It's been awhile since I posted some episode thoughts. Time to catch up and comment on the episodes i've watched the last few months.
Time of the Apes
This is a pretty good episode, I don't think of it as a classic as some fans do but it's pretty good. The riffing is nice and solid, not many spots where I wasn't laughing.
I oftened wondered what this Planet of the Apes tv rip-off was actually like, as in was it actually any good. Because this thing is chopped to hell, things move so fast it just makes it a mess. The dubbing doesn't help much either.
That Johnny kid really got on my nerves, not on the level of Whatney in Outlaw or Moony in Beatnicks but pretty close. The whole "I don't care line" is such a stupid thing, thanks alot dubbers. But it leads to some great riffing.
Host segments are good, esp at the end when Joel and the Bots bust out the now infamous Sandy Frank Song.
The movie was a source of pain, but Joel and Bots deal it the killer blows it so richly deserves.
After picking up Volume 22 I was finally looking foward to tackling the infamous and incoherent Mighty Jack.
To my surprise, i was actually able to follow some of what was going on! Due to the blending of several episodes into a feature length movie you still get a mess when it comes to plot and continuity. Still, what I was able to make out was Q had one of the most lame super weapon's ive ever seen, and that Mighty Jack's security when it comes to double agents and spies alternated between really genre savvy and just plain stupid. Plus it doesn't help your already induced confusion when the spy agency and their super duper flying submarine are both called Mighty Jack.
Oh and scene where Q attempts to torture Mr Atari for info on Mighty Jack was so lame it was funny, I mean really, that's the best thing they could do!?
The riffing was good and solid. I did like all the drug related riffs which kinda fit with how confusing and incoherent the plot was. It was a bit slow in some places but Joel and bots got into a real groove in the second half of the movie that helped save the episode from mediocrity.
The host segemts were a mixed bag, I loved the Mighty Jack Dog Food skit and their mocking of the torture method in the movie. Plus they end the episode strong with the excellent "Slow the Plot Down" song.
Post by angilasman on Apr 16, 2012 19:54:59 GMT -5
Last of the Wild Horses
"Bit of an ion storm up here..."
The movie may only be a bit above average (not that there's anything wrong with that), but the host segments really do make this one of the essential episodes. I agree with Frank's assessment in the episode guide that this one (as opposed to Gunslinger) really felt like a western. That's fun for MST3K and for some reason, despite the sheer volume of cheesy westerns, it was rare for the show.
Post by angilasman on Apr 19, 2012 17:51:23 GMT -5
Fairly average - maybe on the lower side of average - season 2 episode. The Joey the Lemur sketch was either a failed attempt at meta comedy (puppets being forced to endure bad puppetry) or just a slapped together lump of fudge. Crow's monologue in the segment after the short was golden, though. Definitely the best part of the episode.
The animal cruelty made me feel a bit ill.
On the upside: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy reference!
Post by inlovewithcrow on Apr 20, 2012 11:34:28 GMT -5
In honor of Popocatépetl's current eruption, The Black Scorpion. It strikes me that the romantic relationship in the movie is very adult, two successful, mature people connecting. In today's movies, even the adults seems to have adolescent relationships. Just musing...
Post by angilasman on Apr 22, 2012 22:12:03 GMT -5
The Castle of Fu Manchu
Wow. That was one of the roughest movies they ever did. So... uninteresting, and not uninteresting in an odd, interesting way like some of the other films they did. I think the last host segment (with the Mads riffing) was the funniest part of the episode.
Also, from what I know about the Fu mythos (which is admittedly little) Nayland Smith is supposed to be the Holmes to Fu's Moriarty. I don't think the movie really pulled that off, do you?
In terms of riffing this was the best episode of this new set (though the host segments in Wild Horses make it the best episode overall). The late '70s to '90s TV movie is a good genre for MST3K. Enjoyed the silliness of the continuing "Magic Voice teaches Crow and Tom a lesson" host segments.
Ian McShane looks a lot like Terry Jones in this movie.
Post by Diana Prince? on Apr 24, 2012 16:08:29 GMT -5
I haven't watched a new Rifftrax or anything of the like for a while, but I thought I'd take a break from my Criterion film fest and dig through the latest MST set.
King Dinosaur What a refreshing feeling it is to return to riffing, I laughed throughout - but a great part of the charm of MST is the characters, it adds much having Joel and the Bots and the Mads around.
Much of this had a sloppy feel to it, but it was fun. Joey the Lemur was such a train wreck, but that was part of the hilarity for me. Joel is flubbing lines so badly by the time he stumbled over the word "Elderly" I had to wipe tears from my eyes - it truly was so bad it was good.
The short was a blast as well. "You see, I stopped a car with my face once. My forehead's all bondo"- Servo as Guardian Angel
Castle of Fu Manchu ...and all those good feelings disappear with this one. It has a couple of great riffs, but there was a lot that simply doesn't make me laugh. And even the charm of the cast doesn't help lift this up.
I noticed they kept repeating the same "That Girl"/Marlo Thomas quip for Fu's daughter.
Post by Diana Prince? on Apr 25, 2012 23:58:05 GMT -5
Last of the Wild Horses “Howdy, Hitler!” Skipped over Diamondhead to catch this ep -- I love the skits and the Frank and Forrester in the theater was a riot, I was doubled over with laughter (Like the –“My Life as a Dog” as a western, line). Good steady experiment top to bottom.
I just finished watching Outlaw of Gor. Fantastic episode. The movie was ridiculous enough to make fun of itself. The genius of Toobular Boobular Joy need not be recapped here, but it was amazing that no one stumbled over the verbiage or cracked up in the middle of it (then again I wonder how many takes it took to get right). The highlight for me was the Jack Palance biography segment...and "you dis-GAST-ing WUUUURM," of course. Overacting at its very best.
Next up, episode 1014: Cod Police.
Mike: "You can't screech on a dirt road, it's physically impossible."