THE HUMAN DUPLICATORS.
1920: Harold Sakata aka “Odd Job,” who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 304- GAMERA VS. BARUGON.
1928: Frank Guthke, assistant director of the movie in episode 1009- HAMLET.*
1936: Ron Masak, who played the sheriff in the movie in episode 706- LASERBLAST.*
1937: Chris Anders, who played Schloss in the movie in episode 815- AGENT FOR H.A.R.M.

1965: Robert Roark (age 49), producer of the movie in episode 509- THE GIRL IN LOVERS LANE.
1990: Paul Wittenberg (age 63), assistant editor of the movie in episode 313- EARTH VS. THE SPIDER.
1991: Michael Landon (age 54), who played Tony Rivers in episode 809- I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF.
1999: Edward Dmytryk (age 90), the American producer of the movie in episode 1009- HAMLET.
1999: John W. Rogers (age 82), assistant director of the movies in episodes 313- EARTH VS. THE SPIDER and 319- WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST.
2009: Karl Malden (age 97), who was mentioned (or, rather, his nose was mentioned) in a host segment in episode 213- GODZILLA VS. THE SEA MONSTER.

1959: The movie in episode 407- THE KILLER SHREWS is reviewed in Variety.
2000: The book MIKE NELSON’S MOVIE MEGACHEESE hits book stores.

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New Short from RiffTrax…


More Bridget and Mary Jo goodness! Stream or download it here.

Weekend Discussion Thread: MST3k-Inspired Horse Names

Alert readers Steve & Keri suggest:

With the recent triple crown win, I thought: what if I owned a racehorse, and what MST-related name would I give it. I always thought “Prince of Space” would make a great racehorse name. Others I like include “Flag on the Moon.” “Satellite of Love,” “Sirveaux” and “Push the Button.”

I think my filly would be called “Torgo’s Knees.”

What about you?

Now Available from RiffTrax…


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Episode guide: 310- Fugitive Alien

Movie: (1978 original TV show episodes; 1986 compilation movie) Alien marauder Ken becomes a fugitive from his home planet, then joins the Earth spaceship Bacchus 3 to fight against his former masters. Meanwhile, his girlfriend Rita is sent on a deadly mission.

First shown: 8/17/91
Opening: Old Joel Robinson had a farm?
Invention exchange: The mads demonstrate their eye, ear, nose & throat dropper; Joel has invented a musical chair and there’s a special guest in Deep 13: Jack Perkins!
Host segment 1: J&tB stage a hat party
Host segment 2: Joel forces Crow and Tom to reenact a scene from the movie
Host segment 3: Crow and Tom are confused by the movie, so Joel helps out using Syd Field’s “Screenplay.”
End: Joel explains his buttons and reads a letter, in Deep 13, they’re still torturing Jack Perkins.
Stinger: “AHAHAHAHA….you’re STUCK HERE!”
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (133 votes, average: 4.63 out of 5)

• Wow, this was really a watershed episode. There’s so much going on here. The sketches are all great, the movie is mind-boggling and the riffing is everything you want from an MST3K episode. An instant and enduring classic. Plus, it’s full of phrases that immediately became part of the MSTie lexicon, from “You’re stuck here!” to the merry tune, “He tried to kill me with a forkliiiiift….” One of the best.
• This episode was on Shout’s “Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Vol XXIV.”
• Love the opener. These folks have been around farmers and they know farmer talk. Tom’s “help ussss!” is priceless.
• Mike is also hilarious as Jack Perkins. Jack would return, and not just in Deep 13. The character of “the host” who introduced the “MST3K Hour” shows was loosely based on Jack, though he was never explicitly called Jack Perkins. By the way, the real Mr. Perkins reportedly found Mike’s impersonation as hilarious as everybody else did.
• Hopelessly dated line: “He’s in more trouble than ‘Hudson Hawk’ at the box office!” It seemed like a big deal at the time.
• Call forward: Tom mentions “Marooned.”
• The “Marooned” mention comes as part of a succession of bits Tom and Crow do in the theater when they pretend they are scif-fi geeks. Geek culture is now robustly defended by the members of its community. Did (does?) anyone who considers themselves part of that community have a problem with these bits?
• Vaguely dirty lines: Joel: “I wanna die in the thong section of Victoria’s Secret!” Also: “Speaking of punishing mercilessly….rooowrrr!”
• Literary riff: Tom: “Biff!” Crow: “Happy!” SOMEbody’s read/seen “Death of a Salesman.”
• Does this episode hold the record for the most callbacks? Among them: “Third planet from the sun shall be called…Earth” (Women of the Prehistoric Planet); a reference to the “geometric nucleus” (Cave Dwellers); “It was after the…Robot Holocaust;” “I was in Time of the Apes!” “…and a good friend” (Rocketship XM); “Trumpy, you’re stinky!” (Pod People) “Hikeeba!” (Women of the Prehistoric Planet.) “Hey, like the Wild Rebels!” “This must be the [fill in the blank]…I’ve heard them talk about…so much…lately?” (Gamera); “Rock climbing, Joel.” (Lost Continent). Did I miss any?
• Crow has a right to be concerned in segment two. Didn’t Gypsy have a six-foot foam scorpion stinger hanging off her butt during episode 113- THE BLACK SCORPION? There’s a precedent!
• I noticed something this time about the “forklift” song. The first time they sing “This is the chase, Rocky and Ken,” they do so before the movie reveals that it was Rocky driving the forklift (though Ken immediately suspects him and says so).
• When Joel punches the bots in segment 2, note how VERY GENTLY he punches them. He knows how fragile they are.
• Joel is great in the closing bit. “That’s portion control. Next question.”
• This week’s cast and crew roundup is a short one: screenwriter Keiichi Abe also was one of the writers for “Time of the Apes.” That’s it.
• CreditsWatch: Trace and Frank are still guest “villians” (misspelled) and Dr. F’s last name is still spelled “Forrestor.” Special Make-up: Crist Ballas and Glen Griffin. I’m guessing that’s Mike’s Jack Perkins getup. This was Faye Burkholder’s last episode doing regular hair and makeup.
• Fave riff: “Uh, you’re crying on my bombs.” Honorable mention: “Oh, those are bugs. They wash right off.”

RIP Dick Van Patten

Van Patten SANTA MONICA, CALIF.–Genial actor Dick Van Patten, perhaps best known as the dad in the TV series “Eight is Enough,” died Tuesday, June 23, at a hospital here. He was 86.
MSTies will remember he was presented as the mastermind in Crow’s expose of “The Van Patten Project” in a host segment in episode 322- MASTER NINJA I.

There’s a nice long obit here.

RIP James Horner

Horner SANTA BARBARA, CALIF.–Two-time Oscar-winning composer James Horner, who worked on three James Cameron films, two ‘Star Trek’ movies and hits like ‘A Beautiful Mind,’ ‘Field of Dreams’ and ‘Apollo 13,’ died Monday, June 22, in a plane crash near here. He was 61.
MSTies will remember that he composed the theme music for the movie in episode 703- DEATHSTALKER AND THE WARRIORS FROM HELL.

The Hollywood Reporter has the story.

Also from RiffTrax…

This is not a Rifftrax site, per se. It’s a site devoted to all things MST3K, and to whatever the cast and crew of MST3K is doing now. So when there are RiffTrax releases that don’t feature the MST3K cast, it’s not really in our wheelhouse.

But…I have a special place in my heart for Janet Varney and Cole Stratton, because I think their “Dirty Dancing” riff is one of the funniest things in the RiffTrax library.

So, stepping out of the wheelhouse a little, Janet and Cole have a new one…

Download or stream it here.

And since we’re out here already, I guess it’s worth mentioning that Matthew Elliot (this time joined by Ian Potter) put one out a couple of weeks ago…


Download or stream it here.

Weekend Discussion Thread: Favorite MSTed Dads

Alert regular Timmy suggests, since it’s Father’s Day weekend:

Who is your favorite father on mst3k (and least favorite too). Mine is Joel since he was a father figure to the bots (while Mike was the crazy uncle).

Gotta go with the permissive, clueless dad in “The Violent Years.” Oh, and he stinks at his job, too.

What’s your pick?

Annotated ‘Werewolf’

Another annotated episode has been posted: ‘Werewolf.’

1. As always, if you catch a reference they haven’t annotated, or if they need to make a correction, post in the comments THERE, not here.

2. Remember that they only annotate the theater segments. Not host segments. If you suggest a reference in a host segment, they will ignore it.