K19 - Hangar 18 (Missed opportunity to riff this movie for episode 18)
This one is alright. It's far from my favorite KTMA episode, but it's fairly decent. The movie at least has an interesting concept around it. It's all UFOs and hunting for aliens. That's gotta be exciting, right? Well, yeah it kinda is. Sometimes, there's some interesting things going on. Like with the weird Uncle Fester aliens and the car chase and the talking and the... talking. Yeah, this movie is kinda of a wasted opportunity, but it's not the worst garbage ever featured on the show. The riffing here is quite low energy, but there manages to be some decent jokes here and there. They at least manage to keep this movie interesting, but even then there were parts where my attention was fading. The host segments here are kinda pointless and don't really have much funny stuff happening. However, I think the idea of Crow being created just as a set up to one big joke is kinda funny in a messed up way. This is an episode that I could see myself using as a sleep aid more than anything. The movie is inoffensive, the riffing is laidback, and it has a few bright spots here and there. So, it's not the best episode of the KTMA season, but I'd say it's still worth giving a shot. It's definitely much better than Superdome, which is probably my least favorite KTMA.
K20 - The Last Chase (fittingly, this is my last KTMA episode!)
It helps that the movie here is much more entertaining than Hangar 18 was. A post apocalyptic chase movie that actually has a good amount of chasing in it, along with really goofy characters. Honestly, this movie is kinda fun, but I don't know if I would want to watch it on its own. It's definitely one of the better movies of the season, and it's way more interesting than Hangar 18 or Superdome. Riffing is fine enough here. There weren't any big laughs, but there were enough smiles from Joel and the bots to keep me engaged. Once again, Servo is the one with the best lines here. "Thank you, dragon bitch." Host segments were mainly just reading letters. So, there isn't too much to say about them. However, the opening where Dr. Forrester tries to make cold fusion in Larry's mouth is... kinda funny? I guess just for how bizarre and random it is. Overall, I wouldn't consider this a favorite of the KTMA season. However, I think it's entertaining enough that it barely slides into the good category. And with that, KTMA is done! I think I want to rewatch some episodes before doing a season review. However, I think I can safely say that the KTMA era is nowhere near as bad as many people make it out to be. There's some genuinely good jokes and episodes here, and it helps that the movies are colorful and mostly pretty entertaining on their own. It's a good season to just pick an episode from and relax to it. And the host segments here are adorably low budget. So, I'd say give the KTMA era a shot.
Post by glowgirl004 on May 14, 2021 10:13:16 GMT -5
Getting back to my pandemic challenge of watching MST3K episodes and along with my favorites, I'm trying to watch ones I haven't seen before. I watched Hercules for the first time last night and WOW was it dull. The riffing was good and I liked the invention exchanges. Did the Mads predict working from home with their cellular desk?
Also, I now get the "We can take in an old Steve Reeves movie" line from Sweet Transvestite.
"I went and liberated France while you were dancing!" - I Accuse My Parents
"Every frame of this movie looks like someone's last known photograph!" - "Manos" The Hands of Fate
"Is that the Jeopardy theme done in a minor key?" - Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
Just finished "Track of The Moon Beast." It has become one of my favorite episodes. Not many MISTies talk about this episode, but it is definitely a classic.
I just watched it the other night and howled with laughter, the characters are so colorful and fun to riff on (though they did take a mean shot at the blond woman, about her age, which felt more like a personal dig than one directed at the character ("still trying to pretend your not old", or something like that).... but perhaps that only bugged me because she seemed nice in her interview on the DVD extra - she sounded like she loved the show and the episode, so maybe she was okay with it all).
Post by leeharveyosmond on Jul 27, 2021 18:13:01 GMT -5
i put on The Creeping Terror and Bloodlust! back to back while messing around online last night and busted up over the latter episode when Mike goes "I love liquor. I should gain weight so I can handle more of this stuff." that matter of fact, dry delivery is just the best.
Humanoid Woman. What a trip this movie is. Kept getting dragged into the plot and ignoring the riffs. Got to find an uncut and unriffed version someday.
Hubbs - keep looking for the original Soviet version with subtitles - it exists - I have seen it online. You can search for the original title: Cherez ternii k zvyozdam and Через тернии к звёздам. It's worth it - I like this film and especially the soundtrack by Alexei Rybnikov. Good luck sir!
Zombie Nightmare. I finally realized what the problem with this movie is. The cops should have had a story line during the first half of the film. They just show up after the first revenge kill, and then take over the movie. I'd wager the film wouldn't have even been in the "bad" category if we'd seen the cops investigating during the first half. It's the major flaw in the story structure.
To prep for season 13, I have two episodes planned to watch before checking out each new one. These typically match the season 13 movie in terms of style or time period. Or sometimes, they're just ones part of the same series. I started with The Robot Vs. The Aztec Mummy. Since Santo is a Mexican series, I figured another Mexican movie with sci-fi elements would be good prep for it.
And I gotta say, this episode is actually pretty decent. I still prefer The Crawling Eye, but there are some fun moments in this episode. The movie is a total snooze, although watching the mummy and the robot shuffle around is pretty funny. Their anticlimatic fight at the end is also legendary. It's a very interesting episode, as there's a lot of experimentation going on in it. They mess with not only the contrast of the film, but with the sound of it as well. There are a couple jokes that use audio not coming from the riffers, such as lowering the volume of the film when Joel is covering a woman's mouth. While I wouldn't want this type of joke in every episode, I think they can work every now and then. I thought they were pretty clever here, and they're not distracting either. The episode also has a bit of a story arc, possibly the first in MST3K history. It's a silly and fun enough story with a bunch of demon dogs attacking the Satellite of Love. Nothing mindblowing, but it's a start for sure. That kinda describes the whole episode for me. It's obviously not the most amazing episode ever. Much better episodes would follow, even later in this same season. However, the show had to start somewhere, and this is an okay early episode. It's certainly something I wouldn't mind catching late night on TV.
Next time, I'll be watching a movie that actually has Santo in it.
Tonight's episode was Samson Vs. The Vampire Women, in preparation for Santo in The Treasure of Dracula.
And I gotta say, this episode is actually better than I remember it being. It had me laughing and smiling quite a few times. The vampires themselves stole the show for me. Not only are the vampire women hot, but they have a lot of good jokes thrown at them too. I love it when the riffs expose a more human and mundane side to the film. Like when the first vampire wakes up, there's a riff about her having to make breakfast because she woke up earlier. There's lots of great jokes like that here. And of course, the episode is a good finale for TV's Frank. He even gets a nice song in dedication to him. So, it's definitely a good episode overall. Not one of my favorites, but I enjoyed it more than I thought.
So, from now on, I might post these little reviews somewhere else. Maybe I could take that old season review thread and turn in into a more general thread for MST3K reviews. But I’ll figure that all out later. Anyway, I'm excited for the season 13 premiere, and I hope that this season will be a good one. See you then!
To prep for episode 1302, I chose two movies that are stylistically very similar. These are Future War and Atlantic Rim. Classic MST3K never had any giant robot movies as far as I can remember, unless you count Jet Jaguar in Godzilla Vs. Megalon. So, this was really the closest movie I could find that might be in the same vein as Robot Wars. And as for Future War, it's a pretty solid season 10 episode. Good riffing all around, and I quite like a few of the host segments. Crow's weird water presentation was fun, and I also like Pearl attempting to blow up the SOL and acting like she didn't do anything wrong. The end credits scene is also pretty fun, with a giant Servo invading the theater. What was probably the funniest part of the movie to be was being able to identify one of the stock sound effects. The sound used for the screaming dinosaurs is also used for the Spider Mastermind in Doom. So, it was pretty funny hearing it in this movie when I'm so used to it coming from a giant spider robot with a chaingun. Not much more to say here, other than it's a good episode.
Now I am NOT looking forward to watching Atlantic Rim again. But who knows? Maybe it will finally click with me this time.