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Episode guide: 910- The Final Sacrifice

Movie: (1990) Searching for his long-lost father, a teen runs afoul of a devil-worshiping cult, then teams up with a beer-guzzling drifter.

First shown: 7/25/98
Opening: With the power shut down, the bots go looting
Intro: Pearl decides to rule the world…one person at a time
Host segment 1: Servo’s song–a tribute to Canada–goes horribly wrong
Host segment 2: Everybody (but Mike) contracts Hockey Hair
Host segment 3: Mike comes down with a case of Grizzled Old Prospector Syndrome
End: The bots have formed a muffiny cult; Pearl has another victim
Stinger: “Rowsdower…?”
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (313 votes, average: 4.71 out of 5)

• This is one of the Sci-Fi era’s best. The riffing is rock solid, the movie is mindbogglingly dopey and most of the segments are good fun.
• This episode is included in Shout’s Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Vol. XVII.
• The Shout disk, by the way, has a fascinating interview with the guy who played Zap Rowsdower, in which he reveals that he had not seen this episode! I hope the Shout people gave him one!
• Mary Jo offers her thoughts on this episode here.
• That’s Peter Rudrud, in his only on-camera role, as Todd Gunderson
• Not a big fan of the opening or intro segments. Both ideas sort of peter out.
• Segment 1 became an instant classic. Hard on its heels came South Park’s “Blame Canada,” and there really was a (jokingly) anti-Canada vibe going on for a while there. I recall Canadian fans (who were getting episodes shipped to them by fans in the states, since the show never aired there) desperate for details of the song as discussions began online immediately after the show.
• Speaking of blaming Canada, M&tB found the phrase “Lemon Mine” amusing but it’s a thing, a Canadian thing.
• Segment 2 is another winner, a funny idea mined for just enough laughs, that doesn’t overstay its welcome.
• Crow and Tom still have hockey hair when they return to the theater.
• One of the things I love about this episode is the way the movie just keeps giving them stuff to work with. Just when you think they were running out of Rowsdower jokes, the grizzled old guy arrives. Oooh, it’s comedy gold, consarn it!
• Callback: “A worwilf!”
• Segment 3 extends the premise of segment 2 very nicely. Mike really seems to enjoy that beard.
• Another highlight of the episode: Tom sings the Rowsdower song during the credits, while Crow attempts to pitch “Final Sacrifice: The Series.” Clearly written by somebody who has suffered through meetings like this.
• I actually like the closing bit in the castle, especially Paul as willing — and hungry — thrall Carl. I especially like the way he very comfortably calls Pearl “my liege.”
• Cast and crew roundup: nobody.
• CreditsWatch: Directed by Kevin. Mary Jo returns to the writing room after her trip to the West Coast.
• Fave riff: “Dear Counselor Troi: I waited at Denny’s but you didn’t meet me!” Honorable mention: “I wonder if they have beer on the sun?”

This Date in MSTory

1503: Nostradamus, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 411- THE MAGIC SWORD.
1889: Hugh Huntley, who played Perkins in season two serial THE PHANTOM CREEPS.
1898: Alfred Berke, wardrobe supervisor for the movies in episodes 208- LOST CONTINENT and 611- LAST OF THE WILD HORSES.
1918: Peter Mamakos, who played Borman in the movie in episode 204- CATALINA CAPER.
1932: Phil Hetos, color timer for MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: THE MOVIE.
1946: Michael Ovitz, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 305- STRANDED IN SPACE.*
1952: John Lurie, musical score composer for the movie in episode 403- CITY LIMITS.*

1964: Bert Stevens (age 59), who played Col. Hill in the movie in episode 517- BEGINNING OF THE END and a member of the search party in the movie in episode 801- REVENGE OF THE CREATURE.
1967: Frank Moran (age 80), who played Angel in the movie in episode 105- THE CORPSE VANISHES.
1977: Allen K. Wood (age 79), production manager for the movie WORLD WITHOUT END, riffed in MST3K’s first live show.
1984: Richard C. Currier (age 92), editor for the movies in episodes 320- THE UNEARTHLY and 701- NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST.
1984: Joseph E. Kenney (age 73), assistant director for the movie in episode 802- THE LEECH WOMAN.
1991: Rit Wallis (age 33), editor of the movie in episode 822- OVERDRAWN AT THE MEMORY BANK.
1995: Leo Needham (age 80), who played a truck driver in the movie in episode 906- THE SPACE CHILDREN.
1997: Stubby Kaye (age 79), who was included in the list of prominent “doughy guys” shown in a host segment in episode 522- TEEN-AGE CRIME WAVE.
1998: Vittorio Cottafavi (age 84), director/screenwriter for the movie in episode 412- HERCULES AND THE CAPTIVE WOMEN.
1998: Lord Lew Grade (age 91), ITC executive producer, responsible for distributing the movies in episodes K01- INVADERS FROM THE DEEP and K02- REVENGE OF THE MYSTERONS.

1991: episode 320- THE UNEARTHLY (with the shorts POSTURE PALS and APPRECIATING YOUR PARENTS) first shown.

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Suzanna Leigh, RIP

Winter Garden, Florida — actress Suzanna Leigh, who co-starred with Elvis Presley in the 1966 musical comedy “Paradise, Hawaiian Style,” has died. She was 72.
MSTies will remember her starring role as Vicki Robbins in the movie in episode 905- THE DEADLY BEES.

The Hollywood Reporter has the story.

Thanks to Timmy for the heads up.

Weekend Discussion Thread: What Happened

Kenneth is back with another one, which I am going to expand on now that season 12 is on:

Let’s venture into fan fiction and hear your theories over what happened between “Diabolik” and “Reptilicus.” What questions are we left with, and what are your personal answers? Who went where? Where are they now?

And I’m going to add: What has become of the characters since the end of season 11 and what’s next?

Let the guesses fly!